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Why a Libido Boost Alone May Not Be Enough

Medically reviewed by Leann Poston, M.D. on 9/27/20

Many men face a decrease in their libido as they age.  This may be accompanied by erectile dysfunction and other sexual health-related issues or may exist seemingly on its own.  It’s not uncommon for men after their 30s to start losing their sex drive and start developing other sex-related problems.  This is typically the result of hormonal changes in the body, which affect a number of different systems and processes. Therefore, they seek out a libido boost.

However, taking a medication or supplement designed solely to boost your libido may not be enough.  If you are suffering from a lack of energy, stamina, flexibility, poor muscle tone and fitness, erectile dysfunction, or other problems, simply boosting your sex drive isn’t going to allow you to reclaim the active, vigorous sex life you once enjoyed.  For that, you need a more comprehensive treatment, one which addresses those underlying issues and their causes.

In this guide, we’ll look at some of the changes that take place in men as they age, leading to decreased libido and related problems.  Then, we’ll focus on why libido boosts or even erectile dysfunction treatments, on their own, may not be enough.  Finally, we’ll focus on a treatment that is growing in popularity – CJC-1295 – and explain a bit about how it works, and why so many men are finding it ideal for reclaiming the vigor, fitness, and desire they had in their younger years.

Hormone Losses from Aging

First, it’s important to note that hormone losses are a real phenomenon associated with aging.  Two key hormones in the male body tend to decrease consistently with age, starting around your 30s.  Testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, decreases around 1% per year or 10% per decade (Feldman et al, 2002).  Human growth hormone, secreted by the pituitary gland, decreases around 1-2% per year or 15% per decade on average (Iranmanesh et al., 1991; Giustina & Veldhuis, 1998).  These two hormones, combined, can account for a good deal of libido loss in older adult men. 

Decreasing levels of testosterone and growth hormone also contribute to a host of other changes that are common among older men, including:

  • Decreased energy levels
  • Increased body fat
  • Difficulty maintaining or creating new lean muscle mass
  • Reduced immune function
  • Decreased healing and injury recovery
  • Changes in blood circulation and cellular replication
  • Changes in sleeping patterns (Devesa et al., 2016).

Taken together, these changes can all contribute to a loss of interest in sex, loss of arousal, erectile difficulties or outright erectile dysfunction, performance or stamina issues, and more. 

Other Bodily Changes Leading to the Need for a Libido Boost

Hormone losses are not, of course, the only bodily changes that take place as we age.  In general, our body becomes less fit, flexible, and responsive.  Our range of motion may decrease, bones and muscles may become more sore, and so on.  Internally, we’re more pre-disposed to developing cardiovascular problems, diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers, among other diseases and ailments.  The wear and tear of life adds up over time, and tends to make itself more well-known in older adults. 

While few of these changes directly impact libido, they can certainly add to issues surrounding desire and sexual function.  Cardiovascular or circulatory problems, for example, are often a prime cause of erectile dysfunction.  Likewise, many medications and treatments for various health conditions – both physical and psychological – can have a negative impact on desire or sexual function, as known side effects.  Since you are more likely to be on one or more long-term medications as you get older than when you were younger, this, too, contributes to a decrease in libido.

Erectile Dysfunction

Millions of men also suffer from some degree of erectile dysfunction as they age, with incidence rates going up fairly consistently as age increases.  There is a range of different ways erectile dysfunction may manifest, including difficulty becoming aroused, staying aroused, changes in erectile quality, losing an erection during sexual activity, and similar problems.  The causes for erectile dysfunction can be many and varied, but a lot of them do tie back, in some way, to the bodily and chemical changes, medical changes, and so on associated with getting older. 

Just as some health problems may make sex more difficult or less pleasant (e.g., arthritis, body aches and pains, and so on), erectile dysfunction can manifest as reduced libido or a hesitancy to have sex.  Some men may not want to address their erectile dysfunction issues, and therefore avoid having sex.  It can have a profound negative psychological impact on men’s self-confidence and self-image, and take a real toll on relationships, too.

Libido Boosts or ED Treatment Alone

The good news is there are successful treatments for erectile dysfunction and many of the other problems we’ve identified.  Both libido-specific treatments and ED-specific treatments are available. 

Libido boosting treatments often involve replacing lost testosterone through direct supplementation.  Testosterone replacement therapy is the most common, though it is not always available or recommended purely for age-related testosterone losses.  Oral supplements are also available, aiming to increase free testosterone in the body, though the science behind many of them is quite dubious, and their efficacy is questionable.

On the erectile dysfunction front, most men are familiar with Viagra and other similar oral ED medications.  While these absolutely work, and work well, they are limited in what they can treat.  They improve blood flow and make it easier for men to achieve an erection, for sure.  But that does not necessarily address underlying health issues that may have led to the erectile dysfunction in the first place. 

