Top Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Today, I want to talk to you about the symptoms of testosterone. This will be part one of a three-part series we’re going to talk about. But we really need to start from the beginning because, really, when people are trying to decide whether they have low testosterone or not, they’re trying to figure out what are those symptoms.
By Dr. Lovett, Director of YWC
The Most Common Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Let’s start with three of the most common symptoms of low testosterone we see: if you have either decreased libido, showing signs of erectile dysfunction, or you find yourself with a lot less energy than you used to. For the libido and erectile dysfunction, either of those two can actually be signs by themselves of low testosterone. In addition, if you have any of the following in truly any combination: a lack of energy, decreased strength and endurance, or you have loss of height.
Beyond these, maybe you’ve noticed you’re getting a little bit less enjoyment out of life. Perhaps you’ve been a bit sad or grumpy. Interestingly, depression is directly linked to having low testosterone- so if you’re showing signs, it might be worth it to have your levels checked just to see!
If you’ve noticed recent deterioration in your ability to play sports. Maybe you’re falling asleep after dinner or when you come home from work- i.e. you feel like you need to take a nap. Really any recent deterioration, either at home life or even work-life performance, can be seen as a symptom of low testosterone. These are all the symptoms of low testosterone that one could expect to see.
Here’s an easier list for you to refer back to you:
- Decreased libido
- Loss of energy or focus
- Decreased muscle mass or endurance
- Lack of sleep (or poor sleep)
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Depression or anxiety or other changes in mood
- Inability to lose weight or gain muscle
- Hot flashes/night sweats
- Osteoporosis or other joint pain
- Brain fog
The difference between men & women?
Many times when people come to our office, really they’re here because they have low energy, libido, or for men- low erection strength. Women obviously don’t experience the latter, but they can have all of the other symptoms of low testosterone we’ve listed above. When it comes down to men and women, the cases can look very similar.
It used to be thought that women can’t have low testosterone. We find that that to be wrong on a daily basis. In fact, we have many women who I sometimes look at wondering how they even get out of bed in the morning because their testosterone levels are so low.
Our focus in this series is really to educate men on testosterone and its affects on their body, but we thought this an important point to bring up. As this could affect those in a relationship. Even those that see other friends or family experiencing these symptoms. You can read more about the effects of low testosterone in women by clicking here.
Pay Attention to Your Body
It sounds simple, but you really just have to listen and pay attention to your body. Some of these symptoms–decreased libido, erection strength, energy, muscle mass, loss of body height–may be gradual and hard to notice. Especially that last one with losing height, which is a sign of low testosterone as we age.
Pay attention to your overall enjoyment in life: are you sad or are you grumpy? Then look at your deterioration physically. Maybe you play tennis once or twice a week and you’re noticing that your strength or endurance is just not as good as it once was. Are you always falling asleep or extremely fatigued, especially in the afternoon and evenings?
Again, all of these are symptoms of low testosterone and they won’t always jump out at you one day to the next. So keep in the practice of actively listening to how your body is reacting to the world around you and how things are changing.
What should you do if you’re noticing symptoms?
If you’re noticing any of the above symptoms, the best thing you can do is to have your levels tested. That way we can see where your levels truly sit and potentially reveal some other issues we can help with. To get started and have your levels checked, fill out our initial consultation form here. We’ll be in touch within 24-48 hours during our regular business hours. If you have any questions, be sure to give us a call at (513)-791-9474.
Be sure to check out Part 2 of this series! We’ll be breaking down how exactly we can treat these signs and symptoms of low testosterone.
I will be very specific about some of the things we do. We are very individualized in our approach. Our providers don’t look at everyone as the same person. There’s now some kind of algorithm we use to treat you. Understand that we’re going to look at this as an individual as best I can, but for more specific answers, scheduling a consultation with us is always best. See you over on Part 2 of our testosterone series!
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