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Too Much or Too Little Testosterone is Bad for Relationships

April 22nd, 2014

Balanced hormones help promote stability and satisfaction in relationships

Testosterone is well known as the male hormone responsible for all the hallmarks of traditional manliness, like strength, muscle tone, energy, and sex drive. However, in order to feel your best, you don’t just need some testosterone—you need a healthy level of testosterone. Research has shown that too much or too little testosterone can have a negative impact on your quality of life, in particular your relationships.

High Testosterone May Reduce Relationship Satisfaction

A recent study in the journal Hormones and Behavior investigated the impact of testosterone levels on long-term relationships. Knowing that testosterone is believed to aid in attracting sexual partners, an activity which is not necessarily conducive to a successful monogamous relationship, researchers predicted that high testosterone would correspond with lower relationship satisfaction.

To test their theory, they recruited 39 heterosexual couples aged 18 to 32 from a larger study on neuroendocrine responses to intimacy. The men and women had their testosterone levels tested and answered questions about their level of satisfaction and commitment in their relationship. The researchers found that both men and women with lower testosterone levels reported greater relationship satisfaction and commitment.

A previous study from the same journal found that men in committed relationships had 21 percent lower testosterone than single or uncommitted men. It is not known at this point whether the lower testosterone levels are present before relationships begin or develop as a result of good relationship dynamics.

Low Testosterone Can Affect Physical and Emotional Aspects of Relationships

While high testosterone levels may interfere with relationship commitment, low testosterone can wreak havoc on relationship satisfaction by causing emotional and physical changes in men. Men suffering from Low T often feel like strangers to themselves, and to their partners.

Low testosterone, or andropause, has been linked to the following symptoms:

  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Low sex drive

Needless to say, these symptoms can place significant stress on a romantic relationship. Sexual desire and performance issues can affect intimacy, while changes in physical appearance can result in partners feeling less attracted to their mates. Emotional changes can also pose serious problems, making it difficult to communicate and spend quality time together.

Fortunately, Low T is a totally treatable condition. With help from Renew Man™, men can restore a healthy balance to all of their vital hormones to improve the way they look and feel. When combined with diet and exercise, our hormone therapy truly can renew your self and your relationships.

 

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