The idea of having a glass or two of wine when having dinner with your significant other typically paints romantic
scenes, but evidence suggests that wine consumption can actually put a damper on men’s sex drive. Drinking too much increases estrogen levels in men and reduces their levels of testosterone. This can lead to a range of symptoms, none of which are particularly sexy.
How Does Wine Affect Men’s Testosterone Levels?
The alcohol in red and white wine can have a devastating effect on men’s Testosterone levels. White wine is a worse offender than red wine, but all alcoholic drinks have the potential to raise a man’s estrogen levels and suppress testosterone production. The plants used to make wine and other alcoholic drinks contain estrogen-like chemicals, which act just like estrogen does in the body. Remember that testosterone is the hormone that makes men manly and that estrogen is the hormone that makes women womanly.
Symptoms Caused by Low T and High Estrogen in Men
All men naturally have a small amount of estrogen in their bodies, but when alcohol consumption causes estrogen levels to rise abnormally high while at the same time as suppressing testosterone, problems can arise (or NOT “arise”, as the case may be). Low testosterone can make men tired and depressed. Increased estrogen can lead to problems with erectile function. Some men bloat or even gain weight, particularly in the chest area. As if piling on the pounds, growing a “man boobs”, and becoming moody wasn’t unsexy enough, these changes can make it extremely difficult for men to get and/or maintain a satisfying erection. The lack of “satisfaction” goes both ways mind you.
How to Address the Testosterone and Estrogen Balance in Men
Cutting back on wine could help to address the causes of male hormonal imbalances. Lowering alcohol consumption will almost certainly improve health, but it is not a complete solution for most men over the age of 40. Some men’s Low T troubles, need to be treated with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
How Long Does it Take for Testosterone Therapy to Work?
Men who are being treated with TRT should start to see improvements within as little as three weeks,but don’t expect a miracle transformation to occur during that period. Restoring hormone levels to normal is quick, but allowing your body time to respond can take time. So, be patient – it could take as long as six months to improve your symptoms.
So, how long does it take for testosterone therapy to work? The answer to that question varies strongly between individuals. You should start to see some improvement within a few weeks. In the meantime, cut back on your drinking and follow a healthy lifestyle to help get your mojo back.