Medical issues, medication side effects, and even psychological issues can still persist.  Circulatory problems, especially, may contraindicate the use of an ED medication and won’t be cured by taking ED pills.  A lack of energy, poor stamina, or libido issues won’t be cured by an erectile dysfunction treatment, either.  Libido treatments won’t fix erectile dysfunction or erectile problems.  This may seem like a vicious circle, and taking multiple medications to treat all these related issues is not often the best approach.

Comprehensive Treatment with CJC-1295

The good news is there are comprehensive treatments that can help address all these problems.  One of the most popular is the amino acid compound CJC-1295.  Unlike hormone replacement treatments, which can come with numerous risks and side effects, amino acid treatments are considered safe.  The amino acids themselves do not act as synthetic hormones.  Rather, in the case of CJC-1295, it works as a growth hormone secretagogue – a substance that triggers the pituitary gland to produce more of your own natural human growth hormone. 

This is far safer than testosterone replacement therapy and is much more comprehensive in its benefits than any libido-boosting hormone or erectile dysfunction treatment alone.  Human growth hormone plays important roles in several systems in the body throughout your life.  Many of those roles and systems overlap with the kind of libido and sexual problems we’ve discussed here.  By boosting the levels of human growth hormone, you may improve all of the areas in which human growth hormone operates, and thus realize improvements across a range of symptoms related to a loss of interest in sex or sexual performance.

The specific benefits of increasing human growth hormone, include:

  • Increased energy metabolism, boosting your energy levels consistently throughout the day
  • Reduced fatigue and increased stamina, both for regular activities and vigorous activities
  • Improved ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, getting better quality sleep and more of it
  • A boost to immune system function and cellular repair, making it easier and quicker to heal from injuries, harder to get sick, and quicker to recover from illnesses.
  • Improvements in circulation and red blood cell production, both of which play an important role in erectile function, thus reducing or eliminating many forms of erectile dysfunction
  • Increased libido and a general sense of positive well-being
  • Easier to lose weight and decrease in body fat percentage
  • Easier to build new lean muscle and maintain existing muscle mass (Devesa et al., 2016).

It’s easy to see how all of these benefits combine to make you feel healthier, more youthful, invigorated, and more.  The logical changes that they can provide to your sexual desire and performance are also fairly well-established and straightforward.  What’s more, these benefits don’t come at the risk of dangerous side effects, as is the case with many hormone replacement therapies.  The science is well-established, unlike with many supplement products to boost testosterone, too, so it’s a win all around.

Lifestyle and Habit Changes Help, Too

In addition to a quality treatment like CJC-1295, there are lifestyle and habit changes that you can make, too.  By themselves, they can improve your overall health, energy, and physical performance, and may improve your libido and erectile function as well.  Combined with CJC-1295, these changes can help to super-charge your results and leave you feeling decades younger, with more energy and stamina than you’ve had in a long time.  Some of the best advice for overall health and wellness applies here, with the following lifestyle and habit changes being at the top of most experts’ lists:

  • Be sure to exercise regularly.  Adults need 2-3 hours of exercise per week.
  • Eat a balanced, healthy diet, rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruit, lean protein, and good fats like olive oil. 
  • Cut down on your intake of alcohol, as it can have negative effects on the vascular system and make it harder to become aroused.
  • If you smoke, stop.  Smoking causes many bodily changes, including vascular changes, that can make sex more difficult and more risky.
  • Treat any underlying health problems with your doctor, as they can contribute to poor health, lower libido, and related issues.
  • Address mental health problems with a qualified practitioner.  Many mental health problems can manifest through a decreased interest in sex, ED, and related problems.
  • Address any issues with your relationship, as decreased libido or sexual function may be masking relationship problems.
  • Get a full 8 hours of good, restful sleep each night.

Conclusion

Decreased libido and sexual problems are quite common, especially as men get older.  Libido-boosting treatments such as hormone replacement therapy may work, but have a lot of side effects that are undesirable.  They don’t treat the underlying or related conditions that may contribute to decreased libido, either, such as decreased energy, flexibility, stamina, muscle mass, increased body fat, and so on.  Likewise, treatments for erectile dysfunction don’t address the myriad of related issues that can impact your sex life.  A comprehensive treatment with CJC-1295, an amino acid compound, can address all of these related systems and concerns.  Coupled with changes to lifestyle and addressing bad habits, aging men can reclaim much of the libido, vigor, energy, and sexual function they enjoyed in their youth.

DISCLAIMER

While we strive to always provide accurate, current, and safe advice in all of our articles and guides, it’s important to stress that they are no substitute for medical advice from a doctor or healthcare provider.  You should always consult a practicing professional who can diagnose your specific case.  The content we’ve included in this guide is merely meant to be informational and does not constitute medical advice. 

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