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Testing for Low Testosterone

testing for low testosterone

For many, Low T is a confounding issue, but testing for low testosterone levels can help strip away some of the mystery. Low T symptoms present themselves in a wide variety of ways, many of which can be interpreted as signs of other health-related issues.

The ease with which symptoms can be misinterpreted can make arriving at a diagnosis difficult, as providers often suspect many possibilities before nailing down Low T as the cause of symptoms. Some clinicians may even ignore “low normal” testosterone levels and give up far too soon.

When all you are doing is looking for answers, the process can be frustrating. The good news is that there are clear and effective answers for Low T. With the right treatment, your symptoms may be eliminated, and you can be yourself again.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone And The Importance Of Testing For Low Testosterone

Many of the symptoms of low testosterone are the same across the sexes. Here are some symptoms that apply to both men and women that we look for when testing for low testosterone.

  • Depression
  • Increased Fatigue
  • Decreased Sex Drive
  • Decreased Muscle Mass and Increased Fat Levels
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Insomnia and Sleep Problems

It is vitally important to assess both total and free testosterone. So, male or female, if you are suffering with these symptoms, it could be that you are deficient in testosterone. A thorough evaluation from a knowledgeable provider can help identify suspicious symptoms and put you on the right path to accurate diagnosis.

Some causes are also sex-specific. The possible causes of low testosterone in women are quite different from the possible causes for men.

Testing For Low Testosterone In Women

Here are just some of the possible causes of low testosterone for women:

  1. Hysterectomy
  2. Ovarian removal
  3. Ovarian failure due to chemotherapy drugs or other drugs
  4. Estrogen therapy and oral contraceptives
  5. Loss of menstrual periods in a woman before menopause
  6. Early menopause (before the age of 40)
  7. Adrenal gland issues
  8. Pituitary gland issues such as hypopituitarism or prolactinomas

If you have experienced one or more of the above issues, you may benefit from low testosterone testing. Testing for low testosterone is truly the only way we can be certain that your symptoms are caused by low testosterone.

Testing For Low Testosterone In Men

Most of these causes are quite different from the causes of low testosterone in women:

  • Klinefelter syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Opiate pain medication use or abuse
  • Hypothalamic disease
  • Pituitary disease
  • Physical damage to the testicles
  • Damage to the testicles from illness or chemotherapy
  • Type II diabetes
  • Alcoholism
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Sickle cell disease

As you can see, some of these potential causes apply only to men, but other causes apply to both sexes. To determine what is specifically causing your symptoms, testing for low testosterone is required.

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms of Low T you should consider getting tested today!

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