American men experience a testosterone decline after 30. A quarter to a third have below normal levels. Symptoms include sexual dysfunction, depression, reduced energy, reduced muscle strength, and sleep problems. More than a million men are on testosterone shots and gels. The treatments have serious side effects.
Americans have the highest testosterone when young and the steepest decline with age. In other cultures testosterone is flat across lifespans. American high schools and universities put large numbers of young men and women in contact, when other cultures expose young people to few strangers. However, Americans may be cleaner (i.e., showering) and lack contact between older men and women (e.g., driving instead of taking a subway). Oral contraceptives may also be a factor.
Testosterone replacement therapy causes a man’s body to stop producing testosterone. The result is that he may stay on hormone supplements indefinitely. If he quits his body will eventually recover testosterone production, but for weeks or months he’ll feel worse than before he took the supplements.
The long-term effects of testosterone replacement are unknown and could include prostrate cancer, heart disease, and sleep apnea.
In contrast, exposure to women’s sweat may be a safe, natural way to raise men’s testosterone. Our ancestors evolved taking fewer showers and living in closer quarters. We may be able to restore millions of men to normal hormone levels with associated higher energy, less depression, more sex drive, more muscle strength, and better sleep.
Our goal is to develop a safe, effective treatment for low testosterone in men that will lack the side effects of current treatments.
More specifically, we will work with female subjects 18-30 years old, not pregnant, and not on oral contraceptives, and we will: