Have you lost your ability to get and keep an erection? How long has it been since you’ve had a full sex session? As a male, it can be tough to see your manhood not stand at attention when sexually aroused. What’s worse is that if you can’t get an erection, you feel like you’ve failed a performance. At Charleston Men’s Clinic, we understand. Erectile dysfunction is one of the big reasons we opened our clinic: to help men like you who may be struggling with various health issues relating to sex.

In this post, we’ll share the relationships between hormones and your erection. If you’re ready to talk more about your ED, call our clinic in Mount Pleasant today and schedule an appointment. We serve men from all over South Carolina. You’re not alone in this. Otherwise, continue reading to learn more!

Hormones and Erectile Dysfunction

If you’re unable to get and hold an erection long enough to enjoy sex or sexual acts, you may need to come see us. The inability to reach full erection or the inconsistency of erection from session to session are both signs you may be dealing with sexual health issue. There can be a number of causes for your potential erectile dysfunction, but a big cause for men who are aging into their fifties and beyond are hormones — primarily testosterone.


Your hormones like testosterone and others work in concert to regulate your bodily functions and responses. If any one hormone is out of balance, it can affect your entire body. This typically results in the issue you may be dealing with: erectile dysfunction.

You’ve probably heard of women going through menopause. Well, men go through something similar as they age. Their testosterone begins to gradually decline, which causes an imbalance with their hormones. This can cause changes in how your body functions. Although these changes may be slight, they can create embarrassing moments like not being able to get an erection.

Nitric oxide and prolactin

Low testosterone in a male diminishes his sex drive (libido) and both his capability and ability to get and keep an erection. Unfortunately, a male can have all the desire in the world to enjoy sex or a sexual act, but when his brain doesn’t signal the secretion of nitric oxide to relax the penis and allow blood flow, the result is the dysfunction of erection. Testosterone promotes blood flow, which adds to complications if the male’s brain does signal for nitric oxide to be released but the blood flow doesn’t arrive to prompt a healthy erection.

The stress hormone cortisol

One of many factors that causes hormone imbalance, specifically low testosterone, is high cortisol levels. Cortisol is the “stress” hormone. It helps regulate and manage stress in your body. This means that if you’re always in a high stress environment or lifestyle, you could be secreting cortisol into your system, triggering prolactin and reducing your testosterone levels.

Systemic health

Finally, your liver and kidneys, depending on their health, could be causing your erectile dysfunction. These organs do play a role in regulating testosterone and other hormones, which means if you’re dealing with disease in either organ, it could be the cause of your ED. Furthermore, medications to regulate these organs and other systemic health issues like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and more could be affecting your ability and capability to get and keep an erection.



Charleston Men’s Clinic: Schedule your erectile dysfunction consultation

As a male, it’s disheartening not being able to get and keep an erection; it’s about performance for many men. Include the natural decline in testosterone as you age, and you soon begin to believe erectile dysfunction is the future of your sex life.

At Charleston Men’s Clinic, we disagree. Our medically trained staff want to help you get back in the bedroom with confidence and vigor. We treat erectile dysfunction in a number of ways, and we want to see you. We offer oral ED medication, injections, GAINSwave™ treatment, and the Priapus Shot®.

Are you ready to take back your sex life? Want to get and keep an erection? Request an appointment at our men’s health clinic in Mount Pleasant.