The Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Low testosterone. Until recently, the effect of low testosterone was not understood. We knew that high levels led to erratic, sometimes violent behavior, but little was known about the effect of low levels.
The causes of low testosterone
First of all, testosterone is a hormone produced in the testes, primarily. In men it helps maintain several important functions in the body, such as:
- Bone density
- Distribution of fat
- Muscle mass and strength
- Production of Red blood cells
- Sexual drive
- Production of sperm
Doctors researching the effects of testosterone levels have found that as men age, the testosterone levels decline. This is somewhat similar to menopause in women, but the effects are less subtle and more telling.
There are many factors that causes low testosterone, but the main one is simply age. Testosterone production will usually peak in males during early adulthood, and then starts to decline, about 1 percent a year after the age of 30. Age does a lot of things to humans, but affects on the sex drive, stamina and appearance can be especially troubling to males.
Is it low T?
Is it low T when you experience the following:
- Changes in sexual habits and functions. This usually include reduced sexual drive and desire, less spontaneous erections, like during sleep, and even infertility.
- Sleep pattern. Low testosterone can sometimes cause insomnia of sleeplessness.
- Physical changes. Such as, including increased body fat, lessened muscle mass and strength, and decreased bone density. Hair loss has also been linked to low testosterone.
- Emotional changes. You might feel a decrease in motivation or self-confidence. Feelings of depression and sadness, poor concentration and memory are also reported.
Low Testosterone And Sex Drive
Men of all ages can suffer from the effects of low testosterone, but it can be particularly noticeable in men who are going through andropause. Just like women who have reached middle age, the hormones in a man's body also begin to shift during the middle point of life. This change is known as andropause. Andropause has a number of different symptoms, one of the most common of which is a decrease in sex drive. Testosterone in the brain is responsible for the release of nitric oxide, a key player in allowing a man to achieve a lasting erection. Low levels of testosterone can lead to erectile dysfunction symptoms.
For many men, a decrease in sex drive and libido can result in depression and other serious mental conditions. Luckily, there are low sex drive treatments available. Low testosterone treatments have been found to be an effective libido enhancer. Many of the men treated with testosterone gels and other hormone therapies find them to be excellent sexual enhancers. If you are feeling the effects of andropause, call to talk to one of our testosterone experts today.
The Hormone Replacement Center
The Hormone Replacement Center is a place where you will be evaluated on and case by case basis. After this follows a blood test, the only real way to diagnose low testosterone. If low T is found, then we’ll recommend a treatment plan of hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement isn’t for everyone, and not everyone will have the same experience or beneficial effects from the treatment.
What to take for low sex drive
If you have low testosterone, it can cause a low sex drive, and a slowing down of the bodies energy and even fatty deposits were none existed before. To combat low sex drive, we recommend hormone replacement therapy, under the supervision of a trained medical professional.
Doctors have options for you if you suffer from low testosterone, several different delivery methods depending on your lifestyle and needs:
The Skin patch: worn on the arm or upper body. To be applied once a day.
Gels: comes in packets of clear testosterone gel, absorbed directly through the skin when you apply the gel once a day. The mouth patch: is a tablet applied twice a day to the upper gums above the incisor. Injections and implants: injected directly into the muscles, or implanted as pellets in the soft tissues. This is slowly absorbed and spread throughout the body.
There are oral tablets, but it is thought to have a negative effect on the liver, so is used in cases where other methods won’t work.
If you suffer from low testosterone, there are ways to help. It’s time to get your life back, and be the person you used to be, that you are meant to be.
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