Sexual function and libido are subjective. What one person considers too much another may say is not enough. One thing most people can agree on is this – erectile dysfunction is a problem when a man cannot perform. Another factor is one that affects women around and after menopause – lack of vaginal lubrication. In this review of HGH therapy effects for sexual function, we look at the impact of HGH on sex drive, performance, fertility, and pleasure.
When discussing sexuality and fertility, Human Growth Hormone, and sex drive are not the first things that come to mind. Most people will mention the hormones estrogen and testosterone as being the primary stimulators of libido and reproduction. Some may even know about the role of progesterone for fertility, and as a precursor hormone to testosterone (which, itself, is the precursor to estradiol).
What many people do not know is the role of growth hormone (somatotropin) in sexual functions. Male or female, your body needs an abundant supply of GH for many reasons, including maintaining sexual desire and improving reproduction odds. Some of the ways GH works to help support a healthy sex drive and performance include:
- Direct actions on both the male and female gonads (discussed in detail in the next section)
- Indirect actions by stimulating insulin growth factor 1 production which improves nitric oxide levels (more on that below)
- Direct actions on brain receptors that release endorphins and support sexual thoughts and desires
- Reducing cortisol (stress hormone) levels to help a person relax (and get in the mood)
- Improving sleep and energy – crucial for feeling sexual desire
How does HGH increase sex drive in adults?
Sex drive begins in the head, where HGH stimulates neurotransmitters to send signals of desire down to the gonads. Many adults with low growth hormone levels report impaired psychological well-being, often in the form of depression, anxiety, stress, and irritability. Growth Hormone replacement improves feelings of emotional well-being, reducing stress and depression, and paving the way for better sexual desire and arousal. GH affects the brain’s neurotransmitters, including serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine.
HGH therapy effects for sexual function work on neurotransmitters in the brain as well as in many physiological ways to improve sex drive and performance.
How HGH Affects Sexual Function
Growth hormone deficiency (GHD) can cause many problems for men and women – sexually speaking. Aside from a decline in libido and sexual functions, infertility can become a significant issue.
Although the entire body and brain contain growth hormone receptors, the liver is a primary target, awaiting GH to stimulate IGF-1 production. IGF-1 not only mediates many of the effects of HGH on the body, but it also acts at the vascular level to activate nitric oxide production, which relaxes arterial smooth muscle cells. As a result, vascular tone decreases. Growth hormone stimulates the proliferation of endothelial cells which also contain IGF-1 receptors.
Although growth hormone comes mainly from the pituitary gland, and a little from the adrenal glands, the gonads locally produce a small amount of GH that helps support fertility.
In the testis, endocrine growth hormone supports testosterone production, gametogenesis, steroidogenesis, and spermatogenesis in the following ways:
- Testosterone production: GH stimulates steroidogenesis (the pathway of converting cholesterol into the steroid hormones that eventually results in testosterone production) in the Leydig cells. HGH therapy helps enhance testicular sensitivity to luteinizing hormone (LH), which promotes testosterone production.
- Gametogenesis: the process of developing cellular formation, meiosis, differentiation, and growth in the testes is known as spermatogenesis – or the production of sperm cells. Growth hormone also benefits from IGF-1 actions in the testes to improve sperm cell morphology and motility, increasing sperm cell count.
For women, the HGH therapy effects for sexual function and fertility are critical to understand. Growth hormone plays a significant role in female fertility, which suffers when a woman has GHD. The process of female fertility requires oogenesis and folliculogenesis, as follows:
- Growth hormone helps to modulate progesterone and estrogen (estradiol) release in the ovaries from the granulosa cells. As with the steroidogenesis in males, the conversion pathway of cholesterol into the steroid hormones that include progesterone, testosterone, and estradiol are crucial for oocyte production and development.
- Growth hormone provides antioxidant benefits to the ovaries to maintain overall ovarian health.
