I wonder if in a few years when an HD male asks his LD wife for sex if she smiles at him and then tells him to go take his pill, she is hoping that the new pill drops his sex drive?Researchers say the key is a gene called aromatase. In a certain area of the brain, this gene converts testosterone to estrogen and helps the male sex drive.
Dr. Serdar Bulun says in a media release. “For the first time, we demonstrated conclusively that the conversion of testosterone to estrogen in the brain is critical to maintain full sexual activity or desire in males. Aromatase drives that.”
....While some may associate estrogen with females, study authors explain it plays a vital role in the male body too.
“Male mice partially lost interest in sex,” says Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Dr. Hong Zhao. “Aromatase is the key enzyme for estrogen production. Estrogen has functions in males and females. Testosterone has to be converted to estrogen to drive sexual desire in males.”
.....“If you knock out the aromatase gene in the brain, their sexual activity is significantly reduced. There is less frequency of mating. The male mice are not that interested,” Bulun says.
.....The Northwestern team says a low sex drive, known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder, is a common problem among men using certain antidepressants known as SSRIs. Bulun believes boosting aromatase can restore the testosterone-estrogen conversion.
For men experiencing compulsive sexual desire on the other hand, dampening this gene just like the mice may be the answer. The study cautions however, existing drugs which inhibit aromatase can cause osteoporosis, a condition causing the bones to become brittle and weak. Using this new research, Bulun says specific drugs which only target the brain area where aromatase works can avoid these side-effects......
At what point can a couple would different levels of sex drive be able to medically alter their natural desire so that they are matched?
I for one like to avoid any medications i don't absolutely need, so i am not sure I would jump at the opportunity to get my libido reduced.
I think that this could however be something that could help some couples deal with their differences in sex drive. Would you take such a drug if asked to by your spouse?
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