Low testosterone (Low T) is a growing problem affecting millions and millions of men. Often, the symptoms that are associated with Low T are brushed off by both patients and medical professionals as a normal part of aging. Thanks to advances in the diagnosis and treatment of hypogonadism, however, we are able to accurately and efficiently evaluate your symptoms and your levels.
Perhap your days of giving your all to impress the fairer sex as a whole are gone. Maybe you’ve been married for decades, and the “Who do I have to impress?” mentality has set in. Well, don’t relax too much, your spouse still has eyes, she still deserves your best effort, and little is more unsexy than man-boobs or grouchy moods. Having low testosterone can lead to many seriously unsexy and unmanly symptoms:
Low Sex Drive
Testosterone is the key hormone supporting a man’s libido. While many men experience a decreased sex drive as they age, but many may fail to notice it. Low T can also affect a man’s ability to orgasm or reach completion during sex. This symptom is most distressing to men who are in a relationship, and often times their partner is the first one to notice the lack of desire and performance. She may not say anything, but she certainly noticed.
Difficulty Achieving Erection
Erectile dysfunction is a distressing symptom that is most often associated with vascular dysfunction. For some men, erectile dysfunction is expected as they age. However, younger men who suffer from the inability to achieve an erection might have Low T to blame. While testosterone is not solely responsible for an erection, it does play a vital role.
Testosterone is responsible for building and maintaining muscles. That is why men typically have more muscle and put on muscle more easily than women. When testosterone is especially low, muscle mass will begin to decline, and strength will suffer as well. This works against you are when trying to maintain your fitness level. Less muscle burns fewer calories and when your testosterone levels are low muscle recovery and growth is stunted.
As noted above, muscle/strength loss can limit your potential in the gym. Also, low testosterone levels are associated with lacking motivation. Some men will notice excess body fat around the midsection and chest, while others will notice an increase in weight without a significant change to their diet and exercise regimen.
Those dealing with low testosterone level may also have high estrogen (estradiol) levels, and this can lead to breast tissue growth (That’s right, man-boobs…moobs). This tissue growth is fat being packed onto the pectoral area, which is normally comprised of muscle in men. It can also lead to more fat in the midsection as well. This symptom is particularly distressing for men and can lead to poor body image relatively quickly.
If you have any of these symptoms, or are simply worried about testosterone production, it is best to consult a medical professional about your concerns. A simple blood test can detect low testosterone and the quicker you begin to treat it, the quicker you’ll begin to feel better and the quicker the symptoms will disappear. There is no reason to suffer from Low T…or unsexiness.