Since December 15th of last year my sex drive has been about half of normal. It's not just that I don't want to have sex as much, the quality of my erections have lowered. I can hardly use condoms anymore. I only seem to be able to reach 80 percent of my past firmness. This is not fun. And let me tell you, you need 100 percent firmness to have decent sex.
I suspect this has something to do with cycling, which I do all the time. Once the symptoms started I stopped using my regular bike and switched to a recumbent. My condition has not worsened but has not improved either.
My voice has not changed. I still grow hair in the same places. My muscle tone has not gone down. My testes have not shrunk. And I seem to still ahve the same volume of semen. The two things which are different are that I don't fantasize as much, and I can't maintain erection.
I saw an endocrinologist who said that while my test scores are low it is possible I have naturally low testosterone and my ED is psychological. So he did not help at all. I wish I knew what my test scores were before this started happening. I have looked at age adjusted charts for test scores. Average for my age is 700. My score or 285 is even lower than a 90 year olds.
Have you ever heard of cycling lowering someone's testosterone? I have heard that cycling can damage the blood vessels which supply blood to the penis but would that not leave testosterone unaffected. The fact that my test scores are low might mean that I am physically undamaged and this is purely a hormone issue. Or maybe I have a pituitary tumor.
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