When I see the words “testosterone” and “libido” put together in the same sentence, the image that comes to mind is a jacked-up male porn star who’s spanking the bubbled-up rear of another female porn star. I’m pretty sure it’s not just me who thinks about deviant things when I hear these two words and I think it shouldn’t be any surprise, too.
After all, there’s a strong perceived link between sex, libido, and testosterone. We all know what sex is. It’s a wonderful thing. We all also know that testosterone is the hormone that triggers the vigor that makes us men. However, what exactly is libido?
WHAT IS LIBIDO?
Short answer, it’s basically our sexual desire or just plainly being horny. That said, if you ever feel the urge to penetrate someone (or something?) with your penis, that’s your libido spiking up and telling you that, “hey, it’s time for some sexy action!”
The long answer is much more complicated so pay attention.
According to Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, there are hypothetical “concepts” or areas in our brains that he called ID, Ego, and Superego. ID in particular, operated unconsciously according to pleasure or basic instincts. These instincts are then divided into either Eros or Thanatos.
Of particular importance to our topic is Eros. This is also known as “life instinct” and it’s in charge of life-sustaining activities such as breathing, eating, and sex. What we now know as libido is the energy that’s created by those life instincts.
Another practitioner of psychoanalysis that has a theory on libido is Carl Jung. He and Sigmund Freud once influenced each other’s practice but in 1948, Carl Jung disagreed with Freud regarding the role of libido. According to Jung, libido was a generalized psychic energy rather than Freud’s definition of libido being a “sexual” energy.
Regardless of what these two say about libido though, most of us just think of libido as something that has to do with sex and vigor.
There have been strong and well documented correlations between libido and testosterone. Theoretically, an increase in testosterone could also lead to a rise in libido. However, there are more aspects to libido than just testosterone. As Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung have demonstrated, libido could also be tied to psychological and physiological aspects. Regardless, testosterone still plays a very important role. As such, one of the very first areas to look at when someone complains of low libido is testosterone.
TESTOSTERONE’S CONNECTION WITH LIBIDO
I don’t know how intense your sexual ecscapades are but to my experience, sex has mostly taken my breath away. Like, I’ll be literally catching my breath after a few rounds kind of intense. This is because sex is also an exercise. And as we all know, exercise requires energy.
One of the most noticeable symptoms of low testosterone is also a dip in stamina. Similarly, with low libido, you’ll often catch yourself saying, “Not now, honey. I’m too tired.” Or something of that sort. If you have a hard time believing me, here’s some science for you. According to this study, “fatigue has been described as the most common self-reported cause of loss of desire, with communication as the most common method for addressing this”. Thus, pay attention to what you’re saying and to your energy levels because it might just point to low libido.
Additionally, another research studied the effects of testosterone administration to sex drive and energy in men who’re already suffering from low test. At the end of the study, the researchers concluded that testosterone supplementation was efficient in restoring testosterone and libido to normal levels. Improvements were also seen in energy levels.
As we age, our testosterone levels decline. Similarly, libido also declines with age. Therefore, it’s not really far-fetched to say that a rise in testosterone would lead to increased levels of libido.
According to this study, the participants reporting low libido showed an increased probability of exhibiting low testosterone. Additionally, this research studied the effects of testosterone replacement therapy. At the end of the study, the results showed improvements in libido, body composition, and other qualities that had an impact on quality of life.
When your partner is posing a seductive pose in her lingerie, you damn know she wants the “D”. However, sometimes, in a man’s life, his penis just won’t stand up to the challenge (pun intended). When limp dick happens, it might be pointing towards low levels of libido or testosterone.
This study states endocrinopathy is one of the most rare conditions leading to Erectile Dysfunction (ED). However, the same study also states that with endocrine disorders, the most common cause leading to Erectile Dysfunction is low testosterone (hypogonadism). The study also showed that treatment using exogenous androgens showed improvements in ED.
The mechanism as to how testosterone promotes erections is a bit unclear. However, there are other compounds other than test that can also improve sturdiness. Some treatments increase Nitric Oxide production to increase blood flow while some others lower levels of estrogen.
I think testosterone might work by combining those effects. Subsequently, I also think that if you plan on increasing testosterone to improve libido and erections, it’s best to do it the natural way instead of using external androgen sources (such as steroids and prohormones) as these are tied to multiple side effects. Also, with natural testosterone boosters, there are a wide selection of formulas that not only have ingredients to enhance testosterone, some also have the elements to specifically boost libido.
To help you to choose the best supplement for you, below will be a few commonly used ingredients in testosterone boosters that can also enhance sexual desire.
Testosterone + Libido
- Tongkat Ali – This herb has been traditionally used to boost libido. Moreover, modern research has shown that it can increase testosterone levels by up to 37% while also decreasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol by 16%. It can also increase levels of “free” testosterone by decreasing the binding activities of the notorious testosterone killer SHBG.
- Fenugreek – Taken by ancient Chinese and Indians as a health tonic that can promote libido and athletic performance. It can also boost “free” testosterone by regulating the hormones estrogen and DHT.
- Mucuna Pruriens – It’s effective for treating low sex drive and infertility. As a testosterone booster, it holds promise because of it’s active compound L-DOPA. It can increase testosterone and LH production while also lowering levels of the female hormone prolactin.
Though these ingredients might not necessarily have any real benefits for testosterone, they are still some of the most potent sex enhancers used by testosterone boosters.
- Tribulus Terrestris – Despite its popularity among testosterone boosters, I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a major testosterone booster. What it does though, is heighten the sensitivity of androgen receptors and increase libido which then makes you “feel” the effects of increased testosterone. For more information on this sexy time herb, click here.
- Horny Goat Weed – As the name already makes it clear, this is an herb that gets whoever takes it horny. It’s a great herb for boosting libido but instead of boosting testosterone, it basically mimics the effects.
- Maca – This Peruvian Ginseng has been valued for its effects on stamina and sex but it’s role as a testosterone booster remains to be a question.
- L-Arginine – While it doesn’t necessarily boost libido per se, it still is great for sex. L-arginine is an amino acid that boosts nitric oxide production for vasodilation. This then enhances blood flow which can pump up either your muscles for gym use, or your penis for solid erections.
As I’ve already said, boosting testosterone can also be a major help in boosting libido. The ingredients below are just some of the best testosterone boosting ingredients you can find.
- D-Aspartic Acid – This currently stands as the best testosterone booster. Research says it can boost testosterone levels by 42% in just 12 days.
- Zinc – This might also be the best mineral for boosting testosterone. Without Zinc, there probably wouldn’t be any testosterone because it’s a raw material required for test synthesis. It also signals for testosterone release and maintains levels of testosterone after exercise. In addition to that, it also lowers levels of prolactin.
To end this article, I’d like to reiterate that while testosterone plays a major role in libido, it’s not the only factor.
As Freud and Jung have established, libido is composed of a bigger psychosocial picture. Given the large number of libido boosting scams and placebos, I suggest that you first reflect on things in your life that may contribute to your decreased sexual drive such as lifestyle, diet, and exercise (or lack thereof). Once you’ve spent a good time to analyze the factors that surround you, you’ll get a better idea as to what libido booster suits you best.
… And remember to practice safe sex *wink.