The ‘male’ hormone Testosterone is vital, in males, for the normal functioning of the body, and not just for the correct functioning of the reproductive organs. There are many different symptom of low Testosterone that will indicate that medical treatment or therapy may be necessary.
Where men have a low level of Testosterone then Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is available as a treatment, TRT boosts the level of the hormone in the bloodstream providing many potential benefits to the patient.
What are the symptoms of low Testosterone that men should look out for? Here we will take a look at the top ten symptoms of low Testosterone that act as warning sign to the individual concerned.
Top ten symptoms of Low Testosterone
1) Lowered Sex Drive
The male hormone Testosterone has a big impact on the male sex drive. As men age, many will naturally experience a reduction in their sex drive. For younger men in particular, a low level of the hormone could have a massive impact on their love life, ability to have a family and even a normal active lifestyle.
2) Erectile Dysfunction
Testosterone both stimulates a man’s sex drive and helps them to maintain a healthy erection. The hormone itself works indirectly to cause an erection by stimulating receptors in the brain to initiate the production of Nitric oxide. It is this molecule that triggers the chemical reactions that are necessary for the body to cause the erectile tissue to swell, causing an erection. When levels of the hormone are low, erections are more difficult.
3) Lowered Semen levels
The production of semen in the male body is aided by Testosterone. Men with a low level of the hormone will often note a decrease in the volume of their semen during ejaculation.
4) Reduction in fertility
A lowered sperm count, due to a low level of semen, will often lead to reduced fertility. Low levels of the hormone therefore can lead to a reduction in the chances of procreation and ultimately starting a family or, indeed, experiencing a normal family life.
5) Loss of hair
The production of hair on the body is influenced, amongst other factors, by Testosterone. A low level of the hormone can lead to baldness and a reduction of hair across the entire body. Baldness has an inherited genetic component, which can be exacerbated by low levels of the hormone too.
6) Loss of muscle mass
Due to the fact that Testosterone plays an important role in the building up of muscle mass, those with a low level of the hormone may notice a reduction in their overall muscle mass. Many studies have shown that the hormone has a direct impact on muscle volume and density.
7) Increase in body fat
An increase in body fat and the Body Mass Index (BMI) is another symptom of low Testosterone. Gynecomastia, or ‘man boobs’ as they are often nicknamed, are likely caused by an imbalance in the levels of Testosterone and Oestrogen (the female hormone) in male bodies.
8) Increased Fatigue
Many males suffering from low Testosterone levels have reported a decrease in energy levels and an increase in fatigue. If you feel continually tired then you may be suffering from this imbalance in the body.
9) Mood swings
It is thought that the hormone has an effect on mood and mental capacity. Medical research has in fact shown a correlation between low levels of Testosterone and lack of mental focus, irritability and even an increased risk of depression.
10) Decrease in bone mass
It is accepted wisdom that Osteoporosis is a condition mainly associated with females due to hormonal imbalances. However, males with a low level of the hormone Testosterone may also experience bone loss. This is because the hormone also helps to produce and strengthen bone matter. As men age this can make the individual more prone to bone fractures due to their lower bone volume.
Always consult with your doctor, physician or other medical expert before embarking upon Testosterone Replacement Therapy.