The symptoms of low testosterone can be devastating. From lack of energy to hair loss to difficulty losing weight, low testosterone can make daily life a struggle.
However, there’s one symptoms that can take a harsher toll than all the rest:
Testosterone And Libido Are Connected In Both Men And Women
Libido is a term that’s often misused and misunderstood. We’ll use this definition to avoid any confusion:
Libido: sexual desire.
This is quite different from physical limitations to sex, like erectile dysfunction or vaginal dryness. For our purposes, we are talking exclusively about the psychological urge to engage in sexual activity.
Amongst other symptoms, low testosterone can kill your libido, and this is true no matter your gender.
However, testosterone replacement therapy can most often improve low libido and other symptoms if they are the result of low testosterone. Both men and women often find their libidos return after only a few weeks of testosterone replacement therapy.
Still, the issues that men and women experience are markedly different when it comes to testosterone and libido — both sexes have physical issues that are related to sex but different from libido.
For Men: The Difference Between Erectile Dysfunction And Libido And How Testosterone And Libido Interact
All too many men believe that erectile dysfunction and libido mean the same thing.
This is a major misconception.
Erectile dysfunction refers specifically to the physical function of the penis—the inability to attain or maintain a satisfactory erection. The inability to achieve orgasm similarly has nothing to do with libido.
Rather, libido refers to the biological urge toward physical intimacy. This urge is psychological, even though it’s manifested physically.
A hallmark of normal testosterone levels is a robust libido. When testosterone levels drop below normal, one common symptom is a drop in libido.
Still, low libido isn’t the only possible symptom of low testosterone, which is why we look at your symptoms as a whole in addition to measuring your testosterone levels.
When you get your testosterone levels tested, we’ll discuss all your symptoms, along with other medical conditions you might have, to ensure that low testosterone is causing your low libido or other symptoms.
It’s possible your libido is low because you’re taking antidepressants or other medication and that your testosterone and libido are not connected, so be sure you tell your medical care provider about every medication you take.
For Women: The Connection Between Testosterone And Libido
Most women wouldn’t even think to blame testosterone levels for their lowered libido. However, researchers have long known that testosterone and libido in women are connected.
It’s also quite possible that other hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, are at the root of your symptoms—we provide hormone replacement therapy for these hormones as well.
Our goal is to get all of your hormones back into balance—and testosterone should be included in that list. When all three of these major hormones are restored to the right levels for you, you may see your symptoms improve.
To decide if low testosterone is the issue, do an inventory of your symptoms. Check this list of low testosterone symptoms for women and see if your experience matches it.
If it does, you might be suffering from low testosterone.
The Answer Might Be Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy can have a powerful impact on low libido and the other symptoms of low testosterone. If you’re tired of suffering from the symptoms of low testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy may be right for you.