5 Signs You May Be Suffering From Insufficient Testosterone

When it comes to dwindling hormone levels, menopause seems to get all the media attention. And as a result, whether you’re a woman or a man, you probably know all the common symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes, night sweats, and irritability. But the fact is, low testosterone (or low-T) levels can be just as disruptive as the symptoms associated with declining estrogen levels. Because low-T symptoms aren’t talked about as much, it’s easy to write off those symptoms as “just part of getting older.” That’s too bad, because without medical treatment, low testosterone levels can wind up taking a major toll on your life. Unfortunately, many men don’t know the symptoms of low testosterone — or how simple it can be to get the treatment that’s necessary to ease those symptoms.

Five common symptoms of low-T

The most common cause of low testosterone levels is aging, but other problems including some chronic diseases can also cause hormone levels to drop. Low-T can cause an array of symptoms, but these five are among the most common.

1. Low sex drive

This is probably the most well-known symptom of low-T, but still, a lot of men tend to write off a low level of desire as a result of being overworked, overstressed, or overtired. Even worse, some men may misinterpret their lack of sexual interest as a relationship or partner-related problem. While those issues can certainly play a role in limited cases, it’s important to have your testosterone levels checked to make sure the issue doesn’t have a biological basis.

2. Erectile dysfunction (ED)

ED is another relatively common “side effect” of having low levels of testosterone. While testosterone doesn’t directly cause an erection, it does play a role in helping your brain release the chemicals you need to achieve and maintain an erection. When your body isn’t producing enough testosterone, your brain never gets the “signal” to release those chemicals, or it doesn’t release the levels necessary for an erection to occur. When ED occurs in conjunction with a low sex drive, the effect can be even more devastating to your self-esteem.

3. Fatigue

You might think testosterone is “only” related to sex, but it actually plays a lot of other roles in your overall health as well. When testosterone levels are low, it contributes to an overall loss of energy just like low estrogen levels in menopause. Your metabolism can be affected, and what’s more, low-T can also make it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Worse, poor sleep can wind up lowering your testosterone levels even more, making this a particularly difficult cycle to break.

4. Weight gain

Testosterone plays a key role in metabolizing fat and carbohydrates. When your testosterone levels dip, your body is less efficient in breaking down fats and carbs, which means you’re much more likely to gain weight. Plus, low-T can also decrease your overall muscle mass, which can make it more difficult to exercise effectively.

5. Mood changes

Since testosterone also plays a role in mood, men with low-T are more likely to experience symptoms like changes in mood, irritability, and even depression. Low levels of testosterone can also interfere with your ability to concentrate and focus on tasks, which can wind up exacerbating moodiness, especially when it interferes with work.

While the symptoms of low-T can take a big toll on your quality of life, the good news is they can be managed very effectively with hormone replacement therapy. The key is to learn to recognize the symptoms of low-T so you can begin treatment as soon as possible.

Do you have low-T?

Of course, other factors can cause or contribute to similar symptoms, so the first step in any treatment is to have your testosterone levels tested. At Seskin Urology, we perform comprehensive testosterone testing so we can tailor every treatment program to the specific needs, symptoms, and health profile of the individual patient. Stop writing off your symptoms as part of the natural aging process. If low-T is to blame, hormone therapy could help you relieve those symptoms while also enjoying a better quality of life overall. To have your testosterone levels tested or to learn more about testosterone replacement therapy, contact the practice today.

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