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Published on January 29th, 2014 | by Healthy Gay Lifestyles

Understanding Male Hormone Changes for Better Relationships

What constitutes a happy relationship varies from couple to couple. The way our partners make us feel and help us grow affects how we view a relationship. Similarly, the ability to recognize changes and adapt is also important.

Hormones have a profound impact on our minds and bodies. A slew of factors can cause hormone changes with multiple effects. Testosterone is a hormone closely tied to our mind and body wellness.

Physical strength, sexual function and emotional well-being all stem from testosterone. Meanwhile; aging, injuries, medical treatment and nutrition all influence testosterone levels.

Below are a few causes of low T and some treatment options:

‘Manopause’

The most common cause of low T is aging. Men may start to lose testosterone in their 30’s, with hormone changes speeding up at age 40. ‘Manopause’ refers to the mind and body symptoms of this life change. Unexplained bouts of depression, changes to body composition and sexual disinterest can occur.

These changes strain healthy relationships in several ways. A lack of intimacy can create emotional distance between couples. A spouse may feel unattractive and blame themselves for the disconnect.

What can be done?

Testosterone boosters are affordable and convenient means to offset hormone losses. Be sure to understand the unique ingredients in testosterone boosters.

Maca root and gamma oryzanol are natural compounds that can enhance your mood along with sexual performance. In some cases, testosterone therapy from a medical professional may be needed.

What can you do? While aging is inevitable, you can control how symptoms are dealt with. Matching your spouse’s life stage with changes in their behavior can provide insight into coping. Couples that understand age related hormone changes occur will minimize damage to their relationships.

Injury:

Injuries to the testicles can inhibit testosterone production. Since not all genital injuries are obvious, men should be wary of low T symptoms and causes. If you do not meet other risk criteria but suffer from low T symptoms, a subtle injury to the testes may responsible.

What can you do? Be supportive. Encourage your partner to seek help from a medical professional.

Disease:

Some men have hormones removed from their bodies to stave off diseases, such as mumps. These diseases gain strength by feeding on hormones, such as testosterone.

It is important for men who underwent hormone depletion to rebuild testosterone levels.

What can be done?

Medical therapies and testosterone boosters are frequently used. Hormone replacement is often required. A medical professional will advise on the most suitable treatment.

What can you do? Many men are reluctant to discuss periods of physical or emotional weakness, such as a previous disease. Be open and understanding when discussing medical history.

Stress:

Low T can result from high stress levels. Under anxiety, the body produces cortisol, a stress hormone. Much like other hormones, cortisol is beneficial in certain amounts. When you’re under excess stress, cortisol can crowd out testosterone and other hormones. Sharp rises in belly fat often reflect spikes in cortisol.

What can you do? Set aside time to relax together. Yoga, meditation or a simple walk help to manage stress. Beyond hormones, the additional time spent together improves relationships.

Hormones and Your Relationship:

Hormones are vital to many aspects of your life. By knowing how and when testosterone is lost, you can take proactive steps to improve a relationship.

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John Larkspur, Content Writer Health Advocate, is a writer for various topics, including the effect of hormone changes on our daily lives.

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