It might seem at first glance that professional athletes are the least likely candidates to develop erectile dysfunction. However, the physical demands on an athlete and the stress of professional competition can sometimes conspire to increase the risk that these seemingly perfect specimens will eventually fall victim to impotence. And for those who experiment with supplements — some of them illegal — to try to up their game, the chances that they will develop ED are increased even further.
Some athletes and trainers put the blame for problems of impotence on overtraining. A somewhat amorphous concept within the sports and bodybuilding community, overtraining means different things to different people. However, a definition found in a recent article at MyHealthDetective.com seems to sum it up fairly well: “Overtraining is an imbalance between recovery and training. By that definition, overtraining overlaps considerably with the meaning of overreaching.”
Recognizing Effects of Overtraining
Whether they are self-imposed or part of a team’s regimen, training demands can sometimes reach a stage of diminishing returns. At such stages, the athlete may have plateaued or even regressed in his attempts to improve athletic performance. However, recognizing this point is not always easy, and as a result many athletes continue to pursue unrealistic training goals even when these efforts seem to be producing little, if any, results.
Rich Jacobs, author of the article at MyHealthDetective.com, notes that many elite training programs build over a period of weeks or even months to the point where athletes are overreaching. At that point, these programs quickly reduce training demands so that the athletes can take the time they need to reap the benefits of what Jacobs describes as “supercompensation.”
Steroid Use Also a Factor
However, overtraining is not the only culprit responsible for the incidence of ED among athletes and bodybuilders. The use of supplements, including testosterone, so-called testosterone boosters, and other anabolic steroids, can also increase an athlete’s risk of developing symptoms of impotence.
In the case of testosterone and testosterone boosters, these supplements may well produce the desired results in the first weeks that they are taken, but the athlete’s body may soon cut back sharply on its natural production of testosterone. This could result in a notable decrease in sexual desire or a lack of interest in sex.
Researchers Conduct Survey
To gauge the impact of long-term anabolic steroid use on sexual function, a team of researchers associated with the University of Utah Medical School and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, conducted a survey of steroid users. Their goal was to assess these men’s sexual function both when they were taking the steroids and after they had stopped using them.
A total of 231 steroid users participated in the survey, which showed that rates of newly diagnosed ED and reduced libido were highest in men whose steroid use was the heaviest and longest in duration. The researchers published their findings in the June 2018 issue of “Translational Andrology and Urology.”
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For men whose symptoms of impotence are caused by insufficient blood flow to the penis, the preferred course of treatment is with Viagra or one of the other oral ED medications known as PDE5 inhibitors. If the convenience of ordering your Viagra online appeals to you, you owe it to yourself to check out the services offered by AccessRx.com, a longtime online facilitator. To learn more, visit its Erectile Dysfunction page.