Sexual Health for Men: The Complete Guide

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The Testosterone Renaissance
Testosterone has spawned its own myths and legends. This chapter deals with the role of testosterone in maintaining a man's health and vitality. The muscle-building properties of testosterone have attracted considerable attention and have created a culture of testosterone abuse. This quintessential male hormone is needed to maintain every man's sexuality and fertility and is more important than previously believed in sustaining a woman's sexuality. In Chapter 14, we will discuss why and when eliminating testosterone can be of benefit to some men and society. Then Chapter 15 will examine the role of the powerful new male hormone dihydrotestosterone. Here, you will find discussions on the following:
1. What does testosterone do to maintain a man's health?
2. The athlete-doctor schism: Does testosterone increase muscle and decrease fat?
3. Athletes, bodybuilders, and male hormone supplements
4. The "array" to counter side effects of male hormone supplements
Mortal men and testosterone
6. Testosterone and sex: Who needs testosterone, anyway?
7. Testosterone's role in women's sexuality
8. Trouble with testosterone: The problem of delayed premature (precocious) puberty
9. Using testosterone to jump-start delayed puberty

Two grown men, a seventeen-year-old boy, and a woman want testosterone.

Glenn at 28 already looks like he has had more than his share of testosterone. Fully dressed, there is every reason to believe him when he tells me he is a competitive bodybuilder. His gray "big and tall" men's suit jacket can barely contain arms that are the size of an average man's thighs. During the day, he works at his job selling electronics, but at night he pursues his passion. In every spare moment, he is at the gym working to further define his

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