So I've been looking around the internet, and I found some stuff that I'd like some input on.
Is it possible that my weight lifting may be contributing to my sexual desires in a negative way? Let me put this into perspective. I haven't looked at a single clip of porn in the last 6 months so I'm pretty damn sure that I don't need to reboot any more. But I'm still not responding sexually to women. Funny thing is, I've been playing around with my penis to test to see if it's able to get hard and it definitely is, I just don't seem to have a very high sex drive. This leads me to believe that my problems may not be dopamine-related, but maybe testosterone related. I've just been thinking about when my problems started surfacing and the few conversations that I've had with my father about my ED and a couple minutes ago, I remembered he asked me if I thought my weight lifting was causing it (my ED started around the same time I went on a heavy diet and then started lifting weights regularly. I was around 15 1/2). At the time I scoffed and said "no way" because...you know...squatting twice my body weight HAD to be generating some massive amounts of T, right? I've been lifting heavy weights every single morning since I decided to lose weight all those years ago and thinking that the unhealthy, weed-smoking, binge-drinking, borderline fat 14 year old that I was had better sexual energy BECAUSE of these habits was preposterous.
So anyways, I started researching it just for funzies, and a couple of forum posts have touched on this. These guys are saying that all the testosterone in my body is being used to rebuild my muscles after I work out and there isn't any left over after this process is complete, which would result in a low sex drive, right? Last January, I went to the doctor to get my levels taken. My total testosterone level came out 349 ng/dL (range is 250-1100. Kinda low...) and free level was 54.1 pg/mL (range is 35-155. Not as low but still kinda low). I mean, maybe I'm just not getting enough fat and cholesterol in my diet? I did a dietary overhaul when I was 15 and went from 156 lbs to 135. I've since gone back up to 160, except it's pretty much muscle mass. But I don't consume junk food, sweets, soda, none of that. I eat extremely well and all that good stuff. But maybe I'm just not getting enough fat/cholesterol in my diet? I know you need cholesterol to produce testosterone. Idk the whole idea makes more than a little sense in regards to my situation IMO. If ANYBODY can give input I'd really appreciate it. I'm starting to freak out about the idea that maybe this low sex drive is being caused by my zealous workout schedule.
Also, I usually sleep like 7 hours a night. Don't know if that makes a difference. Low testosterone would also explain my lack of morning wood, yes?