How do hormones affect sexual function?

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Reproductive function is totally dependent on hormones. That's why a woman's period doesn't start until her hormones come on-line during puberty and it ends when her hormones diminish sufficiently to cause menopause.

Sexual function beyond reproduction is somewhat less dependent on hormones. Men and women can be sexually active beyond their reproductive years happily. Some adjustments need to be made such as frequency, timing and lubricant. You may want sex less often. The term "quickie" may disappear from your vocabulary. You may need to use a lubricant as part of foreplay. Bottom line, hormones will impact sexual function but not eliminate it.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.
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