Official data states that andropause does not exist for men. However, between the ages of 50 and 70, various factors can contribute to a decline in sexual desire and erection due to a decrease in testosterone, the male health hormone.
Therefore, after age 50, it is crucial not to underestimate declining sexual desire and difficulties in achieving and maintaining an erection. Instead, they should be regarded as warning signs.
Why Does Sexual Desire Decline After Age 50?
Rather than using the term “andropause,” the current approach is to discuss partial androgenetic deficiencies that occur when testosterone levels decrease in men, primarily due to factors such as aging. Starting from around 40, testosterone drops by approximately 2 percent each year, and the decline is more pronounced in cases where individuals have metabolic diseases like diabetes.
The primary cause of reduced testosterone levels is metabolic syndrome, associated with being overweight, following a high-fat and high-sugar diet, and leading a sedentary lifestyle.
It’s not solely about diet—poor physical activity, stress (including temporary work stress), and depression can also directly impact testosterone levels in men.
Decreased circulating testosterone in men causes a decline in:
- Sex drive
- The ability to achieve and sustain an erection
- Muscle mass
- Muscle tone
These factors, along with abdominal weight gain, serve as indicators that testosterone levels are below the normal range.
How to Recover Sexual Desire and Libido
If you notice a decline in libido and sex drive, you must talk to your doctor or consult an andrologist to assess your testosterone levels. The test involves a standard venous blood sampling, which allows the andrologist to determine if there are reduced testosterone levels in the blood. Further investigations may be recommended, and the appropriateness of testosterone supplementation can be assessed if necessary.
When dealing with erectile dysfunction, it is vital to understand the underlying cause before considering any medication. Medications should always be prescribed by a doctor and should not be purchased from online sources.
Various tests can be conducted to evaluate erectile dysfunction, including:
- A dynamic penile doppler to measure blood flow
- Blood tests to assess the presence of metabolic syndrome, such as:
- Hormone levels
- Blood sugar
Erectile dysfunction can be an early warning sign of cardiovascular diseases, such as diabetes or hypertension, which should not be taken lightly.