What Your Testosterone Levels Mean for Erectile Function

By Dr. Kenneth Orbeck

Testosterone plays an essential role in the male body. This sex hormone regulates sex drive, muscle mass, metabolism, and more. Low testosterone (low T) can lead to a range of unwanted symptoms, including a loss of intimacy and libido.
If you have low T, intimacy can become difficult or unsatisfying. You may notice a drop in your libido or loss of sensation. These symptoms can have a powerful impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, help is available.

Regenerative Medical Institute offers a wide range of sexual rejuvenation therapies. Treatment begins with an in-depth evaluation. My team uses laboratory tests to measure your hormones. We then provide discreet, sensitive consultations to understand your symptoms and outline a treatment plan specifically for you.

We explore treatments that can restore your vitality and quality of life. If you struggle with low T, pellet hormone therapy may be the solution you’ve been searching for. This fuss-free option can boost your testosterone levels and deliver lasting results. Read on to learn more.

What causes low T?

Your testosterone peaks around age 18. During your late 20s, the levels start to decline. At first, this change may be unnoticeable. Many men enjoy tremendous energy and vitality throughout their 30s and early 40s. But by age 45, about 40% of men develop low T.

Healthy adult men usually have testosterone levels above 300 ng/dL. If your numbers are below that threshold, you may have low T. But keep in mind that low T isn’t always a cause for concern. Research has shown that some men experience no change in their sexual function.

If you notice other symptoms, such as erectile dysfunction (ED), it’s time for an evaluation. You may have low T or another health problem that requires further care.

What is ED?

Men with ED often have trouble getting or keeping an erection. Some may experience other symptoms of sexual dysfunction, like low libido. You might lose interest in sex, or your intimate life might become less satisfying. These symptoms can be frustrating and confusing.Many patients believe that these symptoms are an inevitable part of getting older. But that’s a myth: ED isn’t just “something that happens” to older men. ED is a medical problem, and solutions are available.

Sometimes, an unhealthy lifestyle can contribute to ED. Smoking, stress, and poor diet worsen the problem. During your consultation, my team gathers information about your lifestyle. We provide personalized guidance to help you maximize your treatment’s success.

I have ED. Does that mean I also have low T?

Patients often assume that their ED is a sign of a hormone imbalance or the natural aging process. The truth is, ED has many possible causes. ED may be a symptom of:

• Heart disease
• Diabetes
• Obesity
• Drug or alcohol abuse
• Neurological disorders
• Sleep disorders

Hormone imbalances can also be a sign of a deeper health problem. Some patients may develop an imbalance as they get older, but chronic illness or injury can also play a role. I have seen hormonal imbalances after:
• Chemotherapy
• Cancer surgery
• Infection
• Autoimmune disease

Disease, injury, or intensive medical care can disrupt your body’s natural balance. If you develop ED after a medical trauma, your symptoms can be especially distressing. You may feel as if your body is out of control. But rest assured that treatment can help. No matter what the cause, my team provides the support you need to regain your vitality.
What’s the link between low T and ED?

Each person’s body is unique. Some patients with low T experience normal erections. Others may have severe symptoms. Individual symptoms aren’t always a surefire sign of low T. Laboratory tests are the only way to understand the full picture.

ED can be painful and embarrassing. But if your symptoms result from low T, the problem is highly treatable. Hormone replacement therapy provides a natural solution. Bioidentical hormones work with your body to restore the hormonal balance that you need for optimal vitality.

How is low T diagnosed?

A simple blood test can assess your hormone levels. Unfortunately, doctors seldom perform these tests as part of a routine screening. As a result, low T often goes undiagnosed. Many patients aren’t aware of their low T until they develop progressive symptoms.

At RMI, we strive to help patients get a clear understanding of their hormone profile. My team provides an in-depth consultation, including laboratory testing. We check your hormone levels and explain the results in detail. If your results are abnormal, we discuss the next step necessary for optimal health. My team will discuss treatments to restore a healthy balance of hormones.

What treatments are available?

Bioidentical Hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can be an ideal solution for low T. Today, many forms of BHRT are available. Treatment has moved beyond topical gels, creams, or patches. Hormone pellets now provide a convenient, lasting solution that allows a most physiologic response in hormonal application.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

I’m proud to offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) through my practice with BodyLogic MD of Greenville. This treatment uses the same hormones that are naturally found in the human body. BHRT can provide your body with the necessary cell signals to optimize health and vitality.

During your evaluation, we review all necessary labs and your symptom survey score to identify what your body needs. Next, we discuss the recommended hormones needed as well as the preferred method of delivery. This often involves a specially formulated pellet which is inserted beneath your skin into the subcutaneous fat. This pellet is small, only slightly larger than a grain of rice. Your body receives a small, stable dose of hormones every day allowing for sustained release. Over time, the pellet dissolves, and your body absorbs it. My team reassesses your hormones, then adjusts the dosage for your next pellet. Each pellet lasts for about three to four months. There’s no need to take a daily pill, apply a messy cream or do self-injection therapy at home.

Full hormonal optimization can take up to six months. During this period, my team provides ongoing support and guidance. Most patients notice a swift improvement in their intimate lives. But if you’re still struggling with ED, we offer a full range of sexual wellness treatments.

Other Options

My practice RMI offers:
• The P Shot
• The Hydromax Pump
• Acoustic Pressure Wave Therapy
• Cell Matrix MD
• Peptide Therapy

These drug-free nonsurgical treatments can improve blood flow and stimulate sensitivity. You can receive treatments on a standalone basis or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
We know that seeking care for ED can be confusing and embarrassing. Rest assured that my team approaches every consultation with patience and respect. Our goal is to help each patient take charge of their health and regain their self-confidence.

Are you struggling with low T or sexual dysfunction? Help is available. Let my team provide the solutions you need. Contact us at the Regenerative Medical Institute today to schedule a consultation.