When Hormones Are Off for Both Spouses

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Re: When Hormones Are Off for Both Spouses

Postby Leah » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:35 am

Bioidentical anything is not covered by our insurance, so bloodwork, exams, etc, would all be out of pocket and our pockets are not very deep. Fortunately my doctor is not a one-trick pony, so we are trying yet another option. She also thinks physical therapy would be helpful. Perhaps it would, but i need to be established in my job and will probably have a change in insurance later in the summer. In the meantime the new medical option will be what we do.

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Re: When Hormones Are Off for Both Spouses

Postby Hoosier52 » Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:25 pm

Look into Defy medical. They are treating both my wife and I. They don't take insurance but there are other ways to get your insurance to pay for it.

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Postby poetess » Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:51 pm

Leah, it would be good to hear reports from you later.

Defy Medical is one I've been considering based on mentions on TMB.

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Re: When Hormones Are Off for Both Spouses

Postby ledgemoor » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:33 pm

Leah, Unfulfilled's last post stepped on my toes a bit, but I think it needs to be said, especially in light of the 2nd paragraph of the original post. I don't know what it is about low testosterone, but one of the symptoms is not caring enough to do anything about it. Having been there and looking back, I still don't fully understand it. We don't like having to get our manhood out of a bottle is part of it. But thinking rationally, it is better getting it from a bottle than not getting it.

I understand the cost factor. Really, I do. Insurance rarely covers bHRT. We have had to do without a lot of things to get it. But if you needed $2000 to save your life, you could come up with it, probably without going homeless, carless, or losing any weight. I doubt it will bankrupt anyone. As medical care goes, bHRT is a bargain. Consider this in your cost-benefit analysis: bHRT isn't just about having more and better orgasms. It is about better -- much better -- overall health. If all it does is delay a heart attack by a few years, what comparatively little the bHRT cost will be more than recouped.

It will take several visits. But in our experience, it is totally worth it.

Our bodies are the temple of God. We are obligated to take care of them.

I want to be clear about this. Old age nees not mean an end to your sex life. I burst out laughing when some young poster asks if people in their 50's still have sex. Yes we do dear, the best ever. My parents are in their mid-80s, and apparently doing well in bed. I was discussing testosterone with my dad, whose natural levels are higher than mine BTW. Mom chimed in "oh, he doesn't need that. He's more than OK in that department".

Poetess, I read or reread this entire thread. To address some questions you raised:

I would treat him before you. Men are simpler and cheaper to treat, and given his symptoms, there is little doubt that he needs testosterone and that it would "fix" him. You, there is a possiblity that things could improve for you on their own. Testosterone to Estrogen ratios improve after menopause. While it is unlikely that you would get no benefit from it, there is no guarantee that it will help you orgasm.

He married a woman who has never been married before. Perhaps a good bit younger than him. He has an obligation to do anything reasonable to be a husband -- a sexual husband -- for you. That said, DON'T wait for him to get the blood tests, make the appts, etc. YOU do it for him. That's what DW had to do for me, and I love her to death for doing that.

In addition to low testosterone, there is a matter of lack of generosity. He should not only be willing to cuddle naked anytime you want, but initiate that. And low testosterone does not prevent his fingers and mouth from working.

Oral sex is great when the man has erectile issues (and other times as well :lol:). The man can give and receive, no problem. We find it to be VERY intimate emotionally. When I was having issues, I still needed to relieve myself, and the only way I could do that most of the time was to give her oral sex while masturbating myself. Her pheromones apparently helped push me over the edge.

poetess wrote:I don’t count his touching my breasts as sexual touch, since that’s for him and it does nothing for me, but really he has hardly done that.
Let me share something about that which may help you. When DW lost her ovaries, she started needing nipple stimulation to O. According to our doctor, nipple stimulation produces the hormone oxytocin. It helps mothers love their babies, and also plays a role in orgasm. From when we were first married, I sucked her nipples a lot. I told her before we got married it was something I wanted to do, and it was even better than I imagined. She was accomodating, but didn't start enjoying it until after childbirth and nursing. I don't know if pregnancy triggered something hormone-wise, or if it is something that was learned from the baby sucking them so much. FWIW.

Finally, because he was married before, I think you both assume he knows more about how to please a women -- namely you :-) -- than he really does. I don't mean this disrespectfully. I would have assumed the same if I were in his situation. But after reading here on TMB for 10 years now, I am still amazed at how different wives are as to what works for them sexually. Every couple's experience is precious and unique. He should forget everything he thinks he knows, and start exploring you with no assumptions.

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Re: When Hormones Are Off for Both Spouses

Postby poetess » Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:52 pm

Thanks, Ledgemoor.

BTW, it often hurts when he touches my breasts--sometimes quite a bit--and it never actually feels "good." So it has basically been somewhere between me tolerating it (because I'd rather he was touching something else, but at least it doesn't hurt this time) to tolerating it (the pain is manageable) to moving his hand or asking him to move it. I try to accept it when I possibly can because I know he likes it, but I'd "prefer" just to ask him never to touch them because to me it's often negative and never positive. But sometimes it recharges him sexually, so on those times it's a draw anyway. But I think about how much I like touching his testicles and how disappointed I'd be if he asked me not to do so, and I accept it when I can, even while it's way down the list of my own favorite touches.

