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Are Low-T Centers Safe?

Men seek it out to combat low energy and decreased sex drive. Prescription testosterone has become so popular that so-called "low T" clinics are becoming common sights in cities and suburbs.

The number of testosterone prescriptions written in the U.S. more than tripled in the past decade. But researchers suspect that much of the testosterone dispensed at low-T clinics isn't tracked, since it's often bought with cash. This unfettered flow of testosterone — officially a controlled substance — has raised concerns among doctors who specialize in hormonal problems.

Hormone treatment itself isn't without risk: A recent study of more than 55,000 men found a doubling of heart-attack risk among older men who used testosterone. Younger men who had a history of heart disease had a higher incidence of nonfatal heart attacks. In addition, men who are on prolonged high-level testosterone replacement therapy can experience testicular shrinkage.

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When a Man's Sex Drive Is Too Low

Men. High sex drive. Panting sexual animals. We know what they want. And we know when they want it: right now.

Even doctors tend to see men as "sexual automatons," hardwired always to want sex, says pioneering sex researcher Irwin Goldstein, MD, director of sexual medicine at San Diego’s Alvarado Hospital and editor in chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine. "But that is not the case at all," Goldstein tells WebMD Magazine. "Many, many men -- about one in five --have such low sexual desire they’d rather do almost anything else than have sex."

One in five men doesn't want sex? How can that be true? And why haven't we heard about it? Actually, many women have -- the ones hearing the phrase "Not tonight, dear." Goldstein says most people think that is a rare occurrence. "But in fact, almost 30% of women say they have more interest in sex than their partner has."

The causes of low sex drive

So what's behind low sexual desire? Aging plays a role, though many older men have a robust interest in sex, Goldstein points out. Like most other human traits, the sex drive varies. Most men are in the normal range; some are extraordinarily driven toward addiction-like sexual behavior. At the other end of the scale are men with very low sexual interest. These are men who suffer from hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).

"There are always men on both sides of the normal curve," Goldstein says. "And a certain percentage -- perhaps up to a quarter -- will be considered to have HSDD for a whole host of reasons." These include:

Psychological issues. Stress and anxiety from the strain of daily life, relationship or family problems, depression, and mental disorders are among the many factors that can affect sexual desire.

Medical problems. Diseases such as diabetes; conditions such as obesity,high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; and HIV drugs, some hair-loss remedies, and other medications can negatively affect sexual desire.

Hormonal causes. "Testosterone is the hormone of desire, arguably for women as well as for men,” Goldstein says. Low testosterone levels usually mean low sexual desire. Levels dip as men age; other causes include chronic disease, medications, and other drug use. Other hormones can play a role, too, such as low levels of thyroid hormone or, rarely, high levels of prolactin, a hormone produced in a gland at the base of the brain.

The causes of low sex drive continued...

Low dopamine levels. Sexual desire obviously involves the brain -- and the brain's chemical messaging system is intimately linked to sexual desire. One of those messengers is dopamine. Doctors have noted thatParkinson's disease patients treated with dopamine-stimulating drugs had increased sexual desire. Goldstein says these drugs help some men with HSDD.

Each cause of low sexual desire has its own treatment. When the root cause is psychological, sex therapy can offer men specific techniques and strategies for regaining their enjoyment of sex. "It is notpsychotherapy; it is psychology counseling focused on sexual issues," Goldstein explains.

In cases where the problem is low testosterone, men can taketestosterone supplements if they have measurably low levels. About 25% of men go for weekly testosterone shots, Goldstein says, but most opt for skin patches or gel formulations applied directly to the skin of the chest, shoulders, or abdomen.

When Goldstein suspects low dopamine levels are at the heart of a man's low sexual desire, he might prescribe dopamine-increasing drugs, though this treatment is not currently approved by the FDA and has risks.

However, a new drug now in clinical trials -- for women -- does increase dopamine levels while decreasing a specific kind of serotonin in thebrain. Early clinical studies suggest the drug could help women with low sexual desire. Goldstein thinks this new treatment has promise. And if it's approved for women, he says, it will likely be tested in men.

In the end, the choice for men who've lost their desire for sex is not between being a panting sexual animal and being a eunuch. Instead, the real choice is whether these men are ready to regain a vital source of intimacy with their partners -- and a key part of a healthy life for themselves.

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5 Signs Your Hormones Are Out Of Whack! #DFWhormones

 

Raise your hand if, in the last few weeks, you've felt tired, bloated or cranky. Sound familiar? Then you know the drill: Every month, your hormones -- the body's itty-bitty secret weapon -- come out to play, wreaking havoc on your mood, skin and mind. While levels generally stabilize after your period, various factors, like stress (yup, keep those hands raised) and anxiety can throw them off balance. So how can you tell if your symptoms require an office visit? Alyssa Dweck, M.D., an OB-GYN at the Mount Kisco Medical Group in New York, shares the five red flags that might merit a doctor's note.

