How Do I Know If I Have Low Testosterone?
Testosterone is what makes a man, well, manly.
It propels sex drive, directs male-pattern hair growth, and helps build muscle mass.
However, if testosterone levels fall too low, you may develop concerning side effects that may not attract a woman’s eye at the gym.
Staying on top of your health and good looks means keeping an eye on your testosterone and recognizing the symptoms of low T.
What Is Testosterone, and What Does It Do?
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and is produced in the testes. In addition to maintaining libido and ensuring sperm production, testosterone is also responsible for the following:
- Development of male sex organs
- Deepening the voice during puberty
- Growth of facial and pubic hair
- Muscle size and strength
- Bone growth and strength
Though testosterone is responsible for masculine characteristics, the hormone is also produced in women and is essential for female health. Women produce testosterone in the ovaries and adrenal glands, and it affects:
- Ovarian function
- Bone strength
- Sexual behavior
Regulated testosterone levels in both men and women are essential for a healthy body.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Testosterone naturally decreases with age. Men’s testosterone levels begin to drop by about 1% per year after age 30. However, for some men, levels drop faster and cause uncomfortable symptoms.
1. Sexual Uncertainty
Since testosterone is responsible for libido and sperm production, a sharp decrease in the hormone can lead to sexual frustration. Low T decreases libido and makes it hard to achieve and maintain an erection.
2. Hot Flashes
Hot flashes, or sudden sensations of warmth, can indicate low testosterone. Heavy sweating and reddening skin may also be key indicators.
3. Decreased Muscle and Bone Mass
Testosterone aids the body in building muscle, and muscle mass may decrease with hormone loss. Testosterone also helps produce and strengthen your bones. Those with low T may be more likely to break or fracture bones.
4. Mood Changes and Cognitive Decline
Since testosterone plays a crucial role in many bodily functions, it’s no surprise that low T can alter mood and mental ability.
Can You Treat Low Testosterone?
Low T is easily treated through Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).
TRT treats your body’s hormone imbalance and restores youthful levels of testosterone.
In addition to counteracting the symptoms of low T, TRT has many other benefits:
- Increased energy
- Weight loss
- Elevated mood
- Restful sleep
- Increased focus
To qualify for TRT, patients must take a blood test and show symptoms of low T. The normal range for testosterone in the blood is 300-1,000 nanograms/deciliter. A diagnosis and treatment are expected if hormone levels are below this range.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy has several treatment options:
- Injections: Injections are administered directly into the muscle so that the hormone can enter the bloodstream quickly. This is usually the least expensive option; however, testosterone levels can fluctuate between doses.
- Gels or patches: These are placed on the skin, and as the gel is absorbed, testosterone is slowly released into the blood. Gels and patches are applied daily, providing your body with a consistent testosterone level.
- Tablets: These are placed on the gums above the incisors twice a day. As the tablet dissolves, it releases testosterone. Side effects may include a sore mouth and gums or headaches.
TRT with PeakPerforMAX Can Reverse Low Testosterone
With PeakPerforMAX, treating low T with TRT is easy and can be done from the comfort of your home.
During your virtual appointment, our certified doctors will review your medical history, conduct a physical exam, and order a blood test – all of which will set you on your way to achieving your health goals.
With your holistic health in min, PeakPerforMAX creates a personalized program to receive your symptoms of hormone imbalance.