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Low testosterone in men can affect many aspects of life. In this article, you’ll learn what can be affected, some common symptoms, and then we’ll answer some of the FAQs.

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What is affected by Low Testosterone in Men?

Low testosterone (or testosterone deficiency) is when the body isn’t able to make enough testosterone to work normally. Because testosterone is the major androgen, it’s key not just for the physical changes that happen during puberty (like the development of the penis and testicles and the growth of body hair), but for your bone and muscles, sex drive, and your general mood.

Your testosterone levels are at their highest between the ages of 20 and 30. As you age, you’ll experience a small, gradual drop in testosterone levels. You might have a greater drop in testosterone levels if you’re overweight or have other long-term medical problems.

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What Are The Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men?

  • Mood changes (low mood and irritability)
  • Poor concentration
  • Low energy (lethargy, low stamina)
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Easily fatigued
  • Increased body fat
  • Decreased libido (low interest in sex)
  • Difficulty getting and keeping erections (uncommon)
  • Low semen volume
  • Reduced beard or body hair growth
  • Gynecomastia (breast development)
  • Hot flashes, sweats
  • Osteoporosis (thinning of bones)

What Causes Low Testosterone in Men?

Low testosterone, also known as hypogonadism, occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough of this vital hormone. This deficiency can stem from issues in the testicles, where testosterone is produced, or disruptions in hormone signaling from the brain.

Causes of low testosterone can range from genetic conditions affecting hormone production to various medical conditions that may not seem directly related, as well as physical damage to the testicles. Furthermore, it’s noteworthy that testosterone deficiency can also manifest as a consequence of using anabolic steroids, impacting hormone levels and overall health.

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What are the Treatments for a Testosterone Deficiency in Men?

Medically-diagnosed testosterone deficiency is treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is prescribed by a doctor. Once started, testosterone replacement therapy is usually continued for life and needs to be checked regularly.

If you have diabetes and testosterone deficiency, it’s best to get treatment for your diabetes and any other illnesses first, as this might return your testosterone levels to normal.

If you’re overweight, weight loss and a healthy lifestyle might help to improve your testosterone levels.

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Low Testosterone in Men — FAQs

What is considered low testosterone in men?

Low testosterone levels are established by a simple blood test.  In men, testosterone levels that are lower than 300 ng/DL are considered low.

How low testosterone is treated?

The only way to treat low testosterone is to replace testosterone in the body.  Testosterone can be replaced with creams, injections and/or pellet therapy.

Who treats low testosterone?

Doctors that specialize in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) are best suited to treat low testosterone.

Primary Care, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Endocrinologists usually treat low Testosterone as well.

Can low testosterone cause hair loss?

Yes.  Hair loss is a fairly common symptom of low testosterone in men and women.

Can low testosterone cause depression?

Yes.  Low testosterone can cause depression.  Many mood and emotional effects are related to hormone levels.

Balancing the hormones can be an effective treatment for depression.

Can low testosterone cause anxiety?

Yes, low testosterone levels can cause anxiety as well as depression, mood swings and other emotional symptoms.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, seeing a physician who specializes in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a great place to start

Can low testosterone cause testicular pain?

Yes.  Testicular pain can be caused by low testosterone.  If you’re experiencing testicular pain, it’s important to see a physician right away, as low testosterone levels are only one possible cause.

Can low testosterone cause ED?

Yes.  Low testosterone is one cause of erectile disfunction, or ED.  Any physician who specializes in hormone replacement therapy is a great place to start to improve ED symptoms.

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Can low testosterone cause high blood pressure?

Yes.  Low testosterone levels in men and women can be a cause of high blood pressure.

Does low testosterone cause weight gain?

Yes.  Low testosterone can cause weight gain and make it hard to lose weight and build muscle.

If you’re having unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight, your hormones may be to blame.  A consultation with a hormone specialist is a great place to start.

Can low testosterone cause headaches?

Yes, for a number of reasons, low testosterone can cause headaches in both men and women.

Low testosterone in my 20s - Is it possible?

Yes.  Low testosterone levels can happen at any age for a number of different reasons.

A consultation to test your testosterone levels and overall hormone balance is a simple and effective way to see if you have low testosterone that is keeping you from feeling your best.

Low testosterone in my 20s - Symptoms?

The symptoms of low testosterone for someone in their 20s would be the same as for any other age: brain fog, inability to lose fat, inability to gain muscle, low sex drive, amongst others.

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