Dr. Karron Power says Low libido and decreased sexual function are hallmark symptoms of low testosterone levels in men.
San Francisco, CA – “It’s been six years since the release of Viagra’s infamous “little blue pill” and to date men have spent more than 5 billion dollars on Viagra, and the other ED drugs, Cialis and Levitra,” says Dr. Karron Power, medical director of the Youth Renewal Center in San Rafael. “These medications are specifically intended to treat “erectile dysfunction;” that is, the inability to achieve or maintain an erection,” she says. “But more and more men are using the drugs to combat a more general decline in the strength and frequency of their erections. Many men use the pills to recapture the ‘instant erection’ sexual enthusiasm of their younger years. Some men are embarrassed by their decreased libido, and are comforted by the unsolicited physical stirrings the pills can produce.”
“Unfortunately, these men may be missing the point entirely,” says Dr. Power. “Erectile medications like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra can increase blood flow to the penis, but they don’t treat the true cause of low libido. Men who reach for these drugs are simply masking the disease, which can worsen over time, leading to a continued decline in sexual function and overall health.”
Dr. Power says a man’s sexual function is directly related to the health of his sexual organs, and those organs need testosterone to stay healthy. “Testosterone levels are high in a man’s teens and twenties, but begin to decline during a man’s thirties. When testosterone is replaced, libido and sexual performance return to prior levels. And the benefits don’t stop with a better sex life,” says Dr. Power. “Testosterone replacement can improve a man’s physique, mood, energy, sleep, and overall health. Reaching for the “little blue pill” may prompt a bit of blood flow, but it may also delay treatment of the real cause of a lagging libido: low testosterone.”
“It’s time to stop masking the problem and address the underlying causes of low sex drive in men,” says Dr. Power, who practices in San Francisco and Marin County.
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