Symptoms of Low Testosterone
How do you know if you have low testosterone? What are the common symptoms of low testosterone, also know as Low-T?
What is Testosterone ?
Testosterone is an important sex hormone found in men. The production of testosterone in male begins as early as seven (7) weeks after conception. Its levels rise during puberty and late teen years. It starts to decrease after the age of thirty (30). After this age, it is normal for a man’s testosterone to decrease slightly every year.
Testosterone levels affect everything in men and these include:
- Reproductive system
- Bone density
- Muscle mass
- Behaviors (e.g. aggression and dominance)
Most testosterone is produced in the testicles. However, small amounts come from the adrenal glands which are located above the kidneys. In women, the adrenal glands and the ovaries are responsible for the production of testosterone.
Possible Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- Low sex drive
- Low sperm count
- Enlarged or tender breasts
- Lower fertility
- Decreased bone and muscle strength
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Shrunken and softened testes
- Weight gain
- Low or diminished self-esteem
- Lack of focus and irritability
Causes of Low Testosterone
This can be caused by underactive testes. When underactive, testes do not produce optimal level of testosterone. Inherited trait as well as accident and illness can also be the cause of this underactivity.
Inherited conditions include:
- Hemochromatosis: a condition whereby too much iron in the blood causes testicular failure.
- Undescended testicules: is when the testicles fail to descend from the abdomen before birth.
Other causes include:
- Cancer treatment: Chemotherapy can damage testicules.
- Physical injury to the testicules
- Pituitary disorders: caused by kidney failure or drugs etc.
- Inflammatory disease: for example tuberculosis.
A simple blood test can detect high or low testosterone.
Hormonal Therapy for Low Testosterone
Naturally, most men have more than enough testosterone, but it’s also likely that the body produce too less of this hormone. This condition is referred to as “Hypogonadism” and may be treated with hormonal therapy.
Men with normal testosterone level or men who desire future fertility should not consider this therapy. The therapy requires a doctor’s prescription and careful monitoring.
If you have any of these symptoms, don’t be ashamed or shy. You are not the only person having this problem. It does not make you less of a man. A significant number of men are having the same problem so don’t feel like yours is the worst of all.
This article is not meant to offer medical advice. Consult your doctor if you have any of the hypogonadism symptoms.