Testosterone and linkage to sex.

Have you ever wondered what makes you horny ?  or better yet what makes you lust ?

I was talking to a friend and I was convinced by early studies that the lust of a person (male or female) has a direct connection with the level of testosterone (the T) they have. Actually the issue is that I was not wrongly informed as there is a drug for women Lybrido (a mix of testosterone and sildenafil active ingredient in Viagra) and Lybridos (a mix between testosterone and the antidepressant buspirone) were based on the idea that Testosterone is the main factor to arousal.

A paper recently published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior written by Dr. Sari van Anders, an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan in Psychology and Women’s Studies, examined the link between testosterone and sexual desire in a sample of 105 healthy men and 91 healthy women.
The results ?
– negatively correlated with sexual desire for partner in women;
– testosterone was positively correlated with solitary sexual desire (masturbation);
– testosterone wasn’t significantly related to sexual desire in healthy men;
What does ignite our sexual arousal in women?
testosterone [T], cortisol [C], estradiol [E]
They tested 40 healthy premenopausal women and took samples of their saliva and before and following viewing of erotic stimuli as genital arousal was recorded via a vaginal photo plethysmograph.(Plethysmographs measure changes in volume.

The only method to measure absolute changes in blood volume accurately in the extremities).
Results indicated that all three hormones were associated with self-reported genital arousal (via the Detailed Assessment of Sexual Arousal scales) and sexual desire in different domains, and both T and E were associated with self-reported orgasms.
In men testosterone was know to affect sex drive and in “Libido It’s normal for a man’s sex drive to slowly decline from its peak in his teens and 20s, but libido varies widely between men. What one man might consider a low sex drive, another might not. Also, sex drive changes within each man over time and is affected by stress, sleep, and opportunities for sex. For these reasons, defining a “normal” sex drive is next to impossible. Usually, the man himself identifies a lack of sex drive as a problem. Other times, his partner may consider it to be an issue.”  and researches proved that “low testosterone alone — with no other health problems — accounts for a small minority of men with erectile dysfunction.
About SEXUAL DRIVE and LUST the most relevant information about it was regarding the frequency of self pleasuring. An increase of  T does however increase the solitary sexual desire. Not explained but proven.
If you really want to know more about masturbation, I’ve been explicit enough about the pro’s and con’s in THIS ARTICLE.
But knowing the difference will not explain the need to do it, it is actually a state of mind, a need, a craving. People masturbate in order to fulfill a fantasy which should be brought to life with their life partners or sexual partners.
For a healthy a fulfilling sexual relationship a continuous talk about fantasies and needs should be shared, and for the focus and strong sexual mentality, a person needs to express and explore their sexuality. Some info you may find HERE.

Posted on January 9, 2015, in Sex ED and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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