- An added benefit of GH is that it inhibits follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) induced aromatase activity reducing testosterone synthesis into estradiol. By maintaining healthy testosterone levels in the ovaries, the androgen hormone can further increase follicle production and sensitivity.
- Growth hormone also improves follicle size and number to improve fertility and reproduction. HGH therapy often helps enhance oocyte quality and maturation.
How does HGH increase libido and improve sexual functions?
The answers are below:
- Decreasing the Risk of Erectile Dysfunction
Erections require the relaxation of smooth muscle in the penis, as well as healthy blood flow. For men with GHD and ED, HGH therapy may help facilitate smooth muscle relaxation and venous constriction. Increased NO production helps support the relaxation of the muscles inside the penis so that the chambers can fill with blood to form a sturdy erection.
- Restoration of Sexual Desire
Sexual desire begins in the brain, where growth hormone helps to stimulate neurotransmitters that send impulses down to the sexual organs. Since stress and depression can inhibit sexual desire and thoughts, improving those issues with HGH therapy can help restore a healthy libido.
- Return of Sexual Power
With improved blood flow and smooth muscle relaxation, a man can once again enjoy a longer-lasting erection. Both women and men report increased orgasm intensity and pleasure.
- Reducing Vaginal Dryness
Just as HGH therapy increases and improves the blood flow to the male penis, it does the same to the vagina. Women typically report better vaginal lubrication, making intercourse less painful and more enjoyable.
Reviews of Our Patients
Here are some of the reviews on HGH therapy effects for sexual function from our clients:
For years, I ignored the signs that my body was aging. I figured since I worked out regularly, ate a healthy diet, and got plenty of sleep, it was natural for me to age. But when I started to feel weak and got sick a lot, I began to worry – especially when some photos showed that I was physically aging. The mirror lied to me – or I didn’t let myself see what was happening. Since finding out that I had growth hormone deficiency, my HGH therapy has improved my body through better muscle growth, skin tone, and weight loss. I feel healthier and happier than I have in years.
At 49, I knew I was too young to feel, look, and act old. My sex drive was gone, I had more gray hair than my friends, and was gaining weight and noticing more wrinkles and dark circles under my eyes. After a friend recommended that I call your clinic for a free consultation, I went through the blood tests and got a physical exam and discovered I had low growth hormone levels. Since starting HGH therapy six months ago, I look and feel years younger. My sex drive is better, I have lost all that extra weight, my sleep has improved so no more dark circles, and I am even noticing less gray in my hair.
After hitting menopause, I started to notice my hair was thinning and falling out faster. My skin was becoming thinner and showing more wrinkles. I read about HGH therapy and wondered if it would help as I also experienced weight gain and forgetfulness, like in the symptoms I read. After finding out from my blood tests that I had low growth hormone levels, the doctor prescribed HGH injections. Within three months, I noticed better hair growth and skin elasticity returning. I also started to lose weight and my memory started to improve.
Dangers of Unprofessional Treatment
When looking at the beneficial HGH therapy effects for sexual function, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of improved libido and better orgasms. However, that does not mean going and purchasing HGH online or from any source without a prescription.
Abuse of HGH can lead to unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects, such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- High cholesterol
- Insulin resistance
- Painful muscles, nerves, and joints
There are many cautions when it comes to HGH therapy and sexual functions. All too often, women facing the symptoms of menopause turn to their well-meaning gynecologists that routinely prescribe estrogen therapy. While that can help reduce some of the menopausal symptoms, it can also create a further hormonal imbalance. Oral estrogen opposes growth hormone functions and reduces the amount of IGF-1 circulating in the bloodstream. As a result, there is less protein synthesis and fat oxidation, resulting in a loss of lean muscle and an increase in fat mass. Transdermal estrogen does not cause the same problem. Hormone replacement needs to be targeted to what comprehensive blood tests show to be the imbalance.
For more information about HGH therapy effects for sexual function, please contact our hormone clinic for a free consultation.