Testosterone, the male sex hormone is a very important hormone to have a healthy energetic sexual as well as normal life. Women do have this hormone but in very small quantities in their bodies. When the testosterone levels drop in a man, its not just erectile dysfunction caused but also results in reduced bone mass, loss of muscle, reduced sex drive, hair fall etc.
This hormone plays a significant role in developing healthy and strong bones and muscles, deepening of voice, good hair growth and production of sperms. A level less than 300 nanograms (300ng) of testosterone per 1 deciliter of blood is considered as low level and nearly 2% of men face this problem.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone levels:
Problem having erections:
As mentioned already, testosterone is an important hormone for men to get or sustain erections. Low levels cause less frequent erections, having no erections even on stimulation and/or problem with maintaining the erections. Apart from the mental trauma that this may cause to any man, it also affects the sexual life of his partner, if she is still sexually active.
Erectile Dysfunction can be caused many other factors including:
- Thyroid related problems
- High cholesterol
- Stress and / or anxiety
- Alcohol Consumption
- High blood pressure.
This is a natural phenomena with age. Age related hair loss happens with women too. However, lower production of testosterone results in lesser hair growth. This was proved by a study where researchers did a hormone replacement therapy for men and women and noticed significant hair growth.
Reduced Bone Mass:
Lower testosterone levels decreases the strength of bones and their volume. This makes bones weak and they can break easily.
Smaller Testicle size:
The size of scrotum reduces and this can be noticed by the man on careful observation. The scrotal sack also feels soft than usual.
Lower semen levels:
Lower testosterone = lower levels of semen produced. Very low testosterone leads to infertility because, if not enough semen is produced, the sperms will not be able to swim to the egg to fertilize it.
Problems with sleep:
Men may find problems to fall asleep or stay asleep. With low testosterone levels, some men may experience sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea is a condition where a person stops breathing temporarily and this results in disruption of sleep.
Other symptoms of low testosterone may include:
Low libido or sex drive, lower energy levels, increase in body fat and changes in mood / mood swings
When should you see a sexologist or a sex specialist?
If you are not aged and feel that your sex drive has decreased, if your semen volume is lower than usual (check with an interval of 3 days), if your erections are not strong enough or if you are not able to have sustained erections, you must see a sexologist, preferably the best sexologist near you. Otherwise, this may ruin your personal and professional life too.
Treatment options for low testosterone levels:
TRT – Testosterone Replacement Therapy is the most common treatment for low testosterone levels. Our sexologist typically suggests this method only when there are multiple symptoms due to low testosterone levels. Testosterone serum tests and blood tests may be performed before adopting this treatment procedure.
How is testosterone delivered into a man’s body?
- Skin patches – A patch will be applied on the skin and the skin absorbs the testosterone into the body.
- Tablets that dissolve in mouth
- Surgical implants that release the hormone into the body.
Relief from symptoms can be noticed with in 6 weeks time. However, you must not self advocate any of these therapies to increase your testosterone levels. Abuse of testosterone hormone can cause more damage to your body, fertility and testicles than you may expect.