Testosterone production naturally decreases as a man ages. However, there are times when the drop in production can be attributed to medical conditions or genetic predispositions. Regardless of the reason, the fact is that low testosterone levels affect men adversely… and those problems get worse when the condition isn’t treated promptly.
Fortunately, the warning signs associated with low testosterone aren’t very difficult to spot, although they can be a little subtle. If you notice any of the signs below, you may need to consult your doctor to see if testosterone replacement therapy in San Diego is necessary:
Seeing as testosterone is a “sex hormone”, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that low testosterone will affect a man’s performance in bed. An article from Healthline elaborates:
“As men age, most of them experience a decline in sex drive to varying degrees. However, someone with low T will likely experience a more drastic drop in his desire to have sex—which is often noticed by him or his partner. During sex, low levels of testosterone can also make it difficult to achieve an orgasm.
Testosterone stimulates a man’s sex drive—and it also aids in achieving an erection. Testosterone alone doesn’t cause an erection, but it stimulates receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide—a molecule that helps trigger an erection.”
Aside from the symptoms mentioned above, many men who have been diagnosed with low testosterone claim they have a general “numbness” in their genitals. They say that they no longer react to being touched in that area like they used to.
Of course, testosterone does more than just affect the sex drive of a man. Testosterone is a key component in hair growth. Men with low testosterone levels tend to have thinner hair than they once did. Eventually, thinning hair paves the way for male pattern baldness.
Loss of Muscle Mass
Testosterone is also responsible for the building of muscle mass. Insufficient testosterone levels can force muscles to loss their mass. Of course, the muscles are still there, but they are no longer as big or as toned as they used to be. In such cases, even increasing the intensity of one’s workouts do nothing to help build muscle back up to what it once was.
If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms, do not immediately assume it is caused by low testosterone. Be sure to see a San Diego testosterone therapy expert, like one from Total T Clinic, to have your testosterone levels checked via bloodwork. Only after low testosterone is confirmed should you consider undergoing treatment.
(Source: 9 Warning Signs of Low Testosterone; Healthline; January 25, 2013)