Signs You May Have a Testosterone Deficiency and What You Can Do About It

Suffering from low testosterone? We have solutions.

It’s normal for men to produce less testosterone as they age, but having a testosterone deficiency at any age can leave you feeling frustrated and dealing with both physical and emotional changes.

 

At Taylor Family Practice, Jill Taylor, DO, takes a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating low testosterone levels based on your individual symptoms. Here, Dr. Taylor shares some signs that indicate you may have a testosterone deficiency and what you can do about it.

The role of testosterone

At each stage of life, testosterone plays a role in male development. During puberty, this hormone is responsible for the growth and maturity of male sexual characteristics, physically and behaviorally.

Testosterone regulates bone and muscle mass, red blood cell production, and fat distribution. It’s also responsible for sperm production and the growth of body hair. Testosterone helps your body burn fat efficiently, too.

Low testosterone can negatively affect your reproductive system

Symptoms of low testosterone vary depending on what age you experience them. As an adult, low testosterone — also called hypogonadism or low T — may be most noticeable as it affects your reproductive system. Naturally declining testosterone levels don’t necessarily cause problems, but when your levels drop below normal, that’s when you begin to notice obvious physical differences.

For example, you may experience changes in your sex life such as:

Additionally, your testicles may become smaller, and lean muscle mass all over your body tends to diminish. You might also experience hair loss on your head, face, and body. Increased body fat is another common symptom of low testosterone.

Male menopause?

Other signs that you have hypogonadism appear as symptoms similar to the ones women experience during menopause. In addition to a lower sex drive, you may also experience hot flashes, trouble concentrating, and fatigue. Some men also lose bone mass, which can lead to osteoporosis.

Mood changes, insomnia, and depression are common signs of low testosterone, too. In most cases, a natural decrease in testosterone leads to a gradual progression of symptoms. But if your testosterone level drops dramatically, you may experience more sudden, intense physical and emotional issues.

A simple blood test can determine if your testosterone level is below the normal range of 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL).

Uncover the underlying cause of low T

There are a few different ways to boost your testosterone levels and minimize the unpleasant symptoms that interfere with your life. Because low T can be a sign of a separate underlying condition, such as obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid problems, or diabetes, Dr. Taylor conducts comprehensive testing and health evaluations so she can determine the root causes of your low testosterone level.

She recommends appropriate treatments for these conditions, as well, so you can improve the function of every system in your body.

Take a natural approach to testosterone deficiencies

If you do need to supplement declining hormones, Dr. Taylor takes a natural approach to hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormones are those that come from plants, rather than ones that are manufactured from synthetic ingredients. Bioidentical hormones most closely match the hormones your body produces, so they are highly effective on a cellular level.

Bioidentical testosterone therapy comes in the form of oral supplements, pellets, injections, and topical creams. Dr. Taylor customizes your dose to maximize benefits and minimize any side effects you may experience, although side effects are less common with natural hormone therapy than they are with synthetic hormones.

Bioidentical hormone therapy can help decrease hot flashes, help you sleep better, and increase your sex drive. It also helps restore muscle strength, prevent bone loss, and increase your energy levels. Returning your testosterone level to normal may help with erectile function, too, and increase your overall sense of well-being.

You don’t have to suffer through the anguish and physical changes of a testosterone deficiency. To learn more, call our Humble, Texas, office or book online to take the first step toward feeling like yourself again.

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