If you are now aware what estrogen is, it is the main female sex hormone because women produce more estrogen than men, while testosterone is the main male sex hormone because men produce more of this hormone than women.
Men and women produce both estrogen and testosterone hormones, what differs are the ratio of the hormones in the body.
Most of the time, we associate male sexual drive with only testosterone levels, however going by the results of a research study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and conducted by The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), men need estrogen to be able to sustain sexual drive as we get older.
The researchers caused artificial estrogen deficiency in the men that participated in the study; it was done in a controlled setting. In other words, the research study recreated the type of hormone deficiency that is typically present in aging men.
The Results Of The Study On Estrogen Levels And Male Sex Drive
The prescriptions for treating low testosterone from 1993 – 2000 has increased by more than 6 folds in the U.S alone…
As us men grow older, low testosterone becomes a problem. Doctors are aware of this problem that is why there have been studies to determine the level of testosterone that men need in order to maintain the body functions that get affected by low testosterone.
The researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital Endocrine unit were interested in know the link that estrogen had with testosterone when it comes to sexual drive which reduces as most men get older. And the researchers came across an intriguing discovery:
“The study found out the exact testosterone levels at which some body functions slowly start to weaken. This is likely to help in providing a base line for finding out the type of men that really need to be using testosterone therapy” – this is a summary of what the research study author (Joel Finkelstein MD) said.
But, the biggest disclosure of the study was that some of the symptoms that were commonly blamed on low testosterone in men are partially or completely caused by a drop in estrogen levels and that is an inseparable cause of lower levels of testosterone.
The research study also made the following discoveries:
- As a man testosterone level reduces so does his sexual desire
- It is only when a man’s testosterone level becomes very low that erectile dysfunction becomes a problem
- All levels of sexual function of the study participants reduced when their estrogen levels were suppressed, it didn’t matter what level of testosterone that they had.
The results of this study means that when doctors want to treat men with low testosterone, it helps them know just how much they need to prescribe to maintain some body functions.
And it also points to the fact that the present testosterone therapy needs to also include checking and increasing estrogen levels if it is to be effective to some men.