Since I started taking Zocor a few years ago for my high cholesterol, my sex drive seems to have dwindled. My wife and I are wondering if there is a connection. Cholesterol has several important functions in the body. It is an important component of the outer "skin" of cells and of the bile acids that digest food in the intestine. It also provides the starting point for making estrogen and testosterone. In theory, lowering cholesterol with a statin could lower testosterone levels, which in turn could dampen the sex drive.
Lowering your cholesterol may improve your sex life | EurekAlert! Science News
The objective of this study was to clarify the complex and uncertain relationship between endogenous sex hormones and high-density lipoprotein HDL cholesterol levels in healthy men. Fifty-five healthy adult men were consecutively recruited from an ongoing cross-sectional study of cardiovascular disease risk factors from a lipid research clinic at the University of Washington, Seattle. Subjects receiving medication were excluded. Multiple linear regression analysis identified several factors that correlated highly significantly with HDL cholesterol levels, including alcohol intake; frequency of strenuous exercise; age; levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglyceride; and carbohydrate intake. Despite finding significant correlations with factors known to influence HDL cholesterol levels, no correlation with estradiol level, testosterone level, or the ratio of estradiol to testosterone levels was apparent.
Erectile dysfunction ED is a common condition. Men with ED have a hard time getting and keeping an erection. For most men, being unable to get or maintain an erection happens occasionally. ED is diagnosed when a man consistently has this difficulty.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance your body uses to protect nerves, make cell tissues, and produce certain hormones. Your liver makes all the cholesterol your body needs. Your body also gets cholesterol directly from the food you eat such as eggs, meats, and dairy products.