How Testosterone Affects Sex Drive

Posted On: June 1, 2024

How Testosterone Affects Sex DriveTestosterone is a hormone that is mainly associated with our sex drive. It is found in the bodies of both humans and animals. It is produced by the adrenal cortex, which is present in the testes in people with penises and ovaries in ovary owners. Whilst testosterone is considered to be primary sex hormone for penis owners, it plays a role in sexuality for vulva owners too.

Testosterone in penis-owners

As we mentioned earlier, most people associate testosterone with sex drive. This hormone is indeed present in the penis owners in larger quantities.  It plays a significant role in the male body like regulating fertility, red blood cell production, muscle mass, and fat distribution. You may consult your general practitioner to know more about this hormone.

Testosterone in vulva-owners

Testosterone is produced in the ovaries owners along with hormone estrogen. The body’s fat tissues also produce this hormone. Although it is generated in a small amount, it is required for a healthy reproductive system and also sex life. Both testosterone and estrogen are responsible for growth, maintenance, and development of reproductive tissues.

The right balance of testosterone ensures a healthy sex life. Any imbalance in its production leads to a lot of problems in both men and women which include low libido, lesser muscle mass, and bone density.

Testosterone and sex drive  

Testosterone affects sex drive for all people. In owners of penises, it influences the production of sperm in the testes. Low or high level of testosterone will result in low sperm count. Thus, their fertility is directly related to testosterone.

During infancy, all of us have the same levels of testosterone. As we approach puberty, penis owners start having larger levels of it in their body which affects their muscle mass and increased size of bones.

With age, the production of testosterone decreases which in turn, decreases libido. Owners of penises who complain of erectile dysfunction or less interest in sex should consult a medical practitioner to determine the actual problem. Low level of testosterone can be treated with hormone replacement therapy.

Those with a higher level of testosterone have a higher libido. High level of testosterone in vulva owners leads to the appearance of facial hair and weight gain.

During menopause, testosterone level dips which cause vaginal dryness, itching, and low interest in sex. Thus, to have a healthy sex life, both men and women should maintain the proper balance of this hormone in their bodies.

If you start losing interest in sex or find it difficult to maintain your erection or if women find sex painful, it is advisable to consult a medical practitioner. Your GP may refer you to a urologist. Know more about testosterone and maintain its right balance to lead a healthy life.

Recommended Urologists in Singapore

  1. Dr Lim Huat Chye Peter – Starmed Specialist Centre. 12 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217565
  2. Dr Joe Lee – Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, 38 Irrawaddy Road #08-41, Singapore 329563
  3. Dr Lincoln Tan – Tan Urology, 6 Napier Road #05-03, Gleneagles Medical Centre, 258499, Singapore
  4. Dr. Colin Teo – Colin Teo Urology, Gleneagles Hospital Annexe Block 6A Napier Road, #05-36D, Singapore 258500
  5. Dr Simon Chong – Urology and Andrology Centre, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, #16-11, 3 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228510

About Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Surrounded by friends who were sexually inhibited and struck by dire lack of positive conversations around sex and sexuality in Singapore, Dr. Martha Tara Lee set out to make a positive difference in embarking on her doctorate in human sexuality before launching Eros Coaching in 2009. Today, she remains dedicated to working with individuals and couples who wish to lead self-actualised and pleasure-filled lives.

She also holds certificates in counselling, coaching and sex therapy, and her fourth degree – a Masters in Counselling in May 2018. In practice for more than 10 years, she is the only certified sexuality educator and certified sexuality educator supervisor by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in Singapore.

Often cited in the local media, Dr. Lee is the appointed sex expert for Men’s Health Singapore, and Men’s Health Malaysia. She was recognised as one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women Under 40′ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She has published four books: Love, Sex and Everything In-BetweenOrgasmic YogaFrom Princess to Queen and {Un}Inhibited.

Martha works with individuals and couples in private coaching sessions, and conducts her own workshops. She takes prides in making sure all her workshops are also fun, educational, and sex-positive. This comes easily to her because even though she is extremely dedicated and serious about her work, she fundamentally believes that sex is meant to be fun, wonderful, amazing and sacred. As such, this serious light-heartedness has shone through again and again. For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

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