Fatigue
Exhaustion is one of the most, well, exhausting symptoms to a doc, since it has so many possible causes. "If you're tired after a week of final exams or late nights at work, then you're probably fine," says Dweck. "But if you constantly feel worn out and notice weight gain, appetite fluctuations and a change in bowel movements, it could be a sign of an underactive thyroid." Yes, fatigue happens to everyone, but if yours doesn't feel logical, then it's worth getting it checked out.

Skin Changes
You're breaking out -- again. While those sudden zits could be caused by one too many nights of going to bed without washing your face, they may be indicative of something more. "Adult acne or cystic acne around the lower half of your face could suggest a high level of testosterone," says Dweck. Although not a life-threatening problem, breakouts can take a toll on your psyche. Luckily, your doc can prescribe you medication to stabilize your hormone levels and clear up skin.

Hair Growth
We're talking really fast hair growth. "If you all of a sudden grow a beard within a month or notice coarse, dark hair popping up on your chest, back or arms, that could be indicative of a testosterone-secreting tumor," explains Dweck. But don't freak out: Tumors are rare, she notes, and can often be treated with drugs or surgery.

Weird Periods
Just like fatigue, a messed-up menstrual cycle can be the result of many factors, like stress, thyroid issues, low estrogen or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). "The hallmark of PCOS is irregular or absent periods, but it could also present with difficulty losing weight or strange hair growth," says Dweck. Generally, PCOS is managed through diet, exercise and birth control pills, but your doctor will work with you to develop a multi-faceted plan if she finds this to be the cause of your period problems.

Night Sweats
Unless it's unusually warm in your bedroom, waking up feeling overheated and sweaty could be the result of lower estrogen levels and infrequent ovulation -- a.k.a. perimenopause. "Perimenopause can occur up to 10 years before you're even near the age of menopause," says Dweck, "so unless you're having major menstrual issues before age 40, there's a good chance your phantom sweating could actually be early menopause." Either way, Dweck recommends making an appointment with your doc to make sure it's nothing more serious.

Article Credit: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/28/crazy-hormones-symptoms_n_5876110.html?&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067

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How To Make Sex Coffee (Yes, It's A Real Thing!)

 

You already have a morning cup of coffee. Why not make it count?

Wake up your vroom-vroom with this suprisingly simple recipe: a cup of java, maca, cacao, and cinnamon. That's it! These raw foods have been used since ancient times to support your sexdrive and if you're not mixing these bad boys into your daily diet, you're missing out on some seriously sexy benefits.

Here's what each ingredient may do for you:

  • MACA: an Aztec root, usually ground into a powder.  An adaptogen, it supports your body in creating the enzymes it needs to balance hormones and enhance fertility. It's often touted as an aphrodisiac, which can increase libido.
  • CACAO: Raw cacao is a stimulant. It gets your blood pumping and triggers your body to release seratonin, which enhances mood. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published astudy that found women who ate chocolate daily scored slightly higher on the Female Sexual Index, aka the chart that measures female sexual function.
  • CINNAMON: Cinnamon promotes vital energy, keeping your body from that desire-sucking lag that can come after a busy day. 
  • HONEY: Honey may increase stamina, and has been shown to increase virility and fertility
  • COCONUT MILK: Many cultures have used coconut milk to naturally balance hormones and to increase sex drive. Full of healthy fats, coconut milk will give you energy for sex, without a nasty aftercrash. 

This coffee takes all five of these superfoods, and whips them into a gorgeous latte. To make it, you'll need a hand blender, and about five minutes from start to finish. Try making this coffee once a week, especially when you have time to sip slowly and really enjoy your day. You'll get your regular dose of caffeine, plus added boost from the world's most ancient sex-related superfoods. 

HOW TO MAKE SEX COFFEE

Try to make this coffee once or twice a week, when you want the added benefits of superfoods said to support sex drive. It tastes like a delicious, Aztec-spiced drink. If you've ever enjoyed Mexican Hot Chocolate, the flavor is very similar: dark chocolate, cinnamon, and just a touch of sweetness.

Makes 1. 

  • 2/3 cup hot coffee
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon maca

Pour coffee into a medium bowl. Add cacao, coconut milk, honey, and cinnamon. Whip with hand blender until frothy. Add the maca, whip once more, and serve immediately. Enjoy - and happy sexing! 
 

DISCLAIMER: This recipe makes no health-related promises. It simply offers a delicious way to enjoy superfoods said to support a number of health benefits. Consult with your doctor before adding any new or unfamiliar ingredients to your diet, especially if you're on medication. 

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