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Thyroid Disorders board

Besides "Go see the doctor!" my informal advice is that not only is Viagra an expensive proposition, but treating the thyroid problem needs to be a first step so that the other treatment options (like viagra) are actually safe and have the groundwork laid to be effective.

This is copied from a website whose link I can't post, but I thought you might find it intersting. A doctoer in conversation with a patient explains how hyperthyroidism affects him causing premature ejaculation and an inability to get or hold an erection at times: [quote]Here is your problem associated with hyperthyroid. The thyroid gland is part of the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis and control of thyroid hormone secretion is exerted by a negative feedback control loop. Thyroid-Releasing Hormone (TRH) released by the hypothalamus stimulates the pituitary to release Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) which, in turn, stimulates thyroid hormone release. When thyroid hormones in the bloodstream increase, it sends negative feedbacks to inhibit both TSH and TRH, which leads to "shutdown" of thyroid epithelial cells. Later, when the thyroid hormone level decreases, the negative feedback signal fades and the thyroid wakes up again. Hyperthyroid produces excessive thyroid hormone, which deactivates your hypothalamus and pituitary, both of which are also the master controller of the brain (hypothalamic-pituitary)-adrenal/testicular (ovarian) axis. That means your DHEA and testosterone productions are slow too.

Perhaps, your endocrinologist is a little out-of-date. It seems you are experiencing the midlife male menopause. Acetylcholine is essential for the parasympathetic nervous ending in the penile tissues to release the erectile neurotransmitter Nitric Oxide so the parasympathetic nervous function in the prostate can keep the prostate emission valve tight. Also, so that the parasympathetic nervous function in the liver, kidneys and adrenal glands can suppress the sympathetic function for P450 enzymes to release properly and to regulate renal blood pressure control and reduction of the stress hormone adrenaline, respectively.

(The doc then goes on to recommend a formula of theirs that contains Yohimbe Bark...)

Yohimbe Bark is a natural substance that can be bought at many healthfood stores that has been shown to help. Its action is that it raises acetylcholine levels in the brain and has an action on the blood vessels in the target area as well. It works well for many and might be worth researching. It loses its effect over time, so it shouldnt be used continuously, but using it once or twice a week should be fine.

The active part of yohimbe bark is also available as a prescription called Yocon, but many who have used both say that the Yohimbe Bark is better. Be sure that if you buy it, you use a good brand name that is standardized. A dose containing from 8-20mg of yohimbine is usually the effective range and usually. Start at a lower dose and raise it if needed. Twinlabs and GNC both have a good product that is standardized liek that so that one or two capsules an hour or so before "bedtime" woudl do the trick.

Since it does have stimulatory properties, try it on the weekend first, rather than on a weeknight, so if he can't sleep, he won't be worn out the next day.

[This message has been edited by Meep (edited 10-15-2002).]