Dopamine, Erectile Dysfunction And Libido
For instance, when you see a gorgeous woman across the room, your brain starts producing dopamine which makes you want to have sex with her.
Dopamine motivates you to have sex.
What Is Dopamine
Dopamine is a chemical that will often catch people’s attention. This is because it is associated with our most sinful behaviors and secret cravings like sex, drugs and chocolate.
Although this is true, dopamine is also a lot more than that.
Increases in dopamine production occurs when we are exposed to ‘things’ that give us pleasure such as sex, drugs, food, sugars, etc.
Actually, this is still not entirely correct.
Instead, dopamine is produced when we anticipate pleasure or reward.
For instance, let’s say you’re walking down the street hungry and then smell freshly baked pizza from the pizza bakery.
Assuming you like pizza, you now start imagining or even anticipating eating pizza.
It is when this anticipation takes place that dopamine is produced in your brain.
This reward system is activated when you engage in certain activities that further your survival or the continuation of your genes.
Sex, eating and mastering a new skill all support either your survival or the continuation of your genes.
When dopamine is produced in the brain, we feel good. We feel pleasure.
And these pleasurable sensations function as the motivation or reward for seeking out the activities that increase the likelihood that you survive and pass on your genes.
The production of dopamine in your brain provides you with one of the most pleasurable sensations you can experience naturally, and can therefore be an extremely strong driving force for your actions.
This motivation can be so strong it can even cause addictions.
In other words, you can be addicted to the flush of dopamine produced in your brain when craving sex, sugar and drugs.
But this is a problem caused by the modern world. Because we today have the opportunity to indulge in an excess of sex, drugs, sugar, fat, etc. that we did not have in the old days.
But that’s a different story..
When it comes to the experience of actually enjoying something, dopamine is still involved, but less so.
Because the experience of enjoying something, eating a good meal for instance, is also controlled by other chemicals called opioids.
Dopamine is also involved in certain sensations that are opposite to the sensations of pleasure and reward.
For instance, research has shown that dopamine is also produced when a person experiences fear and stress.
To make us more alert in order to help us deal with the situation at hand, and also to help us learn to avoid similar situations in the future.
Dopamine also plays a big role in regulating bodily movement.
Parkinson’s Disease is a disease that can severely impair movement.
In addition, dopamine plays a role in the proper functioning of memory, attention, emotional response and problem solving.
Dopamine has also been found to be involved in pain processing, the control of nausea and vomiting, and several other bodily functions.
How Does Dopamine Affect Libido And Erectile Functioning?
This dopamine then travels to the back of your brain, down the spinal cord and to the nerves in your penis.
Remember that when you experience the anticipation or desire for something, dopamine is produced in the brain?
When you see a gorgeous woman (or man) walking down the street on a hot summer day, she will often get your attention.
You may stop your train of thought, you may even stop in the street, you may even start staring at her. As she passes you by, you may turn around to get another look.
What just happened?
If this dopamine production was incredibly strong, you would have probably walked over to her to start chatting her up.
If dopamine production was regular, you would have probably just stopped whatever you were doing and showered her with attention for 20 seconds.
The hormone testosterone is another key ingredient required for sexual functions. Or put differently, you need adequate levels of testosterone in order to create an environment in which sexual activity can happen.
It therefore needs help to make things happen quickly.
The solution: Dopamine.
Parkinson’s Disease is caused by a deficiency of dopamine. Studies have shown that when Parkinson’s Disease patients received medication that increased dopamine levels, a side effect commonly noticed was increased sex drive and more frequent erections.
In addition, there is similar evidence from studies on medication to treat schizophrenia.
Animal studies have also reported the same findings.
Research on animals have shown that administration of agents that increase dopamine caused more animals to display increased sexual behaviour.
It also lead to restoring sexual behaviour in animals that earlier displayed sexual impairment, enhanced frequency of erections and sexual motivation, and also increased the number of copulatory sessions in animals.
For instance, when your body is out of balance due to substance abuse, you are likely to produce less dopamine than normal.
Dopamine deficiency can have many causes, but some of the most common ones are: too much stress, alcohol / substance abuse, obesity, inadequate exercise, a poor diet, lack of sleep, exposure to heavy metals, toxins, etc.
However, there is also another form of ‘dopamine deficiency’.
It’s a situation where there is enough dopamine but where you can’t access it.
Let me explain:
The dopamine receptors can in other words go numb.
This will often happen if you over-expose yourself to stimulation that causes excessive dopamine levels to be produced.
Pornography, masturbation or simply too much sex can have this effect.
Therefore, when the brain is overloaded with these sexual sensations, the dopamine receptors get exhausted and stop working properly.
In order for the same message to be communicated as before, more dopamine is needed.
In order for more dopamine to be produced, stronger forms of sexual stimulation are needed.
And as stronger forms of sexual stimulation are needed, your dopamine receptors get more exhausted.
You see the vicious cycle that has just started?
This can even lead to addiction which can completely exhaust the reward system in the brain.
To learn more about my experiences with pornography, please go here.
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