He really did know more about sex than I did when we married, meaning that right from the first he varied his touch and other nuances that I doubt most virgin husbands think to do. But now he probably could use some help, and he's the sort of man who is open to hearing that, except that I have to be wise in bringing in up when he has some downtime and right now he does not.

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Postby tentsofpurple » Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:06 pm

ledgemoor wrote:He married a woman who has never been married before. Perhaps a good bit younger than him. He has an obligation to do anything reasonable to be a husband -- a sexual husband -- for you. That said, DON'T wait for him to get the blood tests, make the appts, etc. YOU do it for him. That's what DW had to do for me, and I love her to death for doing that.

I just wanted to agree with this as it was very similar to our experience. We were younger (in our late 20's) when dh experienced diminished libido (along with a host of other symptoms that go along with low testosterone, fatigue, depression, lack of motivation for anything even hobbies he previously enjoyed). He went from being very enthusiastic and generous in bed to barely mustering up the energy for quickies. He was very different. It was only through this forum that I heard about low testosterone and his symptoms seemed to fit so closely. After many tearful fights, and sleepless nights, and nagging and pushing and pulling to (several different) doctors we got a diagnosis. During the process he vacillated from thinking I was crazy to question that something was wrong with him to irritation at my insisting that we keep seeking a diagnosis. But 6 weeks into being treated for low T he actually said to me that it "was like a fog has lifted" and he was "so grateful" that I kept pushing him to get treatment. Long story short I'm not saying I handled it all very well or in the most graceful manner but he was and is very glad that I didn't take his initial no and kept trying.

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Re: When Hormones Are Off for Both Spouses

Postby Leah » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:02 pm

poetess wrote:Leah, it would be good to hear reports from you later.


I'll definitely share what works.
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Postby OldMarriedLady » Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:34 pm

It's funny, now that I think about it - my DH and I are both on hormone replacement therapy but see different doctors for it. Our insurance won't cover his doctor visits or lab testing, but will cover all the prescribed medications (testosterone included). Our insurance WILL cover my doctor visits and my lab testing, but won't cover the (compounded) medications prescribed. Fortunately the meds are very affordable at $40 a month for 3 different prescriptions (testosterone, progesterone, and estriol which is a combination of 2 different estrogens).

The way I found a doctor in our insurance network was to contact the local compounding pharmacy and ask them for a list of doctors who prescribe compounded medications. They happily provided that for me, and out of the very few (maybe 6?) doctors listed, I found one who was in our insurance network.

Even though DH's doctor and lab tests aren't covered by our insurance, he is so happy with the doctor he sees that he's willing to spend more out-of-pocket to continue seeing him. His doctor is passionate about HRT and is VERY knowledgeable and really digs into every aspect of DH's overall health.

I'm one of those wives who had to "nudge" DH to get treated for low T, but it was SO worth it. It positively affects so many different aspects of his health, not just his libido. When I saw the difference HRT was making for him, I decided to get myself tested and found that I was low in testosterone myself. I found that testosterone replacement for me had a lot of the same benefits for overall health that DH was experiencing.
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Re: When Hormones Are Off for Both Spouses

Postby Nvr2Late » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:19 am

Leah wrote:As far as I can tell, reliable testosterone treatment is much more available and affordable than estrogen, especially estrogen from reliable sources. Bioidentical is even more expensive.

One of the drugs that has proven only marginally effective is now so expensive I have had to tell my doctor we have to find something else. Even the generic version is unsustainable because of cost.

There are things out ther to help women, but they are not carried by every pharmacy, and the cost may put them out of reach for many.


In women, the enzyme aromatase converts some testosterone to estradiol, a type of estrogen. I probably need more estrogen than I am able to make (I'm about 25 lbs overweight) but I think when I'm getting T replacement therapy, I do better. Is that a consideration for you?

As to some of poetess's concerns and comments: We've gone through some similar soul searching, both my husband and I, with regard to hormone therapy. As you may know from unrelated posts, our financial situation has been a bit bleak the past year. We tried for a while just being philosophical about our aging bodies and lack of sexual vigor, and thought for a while that we'd just give in to it, and enjoy what we had left. I, too, nodded when I read your comments about taking your age and your financial situation into full consideration. We really had no choice, and it was that helpless feeling that I think was most depressing.

After a while, though, we both miss having a ready libido and ability to fully enjoy all aspects of the MB the way we can only with hormone replacement. We've gotten pretty creative at times getting what we need, but all in all, when we can afford it, we make room in our extremely limited budget for T therapy. The least expensive is T cypionate shots. Right now, blessedly, Medicaid covers his injections! And if we decide to switch to one of the topical T gels or creams, they cover that as well.

