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The Connection Between Estrogen and Erectile Dysfunction: What You Need to Know For a Healthy Sex Life

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a condition that affects hundreds of millions of men worldwide. It’s said that half of men experience erectile dysfunction in one way or another, whether it’s just a bit of trouble getting it up when you need to, or a complete inability to perform in bed, it affects many, many people, and it’s nothing to be ashamed about.

Estrogen and Erectile Dysfunction

Usually the solution is to pop a few pills or try nofap for a while or take some vitamin D when it’s your time to perform in bed, but that doesn’t work too well with some, and many would like a more long-term solution that doesn’t involve the use of outside help. In order to do that, we need to better understand our own biology and what can lead to ED.

One connection that you may or may not have heard of is estrogen. While the problem of erectile dysfunction has been a bit of a head-scratcher for many years, we’ve found a few links to help us to better understand the condition. We now know that erectile dysfunction is associated with age, as well as several health conditions, like obesity and diabetes. Nowadays, people are now pointing to estrogen as the source of what’s really causing this problem within men.

What exactly is estrogen, though? How does it affect your body, and what causes these low levels? Well, I’ll give you the rundown and let you know everything you need to know about estrogen and its connection to that problem that haunts many men’s dreams.


Estrogen and Its Link to Erectile Dysfunction

Estrogen and Its Link to Erectile Dysfunction

Estrogen is considered the female sex hormone, and it’s what gives women their more defining features. It maintains bone density, regulates the balance of lean muscle mass and fat, supports brain function, and regulates cholesterol levels. Men still have this hormone in their body, and it’s usually converted into testosterone through natural processes.

Because of that, men tend to have estrogen in small amounts. At least, you’re supposed to only have estrogen in small amounts. It turns out that some health conditions or lifestyle choices can lead to a decrease in testosterone within the body, ergo meaning an increase of estrogen within the body. This is what we believe is causing erectile dysfunction in a majority of men. If you are facing that problem, take a look at our guide on quickly increasing testosterone levels.

This isn’t some newly discovered factoid, as it turns out. So tied to femininity is estrogen that trans women actually take estrogen to get the body they desire, which leads to the inability to sport an erection. This tends not to be a problem for them, but when it comes to people who aren’t transitioning, most would rather have full usage over their tools.

Other symptoms of high estrogen in men can include a low sex drive in general, fatigue, weight gain, the enlargement of breast tissue, decreased muscle mass, mood swings, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, sleep disorders, hot flashes, depression/anxiety, and sometimes, straight up infertility.


What Causes High Estrogen Levels?

Fat cells clogging together in the human body
Fat cells clogging together in the human body

Now that we know what the problem is, we should first understand the source of the problem. Unfortunately, it can be a whole litany of factors.

For one, it can just come with aging. As you get older, testosterone naturally decreases, and estrogen levels increase. There’s not much you can do in that regard.

Genetics are another one. Sometimes you just get a poor roll of the dice and you’re hit with high estrogen production.

High estrogen can also come from too much fat in your body, as fat cells can boost the production of estrogen. You may remember I said that high estrogen can also cause obesity as well. It’s definitely a cycle that worsens itself.

The last factor that can cause high estrogen is stress. Stress produces cortisol, which suppresses testosterone production, which leads to high estrogen.


How to Keep Estrogen Levels Down

Keep Estrogen Levels Down with regular exercise

If you’re worried about your estrogen levels being too high, there are ways to keep them down.  Probably the biggest one is through regular exercise. Next would be keeping your stress down, but that’s not exactly easy depending on your situation. Even still, lifestyle changes may not be enough to keep estrogen levels down, so if you want to check your hormone balance and see options for you, I suggest seeing a professional.