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10 Signs of Low Testosterone

Testosterone is a hormone produced by men and women that has a variety of important functions. It plays an extremely vital role in male development from deepening the voice to controlling the growth of body hair, facial hair and muscle mass. Testosterone also continues to be a key hormone long after men have fully developed.

Man who is struggling with his low testosterone symptoms

However, when men suffer from low testosterone it can have serious and damaging impacts on their physical and mental well being. As men grow older their testosterone levels will gradually decrease, but low testosterone can have more serious causes, such as hypogonadism.

Hypogonadism is a condition where the sex glands produce little to no sex hormones. When men suffer from hypogonadism the testes, responsible for the production of testosterone, do not produce normal, healthy amounts of testosterone. This can lead to a number of negative emotional and physical symptoms.

How do you know if you are suffering from low testosterone? Take a look at the following signs and symptoms of low T. If you believe you may be exhibiting symptoms of low testosterone, speak with your doctor about ways to improve your testosterone levels.

Decreased Libido

Testosterone plays a key role in sexual desire for both men and women. Those suffering from low testosterone may experience a dramatic decrease in their sex drive. Although men can have a gradual decline in libido as they grow older, men with low T will typically experience a more severe drop in sexual appetite.

Loss of Muscle Mass

Another common symptom of low testosterone is a loss of muscle mass. Testosterone helps maintain and build muscle. If you are living with low T, you may find that you are losing strength and muscle mass despite how much you workout.

Loss of Bone Density

Testosterone not only helps in the development of muscle mass, but also in the development of the bones. Low testosterone may lead to weaker bones and osteoporosis or thinning bone mass.

Men who have had low T for a long period of time may also notice a decrease in height as their bone density declines over time.

Loss of Body or Facial Hair

Testosterone is crucial in several areas of physical development, including the growth and development of body and facial hair. Some men with regular testosterone levels will experience balding with age, but men with low testosterone can experience an unnatural loss of body or facial hair as well.

Changes in Mood

Just as estrogen levels affect women’s moods, so does testosterone levels in men. Low T can cause men to experience depression, mood swings and can even cause problems with maintaining focus.

Erectile Dysfunction

One very common sign of low testosterone among men is erectile dysfunction. Testosterone is an important component in a man’s sex drive. Men with low T may find it difficult to achieve or maintain an erection.

It is important to note that low testosterone is not the only cause of erectile dysfunction. If you have been experiencing ED, be sure to check with your doctor to determine if low testosterone is the cause.

Decrease in Volume of Semen

As an important sexual hormone, testosterone helps in the production of semen. If you have noticed that your ejaculate has decreased in volume, this could be a sign of low testosterone.

Lack of Energy

Low testosterone has been shown to cause low levels of energy and fatigue. If you find that you have been feeling unusually tired and are having difficulty waking up in the morning, you could be showing signs of low testosterone.

Increased Body Fat

Body fat may increase in men with low T. A common problem reported by men with low testosterone is the development breasts. If you notice you have lost muscle mass in your chest and have begun to develop breasts, check with your doctor to see if you are suffering from low testosterone levels.

Smaller Testicles

Testosterone plays an important role in the growth of the penis and testicles. Men living with low testosterone have been known to experience a shrinking of the testicles or sometimes a numbness in the testicles. A decrease in the size of your testicles or penis could also be signs of hypogonadism.

Hypogonadism Clinical Trials

At Achieve Clinical Research, we are conducting clinical studies on hypogonadism. This research is vital in learning more about the causes of hypogonadism and allows us to test new treatments that will help people live a healthier, happier life.

Physician screens man for a hypogonadism in Birmingham, Alabama

If you would like to participate in a hypogonadism clinical trial, please give us a call at (205) 757-8208, or use the contact form on the right hand side of this page.

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