Sexual life is a physical function par excellence, such as breathing or digestion, but it is also a source of psychological balance and moral satisfaction, and it represents one of the important elements in the quality of life. Although it has been agreed over the years that the importance and impact of sexuality are constantly changing, yet it remains an integral part of our human beings. It is the criterion for determining our old age, and the desire to preserve it is well understood. Hence, we wonder about the auxiliary role played by hormones in this area.
Sexual life presupposes the presence of several harmonious components to continue: a healthy psychological state, relationship with the partner, and physical health adapted to a specific lifestyle. Sexual life occupies a large place for both men and women, with 63% of women and 83% of men interested. As for the sex market, 90% of men engage in it! Hence the idea that sexual life differs due to the influence of biological hormones, in both men and women. However, what we do not know is that the same hormone can affect differently according to the sex of the individual in question.
The base of the pyramid: testosterone
Testosterone is considered the hormone of sexual desire par excellence, and it is important for the continuity of sexual life and improving its performance in both men and women! With age, the secretion of this hormone decreases, but its effect is not limited to the sexual level, on the contrary, the normal levels of testosterone affect the general health of the individual, and thus this hormone balances mood swings, helps self-confidence, and avoids sleep disorders, It also contributes to the coordination of movements and muscle strength, and renews the rigidity of the bones.
In men, in particular, testosterone is the center of sexual desire, and it acts as an engine of sexual activity. On the psychological level, it is the hormone of courage and control. On a physiological level, testosterone is necessary for the quality and maintenance of an erection. The secretion of this hormone gradually decreases with age, with a different rhythm from one man to another.
While testosterone fuels sexual desire in women, who are more sensitive than men to it. This hormone is considered at the basis of the behavior of seduction and female acceptance, just simple arousal that entails a strong desire in the woman. However, testosterone secretion decreases a lot before menopause, but returns and rises after this stage.
A woman should never take this hormone without a special test. Noting that self-treatment may be dangerous because an excess of this hormone has side effects that are harmful to health. Consultation with a specialist is essential.
The female hormone estradiol
From a female point of view, estradiol is a very powerful hormone that has a significant impact on sexual life. On the psychological level, and interacting with some of the basic neurotransmitters in sexual life, such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, creates a sense of comfort and strengthens self-esteem and female temptation. On the physiological level, the hormone estradiol provides strong muscle contraction and hydration of the genitals. As for the decrease in the level of this hormone, it causes the vagina to dry out, which causes sexual discomfort and aches, which are the characteristics of menopause. And the hormone estradiol in men plays an important role, as it nourishes their imagination. This hormone is indispensable for both sexes to reach orgasm. If testosterone is the fuse, then it is estradiol that ignites the fire.
The DHEA hormones tank
DHEA is the precursor to several steroids in both men and women. It is often the one who helps in generating testosterone secretions. As a result, changes in DHEA affect women’s sexual desire much more than men. DHEA is considered a reservoir of hormones, especially in women. It is an anabolic hormone that peaks in adolescence and declines rapidly after the age of forty. But we must be careful not to fall into the trap of popular magic drugs. According to analytical studies, it was found that the use of DHEA in women to improve their sexual performance is still questionable, in addition to the fact that it is useless to overburden ourselves with “Tabouleh” because DHEA is not of nutritional origin. The popular belief that diosgenin (which we find in wild yam and other plants, such as soybeans and parsley) is a precursor of DHEA, is unfounded.
Melatonin and its opposite results!
The sexual role of melatonin is more and more interesting to researchers. In fact, some recent studies have proven that this substance, through its properties that helps to relax and expand blood vessels, leads to improved sexual performance, and thus allows not only to relieve cramping, the well-known enemy of free sexual life but also to increase the feminine moisture of the vagina and the hardness of male erections. . But we must be aware of the addiction to melatonin pills because high levels of melatonin intake lead to opposite results: disabling and inhibiting.
Progesterone, the source of balance
This hormone is also present in both sexes, but its percentage decreases rapidly in men, who, as a result of hormonal imbalance, taking high doses of progesterone leads to curbing their sexual energy, and thus infertility. As for a woman, this hormone often appears essential to her reproductive life, as it affects the level of estradiol and thus allows the development of the menstrual cycle and the harmony of ovulation. This hormone, calming and sedative, leads to moderation that fights convulsions and tension. Unfortunately, progesterone levels drop rapidly before menopause and disappear completely by menopause.