Understanding Low Testosterone
Effects of Low Testosterone
Low testosterone symptoms and their side effects can occur when the body does not produce enough testosterone. Levels lower than what is considered “normal” by the medical community, are referred to as low testosterone. Normal levels of testosterone range from about 300 to 900 nanograms per deciliter. Many Low Testosterone Symptoms are often the result of a health or sexual issue, and can also be caused by other medical problems or conditions. Men tend to have naturally high levels of Testosterone that control the functions of sexual activity and also assists with muscle and bone density. This is why a low level of Testosterone can cause many sexual complications and impact a man’s overall health. Low testosterone symptoms can be mild or severe, but they will usually not get better if left untreated. Make an appointment to see one of our doctors today!
Even men who fall under the “normal” T level deal with erectile dysfunction. Men with any of the following symptoms can benefit from an expert evaluation.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
While there are many different low testosterone symptoms. The symptoms of low testosterone generally follow certain things. The following list contains many of the more common side effects of low testosterone.
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Memory Loss
- Loss of sex drive
- Fatigue and decreased energy levels
- Muscle Loss
- Weight Gain
- Hair Loss
- Irritable Male Syndrome
What Causes Low Testosterone?
It is natural to produce lower levels of testosterone as the age of a man increases. The body produces less testosterone as it ages. At times, low testosterone symptoms are not severe enough to cause men problems, but at other times the issues caused by lower testosterone levels impact the daily sexual functioning of a man severely.
How are the symptoms of low testosterone in men diagnosed?
A simple blood test can identify and diagnose Low Testosterone levels that often cause a mans low t symptoms.
Low testosterone treatment options
Treatment options include low testosterone therapy or other hormone therapies and/or replacement. Physicians at American Male Medical work with each individual patient to identify and treat Low Testosterone when it is affecting your sexual health and overall vitality.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy can vary and can be in the form of tablets that dissolve under your lip, gels, patches, or injections. Each option has its own benefits, drawbacks, and side effects.
Injections: Some testosterone injections are given in the form of Depo-Testosterone and Delatestryl. The benefits of injectable testosterone are that it can be taken every other week or every two weeks. However, with injectable, the testosterone level may be hard to maintain equilibrium in the body as it may be too high when first injected and too low prior to the next injection.
Gels: AndroGel and Testim are two testosterone gels that allow a smooth therapy process and have shown to be effective in controlling testosterone levels. The testosterone gels are applied on the arms or shoulders at the same time every day. On the other hand, gels seem to be more costly and may irritate the skin or eyes.
Replacement Patch: Androderm is a transdermal patch applied every night and left on for 24 hours. The best places to apply the patch are areas of the skin with the least hair. Make sure you choose a different spot every night. Skin irritation is the only disadvantage to the Androderm patch.
Tablet: The tablet is placed under the upper lip against the gum and must be replaced every 12 hours. Eating and drinking are possible while the tablet is under the lip. Some drawbacks include bitter taste, gum irritation, and toothache.
Testosterone Replacement Side Effects
Each testosterone replacement option has its own advantages and disadvantage, but long-term side-effects are likely with all testosterone replacement treatments:
- Enlargement of the prostate gland
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Increased urination and fluid retention
- Worsening of breathing problems during sleep, such as sleep apnea
- Weight gain
- Increase in red blood cells
- Testosterone Replacement Cautions