I cannot afford to have my compounded cream made, nor can I afford a visit to my anti-aging doctor who doesn't take insurance, much less Medicaid. (there's a whole 'nother rant there, for another time). I need it at least as badly as he does because it has huge benefits to me in terms of my radiation induced (and menopausal) vaginal stenosis and general vulva tenderness and friability. Frankly put, without it, I bleed with normal sexual contact and sting for days afterward. So...what to do? I made an appt. last week with our family doc who is treating DH and asked if he would prescribe T cream for me. He won't, but he referred me to a female associate in his office who WILL! Ask and ye shall receive :D

All that to say, I am still an enthusiastic supporter of hormone therapy. It's worth the sacrifice, if you want a better experience in the MB. That's a decision each couple needs to make themselves, of course. Even for the last couple of months without my cream, I supplement with DHEA so that at least my body can hopefully convert what I can't make myself. It does make a big difference. Anyone can purchase DHEA and with a little research learn how to responsibly take it.
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Postby Leah » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:40 am

Not according to my doctor. The issue is not sex drive. It is a lack of estrogen due to menopause, causing thinning of vaginal tissues. There is a secondary condition being successfully treated, but the primary one is still being worked out.

I use a doctor who specifically deals with the needs of aging women, and she's on the cutting edge there.
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Postby Nvr2Late » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:17 pm

Not sure if you're responding to my post, Leah, but in case I left you with the impression that sex drive was our only issue, it's not. I also have been seeing an expert practitioner in aging and hormones, but of course not all doctors will agree on the best course for any one patient, either.

I'd be curious to know what you are referring to when you say "not according to my doctor."? Testosterone doesn't convert to estrogen? It doesn't help with vaginal dryness and stenotic issues?
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Postby Leah » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:55 pm

We are not talking about other hormones yet.
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Re: When Hormones Are Off for Both Spouses

Postby ledgemoor » Sat May 06, 2017 8:11 am

poetess wrote:Thanks, Ledgemoor.

BTW, it often hurts when he touches my breasts--sometimes quite a bit--and it never actually feels "good." So it has basically been somewhere between me tolerating it (because I'd rather he was touching something else, but at least it doesn't hurt this time) to tolerating it (the pain is manageable) to moving his hand or asking him to move it. I try to accept it when I possibly can because I know he likes it, but I'd "prefer" just to ask him never to touch them because to me it's often negative and never positive. But sometimes it recharges him sexually, so on those times it's a draw anyway. But I think about how much I like touching his testicles and how disappointed I'd be if he asked me not to do so, and I accept it when I can, even while it's way down the list of my own favorite touches.
Good on you for accommodating him. You have an idea how much breasts mean to a man from reading here and your husband's reaction to yours. They nourished our bodies when we were babies. Now, more importantly, they nourish our soul :lol:.

Does it hurt when you touch your breasts, or just when he touches them? The pain could be psychological. Like your belly button. You can touch it no problem, but if someone else touches it, it tickles and is unpleasant. (But with training, navel stimulation can become pleasant and erotic.) Same thing with G-spot stimulation. It is unpleasant until you learn to like it.

You'd think if that was it, that as long as you have been married you'd be used to it by now. But maybe you aren't doing it enough or he is too rough? I still get carried away, and DW has to constantly remind me to be gentle. Maybe if you touch them gently, then he touches you in the same place in the same way.

If they hurt when you touch them, it could be hormonal.
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If your estrogen is too high and you have a few extra pounds, losing weight could lower it. Progesterone being off in either direction can cause it too. Since you aren't on the pill or bHRT, it's not likely you have too much. You could try a little progesterone cream (available OTC) and see if it helps.

I hope you can figure something out. You have sensitive breasts which is a good thing if you can turn the sensitivity into pleasure.

PS I mentioned oxytocin released by nipple play to help with orgasming. There is a nasal spray that you could use. You'd need a prescription though. DW has some, but it burns a little when you apply it, and we both prefer the nipple method :D.
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Re: When Hormones Are Off for Both Spouses

Postby poetess » Sat May 06, 2017 9:52 am

No, the breasts are a known medical issue, a certain kind of cysts. The doctor even told me (in front of my husband) that he'd once had a patient who'd had a double mastectomy. He asked her what year she'd had cancer and she said she hadn't--she simply had so much pain from the same issue I have that she had them removed. I figured that should be enough that my DH would know I wasn't just being selfish or overly sensitive when I tell him it hurts. But sometimes he tweaks them in ways that hurt even on a good day. And I don't like it when he is rough with them on days it doesn't hurt much, because other days that same kind of play could be real agony; since he doesn't know whether it's a "good day" or a "bad day," I'm then left having to say "Honey, please don't" or move his hands three times out of four. So I've started also saying, "They don't hurt today, so you can play with them a bit," but that runs the risk that he plays too hard. And really I know he has no idea how often I've endured actual pain or how much it makes my breasts the single least erotic part of my body when it comes to sensual touch. So I want to tell him, "I'd have a whole lot better pain-to-pleasure ratio if you'd leave my breasts alone and touch parts of me that bring me actual pleasure." But I don't, and then sometimes I pay for it later when I have discomfort or pain upon entry, too.
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