Hello All, today we are going to look at the problems associated with Low Testosterone and the Treatment that is available if you suffer from this condition.
Testosterone is made by the body in both males and females. The testicles make testosterone in men. The ovaries in women also make testosterone, but in much smaller amounts.
Here is a quick summary of the contents :
What is Testosterone
Signs you could have a problem with testosterone levels
What can cause low testosterone levels
Treatment for low testosterone levels
My Final thoughts
What is Testosterone
Testosterone, is a hormone naturally produced by the body, it is the primary male sex hormone. In men, testosterone plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues such as testes and prostate. It’s also responsible for hair growth, bone density and muscle mass. (1)
Signs you Could Have A Problem With Testosterone Levels
- Hair Loss, can occur if you’re levels are low because, Testosterone plays a role in several body functions, including the production of body hair. (2)
- Fatigue, even if you get lots of sleep you can still feel fatigued if the testosterone levels in your body are lower than normal. (3)
- Difficulty with Erections, testosterone stimulates a man’s sex drive, it also helps to achieve and maintain an erection. Testosterone alone does not cause an erection, but it does stimulate the receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide.Nitric oxide is a molecule that helps trigger a series of chemical reactions necessary for an erection to occur. When testosterone levels are too low, a man may have difficulty achieving an erection. (4)
- Low sex drive, Testosterone plays a key role in sex drive in men. Some men may experience a lower sex drive as they get older. However, someone with low testosterone levels will be more likely to experience a more drastic drop in their desire to have sex. (5)
- Low sperm volume, Testosterone plays a big part in the production of semen. Men with low Testosterone problems Can see a difference in the volume of their semen during ejaculation. (6)
- Smaller Teaticles, Low testosterone levels in the body can contribute to smaller-than-average sized testicles. The body requires testosterone to develop the penis and testicles, low levels could contribute to a smaller penis or testicles compared to men with normal testosterone levels. (7)
- Changes in your Moods, Men with low Testosterone levels often can experience changes in mood. Because testosterone influences many physical processes in the body, it can also influence your mood and mental capacity. Research suggests that men with low Testosterone are more likely to suffer from depression, or a lack of focus as well as being very irritable. (8)
what can Cause Low Testosterone Levels
Some people are born with conditions that cause Testosterone Deficiency :
- Klinefelter syndrome
- Ambiguous genitalia (this is when the sex organs develop in a way that is not normal looking)
- Noonan syndrome
Some men can develop Low-Testosterone because of other health problems :
- Pituitary gland disease leading to a hormone deficiency
- Having the testicles removed due to cancer
- Chemotherapy or radiation treatments
- Autoimmune diseases ( when the body makes antibodies that attack its own cells)
- Damage caused to the testicles after an accident
Many men who develop Testosterone Deficiencies have Lower levels that can be associated with :
- Being over weight / obesity
- Getting older usually over 40.
- Metabolic syndrome conditions such as hypertension, unhealthy cholesterol levels, and stomach fat.
- The Use of medications such as antidepressants and narcotic pain medications can also be a factor.
Other health problems also associated with low testosterone levels are :
- HIV (about 3 in 10 can experience it)
- AIDS (about 5 in 10 ) (9)
Treatment For Low Testosterone Levels
If a man in his 20’s or 30’s suffers from low testosterone levels he may have a problem With trying to get pregnant, gonadotropin injections may be an answer in certain cases. These are hormones that signal to the body to produce more testosterone. This could increase the sperm count.
Another way is to use implantable testosterone pellets, this is a new form of treatment in which several pellets are placed under the skin of the buttocks, they then release testosterone over the course of about three to four months.
Injections and nasal gels can be used for some men. (10)
Skin patch. A patch is applied to the skin every 24 hours, in the evening, and releases small amounts of the hormone into the skin. (11)
Many people prefer to use supplements as opposed to over the counter or prescription medications.
My Final Thoughts
Low levels of Testosterone can occur in men of any age, it has been reported by men in their early 20’s, although it is much more common in men who are much older.
Men quite often find they have an issue because they can’t get their partner pregnant, this sparks a series of tests to be carried out on both people. A blood test is carried out on the male usually early in the morning because this is when the results are most accurate for testosterone levels.
Once your levels start to drop the process can continue slowly downwards until you address the problem by consulting with your Doctor.
Losing weight and taking exercise regularly can also help you to boost the levels of testosterone in your body.
As you have read above many health problems can cause your testosterone levels to fall.
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Source (1) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Testosterone
Source (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8) https://www.healthline.com/health/low-testosterone/warning-signs
Source (9) https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/low-testosterone.
Source (10) https://www.webmd.com/men/features/low-testosterone-explained-how-do-you-know-when-levels-are-too-low
Source (11) https://www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/treating-low-testosterone-levels