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Of all the age-related conditions that can affect both men and women, sexual dysfunction is typically the most uncomfortable for patients to discuss. The fact is, however, that hormone replacement therapy at our Baton Rouge and Metairie locations can help boost libido and, in some cases, treat men with erectile dysfunction. Men come to us from throughout the New Orleans area and as far as Shreveport, LA, and Jackson and Hattiesburg, MS, to get help.
Sexual dysfunction treatment can help both physically and emotionally. A reduced sex drive, difficulty becoming aroused, and painful intercourse are all issues that can put a strain on a couple’s relationship. At Rejuvime Medical, our specialists customize medically monitored hormone replacement therapy for each patient’s needs.
Even though decreased testosterone production isn’t the most common cause of erectile dysfunction, when it is diagnosed as the cause, testosterone replacement therapy can improve the condition. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to attain and maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse or activity. ED isn’t always an inability to achieve an erection. For some men, it can be an inconsistency to do so, or it can be the inability to sustain it for extended periods of time.
As a man ages, the amount of testosterone in his body naturally declines gradually, starting at about age 30. There are many reasons for the decline. When men reach andropause, lower testosterone levels can lead to changes affecting the quality of their lives, including the ability to reach or maintain an erection. Men concerned about ED who are considering testosterone replacement therapy travel from Lafayette, LA, and throughout the state to Rejuvime Medical, where we’ve helped many men treat erectile dysfunction.
Thanks to TV commercials, most people have heard about erectile dysfunction for men. Fewer people know that women can also experience sexual dysfunction, especially after menopause. A reduced sex drive (low libido) and difficulty reaching orgasm are the most common signs of hormone-related sexual dysfunction among women. These changes don’t necessarily bother all women, but for many it detracts from their quality of life. Other types of sexual dysfunction that affect women are painful intercourse and vaginal dryness.
There are several reasons—including many that can be interrelated—that a woman may experience sexual dysfunction. Among these are hormonal changes related to menopause. Declining estrogen levels after menopause can result in genital tissue changes and reduced sexual responsiveness. Less estrogen leads to decreased blood flow to the pelvic region, resulting in less genital sensation and needing more time to build arousal and reach orgasm.
Unfortunately, the lack of desire can lead to other symptoms of sexual dysfunction. The vaginal lining of a woman who isn’t sexually active becomes thinner and less elastic, which in turn can lead to painful intercourse and reduce any desire to have sex. This can also lead to anxiety or depression, which are also conditions that can cause sexual dysfunction.
Hormonal changes that occur after having a baby and during breastfeeding can also lead to vaginal dryness and affect a woman’s sexual desire.
If the symptoms associated with sexual dysfunction bother you, hormone replacement therapy is one available treatment. Estrogen and testosterone both play important roles in healthy sexual function for women. Estrogen improves sexual function by increasing the tone and elasticity of the vagina, which increases vaginal blood flow and enhances lubrication.