Low Testosterone Levels in Men and Women
It does not matter if it is a woman or a man dealing with low testosterone levels; the symptoms are still bothersome enough to have a negative impact on daily life. Testosterone may be considered the male sex hormone, and belongs to a family of androgens. However, its impact on the way a woman looks and feels is every bit as important as what it does for a man.
Yes, low testosterone can become a big problem in more ways than one. The first thought that often comes to mind is low libido, and this is very true for both genders. As important as estrogen and other “female” sex hormones are (for women and men alike), testosterone is what stimulates a female’s sex drive. See, men are not the only ones who require a plentiful supply of testosterone in order to feel amorous.
This is just the beginning of the impact this vital hormone has on our lives. Without testosterone, a person’s bones and muscles will become weak. Energy levels will begin to wane. Body and head hair may start to thin out and disappear. Even memory and cognitive functions rely on some signals that they receive from testosterone in order to work at optimum performance. In other words, low testosterone levels in men and women can have a drastic impact on daily life.
A person may find him, or herself gaining weight, dealing with high cholesterol, and worried about heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia, and obesity. Next to human growth hormone, testosterone decline may have the biggest impact on our lives. As we explore the answer to what is a low testosterone level, a clearer understanding of the changes taking place in your body might provide insight into how to reverse the symptoms that are present.
What is a Low Testosterone Level?
Low testosterone levels are frustrating. They do not always appear in each person in the same way, making it hard for some doctors to diagnose – especially in women. That is why it is always best to contact a hormone replacement therapy specialist for help in the diagnostic and treatment process regarding Low T.
Part of the problem we face is that there is no set consensus as to what is considered low testosterone levels. Here are some guidelines to follow regarding this subject:
- The normal testosterone range for men is considered anywhere from 270 to 1070 ng/dL, although different labs will have slightly different ratings. Some consider 300 to be at the bottom of the spectrum. The average is 679 ng/dL.
- The normal range of testosterone for women is between 15 and 70 ng/dL.
- Some studies have shown that anything under 550 ng/dL in men can cause bothersome problems and that this is an ideal point to raise male testosterone levels up to during treatment for Low T.
A person can actually be at the lowest end of the testosterone level spectrum and not have any of the symptoms associated with Low T, and, conversely, a man could be hovering around 350 ng/dL and be suffering from all of the effects listed in the next section. That is why it is crucial to let an expert interpret blood test results and diagnose this condition.
How to Understand if You Have Low Testosterone Levels?
The best way to understand if Low T is an issue in your life is to separate out the symptoms by gender. Although many of these changes are gender neutral, it helps to have an exact image of what to expect when testosterone levels begin to decline.
Since this is typically thought of as the male sex hormone, we are going to start out by discussing the effects of a low testosterone level in men. Remember that not all men may notice all of the symptoms listed below, but Low T will bring at least some of them to the surface.
Symptoms of low testosterone in men include:
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Problems with focus, memory, brain functions
- Muscle loss and weakness
- Joint pains, stiffness, and decreased bone density
- High triglyceride and cholesterol levels
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Hair loss from head and body
- Hair growth in strange places
- Increased breast tissue
- Depression, anger, frustration, sadness, or other mood changes
- Decreased drive and productivity
- Social isolation
- Poor stamina
- Decreased fertility
- Anemia due to reduced red blood cell production
Symptoms of low testosterone in women include the following:
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Lack of energy and stamina
- Hair loss or thinning
- Social isolation
- Decreased drive and motivation
- Memory loss and reduced concentration
- Osteoporosis and decreased bone density
- Loss of lean muscle mass
- Elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Poor sleep
If a man waits until he starts noticing problems with his erection, although he is already dealing with many of the other symptoms listed here, he could be putting off receiving valuable treatment for many years. There is no set order in which these symptoms will appear. That is why it is essential to be familiar with all the signs of low testosterone levels.
It may seem as though a female’s symptoms are the same as when facing menopause, and this is when the biggest decline in testosterone production takes place. In fact, many HRT specialists are using testosterone therapy rather than estrogen replacement as the optimum way of counteracting these changes. Testosterone does not carry the dangerous risks that estrogen can bring.
What To Do with Low Testosterone Levels?
The good news is that there is an easy way to raise low testosterone levels back up to a mid-normal range for optimum health and well-being. Hormone replacement specialists provide proper diagnostic blood testing to determine who is a candidate for testosterone treatment.
If Low T is diagnosed, the doctor will determine which type of treatment option will offer the individual the finest results. In the majority of cases, a man will see superior benefits from testosterone injections in the dosage and frequency of treatment that has been individually created for his personal use. Not only do these injections provide excellent results, but they are also the most affordable method of reversing Low T in men.
Women who need to improve their testosterone levels will find that a specially compounded cream is the best option for their needs. Injectables are not often used because the dosing is most often much higher than needed by a woman. Refer to the section on “What is a Low Testosterone Level” to understand the much greater needs of a male over those of a female.
At National HRT, our doctors and entire medical team understand the needs of the client as an individual – one who is dealing with hormonal imbalance or deficiency in a unique way. That is why all treatment plans are customized on a person by person basis.
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