How Low Testosterone Affects Your Life

Testosterone is the main male hormone that shows up during puberty and helps give you the traits that make you male. However, testosterone can become too low, which leads to unpleasant symptoms if it's not treated. Although scary, low testosterone is completely treatable.

At the Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Centers of Texas, our team helps you get your hormone levels back to where they should be. Dr. Ashkan Michael Zand is our endocrinology specialist who gets you through a diagnosis of low testosterone by getting you the helpful treatment that you need.

What is testosterone?

Your body produces many different hormones, which help you develop normally. One of the main hormones in men is known as testosterone. This hormone is a sex hormone, and is produced in the testicles.

Testosterone is responsible for sperm production in men, along with the development of your bones and muscles. This hormone aids in sexual development as well as the key features of a man’s appearance.

The normal range of testosterone in men is between 300 and 1000 ng/dl, and fluctuates depending on the stage of your life you’re in. However, the older you get, the less your body continues to produce testosterone. 

But there are other reasons that you might be low in testosterone, including several medical conditions. Some of these other causes include:

While some of the causes of low testosterone are controllable, some of these conditions are unfortunately unavoidable. If you do have controllable causes of low testosterone, Dr. Zand helps you get your condition under control. 

Signs of a testosterone deficiency

To test your levels of testosterone, Dr. Zand orders a blood test. This gives him the level of serum testosterone that’s in your body. If it’s below 300, you may be suffering from a testosterone deficiency. However, there are warning signs you can look for, and they include:

You may also experience erectile dysfunction with severe low testosterone levels. This can lead to other problems with your sex life, and depression as well. Because testosterone is also needed for sperm production, a low level can also affect male fertility.

Another sign of low testosterone is feeling less energized, which goes hand-in-hand with more fatigue than normal. However, it can also make it difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep during the night.

Testosterone plays a very important role in your body, so when it’s lower than it should be, it really takes a toll on your whole life. But not to worry, there are treatments that can help get your testosterone back on track. 

Can you treat low testosterone?

Even if you have low testosterone, you don’t have to worry. This condition is treatable by a variety of hormone replacement therapies. Testosterone replacement comes in a variety of different forms, which include:

Each form has its own pros and cons, so it’s important for you to discuss each option with Dr. Zand before you make a choice. The dosing is reliant on the results of your bloodwork and your symptoms.

If you’re dealing with symptoms of low testosterone, call one of our three conveniently located offices today at 281-784-9223, or you can book an appointment on our website. 

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