When is low testosterone a concern?
Testosterone levels start to decline around age 30. This change affects each man differently, and not everyone experiences bothersome symptoms. Usually, you begin to notice effects from an age-related drop in testosterone between the ages of 40 and 60. The term “andropause” is sometimes used to describe symptoms of low T. This term suggests it’s similar to menopause, and though it’s also an age-related hormonal change, there are key differences beyond gender. You remain fertile after undergoing andropause, unlike menopause, and your hormone levels change gradually, not suddenly. Testosterone plays a role in many bodily processes, so the symptoms of low testosterone can be widespread. These symptoms include:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Decreased sex drive, libido, and sexual performance
- Hair loss
- A decline in strength and muscle mass
- Unexplained weight gain
- Lack of energy and motivation
- Mood changes, including depression, anxiety and irritability
- Cognitive changes, including difficulty concentrating and fogginess
- Insomnia, including difficulty falling asleep and low-quality sleep
How is low testosterone treated?
Your doctor will order blood tests to confirm if your symptoms are the result of low T. Your doctor could then recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). As the name suggests, TRT involves taking testosterone – through an injection, patch, gel, cream, or pellets placed under the skin – to replace your lost testosterone and correct your hormone deficiency. You benefit the most from TRT when you couple it with healthy behaviors that promote testosterone production. You should also begin a wellness program that includes losing excess weight, exercising, and keeping a regular sleep schedule. Though low T can make these changes difficult, TRT can help you get over the initial hump. You can expect to feel relief from your symptoms soon after beginning TRT. In addition to specific symptom relief, patients often find they feel better overall – more like themselves – after they undergo hormone replacement therapy. To learn more about low T treatment, schedule an appointment with Twin Oaks Urgent Care.