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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency?

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency?

December 2, 2020 testosterone

Testosterone deficiency is when your body is not producing enough testosterone. There can be several causes for a testosterone deficiency, but the most common reason for low testosterone is the steady decline in testosterone that occurs as men and women age.

Testosterone deficiency occurs when your body isn’t able to make enough testosterone. This can be a problem, because testosterone is a major hormone that regulates or influences many of the bodily processes that keep you strong and vital.

Age-related testosterone deficiency effects physical, emotional, and mental health. There are many specific signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency. However, generally speaking, the signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency include decreased sex drive, fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle and bone mass, and changes in mood.

Many of the signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency overlap between men and women.

A testosterone deficiency is when your body does not produce enough testosterone.

What Are the Causes of Testosterone Deficiency?

Several factors can contribute to a testosterone deficiency. Not getting enough exercise, doing the wrong kinds of exercise, a poor diet, metabolic conditions such as diabetes, can all lead to low testosterone. However, the most likely cause of testosterone deficiency is the normal drop in testosterone levels that occur as you age. By the time you are 40, your testosterone levels decline at a rate of about 1-2% per year. This can lead to the signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency.

Signs and Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency in Men

In men, testosterone deficiency impacts three major areas of life: your physical well-being, your emotional well-being, and your mental acuity. Below are some of the common and less common specific signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men.

Common Symptoms

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency and why they occur include:

Erectile Dysfunction

Testosterone is a precursor to the release of nitric oxide during sexual arousal, which starts several reactions that result in an erection.

Hair Loss

Men tend to lose hair as they age. While typical “male pattern baldness” is genetic, some hair loss can also be the result of age-related testosterone decline.

Reduced Bone Density

Testosterone helps to produce bone tissue and maintain bone mass and density.

Sleep Problems

Patients with low testosterone report difficulties in falling asleep or staying asleep. This could be because low T can lead to obesity, which can lead to sleep apnea.

Lowered Libido

Men with testosterone deficiency experience a decrease in sex drive or libido. One of the most common symptoms of low testosterone in men is a loss of interest in sex.

Loss of Lean Muscle

Testosterone plays a role in the development of muscle mass. Testosterone deficiency often results in significant loss of muscle mass.

Less Common Symptoms

Some of the less common, or rarer symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men can include:

  • Reduced testicle size
  • Reduced semen volume
  • Reduced or lack of beard growth
  • Breast development (gynecomastia)
  • Infertility

There are specific signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men.

Signs and Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency in Women

Common Symptoms

The most common symptoms of testosterone deficiency in women are related to menopausal symptoms, such as:

  • Hot Flashes
  • Night Sweats
  • Vaginal Dryness

We used to think that loss of estrogen was responsible for the hot flashes, night sweats and sexual health issues experienced by menopausal women. We now know that these and many of the debilitating symptoms of menopause, are more likely caused by testosterone deficiency in women.

Some of the other more common symptoms of testosterone deficiency in women are the same as in men, such as:

  • Decreased energy
  • Loss of bone density
  • Weight gain
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Loss of muscle/muscle weakness
  • Changes in mood
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Memory loss and other cognitive difficulties

Less Common

Some of the less common signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency in women include:

  • Increased “bad” cholesterol levels
  • Loss of red blood cells (anemia)
  • Decreased sexual satisfaction
  • Fertility issues
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Sluggishness

Some of the signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men and women are the same. There are also symptoms that are specific to women.

Now that you know a little bit more about the vital role that testosterone plays in men and women, and how to recognize the signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency, why not contact us today and learn more about the many life-changing benefits of testosterone therapy.

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