Sometimes the male body does not produce the necessary amount of sex hormones. There might be several reasons for this, such as age, poor nutrition, heavy physical exertion, smoking. Hormonal imbalance can lead to problems with potency, infertility, developmental delays in the child’s body. Erectile dysfunction is a common outcome of hypogonadism (lack of testosterone) in adults. The solution to this problem implies increasing T-levels in the body. Can Cialis be helpful in this regard?

The Role of Testosterone in the Male Body

Testosterone is a sex steroid hormone involved in the development of male genital organs, regulation of spermatogenesis and modulation of sexual behavior. Its rate (sufficient, insufficient, or excessive) can significantly affect the development of bone and muscle tissue, the level of sexual desire and even mood.

Pure testosterone is biologically inactive. Under the influence of the enzyme 5α-reductase, its more active form dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is synthesized. It has a direct impact on the developing the male body. Health problems can occur with both inadequate testosterone production and low activity of 5-alpha reductase.

The proper estrogen-testosterone ratio is important for men’s health. Naturally, androgenic substances should prevail over estrogenic hormones. According to a Chinese scientific paper (Hong-Yun Zheng et al., 2012), “the normal testosterone (T)/estradiol (E2) ratio is 1.7 ± 0.12”.

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Boosting Testosterone with Cialis – Is That Possible?

Cialis does not include pharmaceutical substances that directly activate the production of testosterone or increase the activity of 5-alpha reductase in the tissues. The medication contains active substance tadalafil (highly-specific PDE5 inhibitor) which has a relaxing effect on smooth muscles of pelvic arteries. Increased blood flow to cavernous bodies ensures improved erection and quality of intercourse. Obviously, treating erectile dysfunction with Cialis has symptomatic nature. An increase of testosterone levels either becomes unnecessary, or is provided by taking additional medications.

However, the systematic usage of Cialis may provide some on the hormonal background of men. One study (Emanuela A Greco et al., 2006) showed that a 20-mg on-demand dosage allowed to change T:E ratio in males participating in the research (in long-term). The proportion changed in favor of testosterone. Such a positive effect was possible due to a decrease in estrogen levels. In addition, it has was found that tadalafil acts as an antiestrogen. Thus, Cialis does not affect the amount of free testosterone but may alter its concentration with respect to other hormones.

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Scientific discussion revolved around the connection between sexual arousal (including at the emotional level) and a testosterone surge. Taking drugs that improve an erection brings positive emotions and satisfaction from high-quality sexual intercourse. Men who have great sexual experience may get increased content of testosterone during the day. However, the question of cause and effect (causality) remains controversial. A number of scientists argue that sexual drive is a consequence of a hormonal surge, not vice versa.

If the level of testosterone in your body doesn’t correspond to reference rates, then a doctor should choose an appropriate treatment. Taking Cialis will help in sexual life, however, when it comes to treating hypogonadism, special hormonal medications are usually selected (the so-called HRT). In such cases drugs that contain tadalafil are often combined with medications that promote testosterone production.

Do Athletes Need Cialis?

The effectiveness of Cialis in matters of intimate health pushes some athletes to its off-label administration.

The positive balance of testosterone paired with estrogen is important for muscle growth. Practice shows that some bodybuilders take tadalafil during workout. The positive effect noted by them is explained by the fact that this substance dilates blood vessels and provides muscles with oxygen recharge. Stamina and recovery speed may also be positively influenced.

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High selectivity of tadalafil can partially redirect blood circulation to the pelvic organs (especially if a man is sexually aroused). However, the positive effect of taking this drug will be tangible anyway.

Sure thing, Eli Lilly (the drug’s manufacturer) does not position its product as a sports performance enhancer. Off-label administration of Cialis is a dubious decision. There are enough special products on the market for athletes to help achieve various sporting goals.

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