What Are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?

Low testosterone, sometimes called low-T or hypogonadism, is a very common condition that affects millions of men in the U.S. It can occur at any point in life, although it is more prevalent among men 45 and older than in younger age groups. If you suspect you might have a testosterone deficiency, this post may help you spot some of the symptoms.

How Is Low-T Diagnosed?

As with any medical condition, low testosterone needs to be diagnosed accurately and appropriately so that you can take proper steps to treat the condition and adjust to it. Hypogonadism requires a blood test for diagnosis. You may need to be tested several times because testosterone levels can fluctuate and give different readings at different times of the day. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the highest testosterone levels occur around 8 a.m., so tests are often done around that time.

Spotting the Physical Signs of Low Testosterone

The symptoms of hypogonadism usually differ depending on when the person first began to be affected. The three times when hypogonadism develops are during fetal growth, before puberty, or in adulthood. Let’s look at the symptoms that may occur in all three, using information from the Mayo Clinic.

Mental and Emotional Symptoms of Low-T

As men age and the production of testosterone decreases, it is quite common for men to experience non-physical symptoms that are often like those shown by women who are menopausal. These could include:

Hormone Treatment Can Help

Many men benefit from testosterone replacement therapy, which is something we specialize in at Balance Hormone Center. The correct therapy often restores adult men’s testosterone to normal levels, at least for a period of time (remember, testosterone production naturally drops off beginning around the age of 30, by about 1 percent a year).

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