Symptoms of Low Testosterone Levels in Males and Females
It is quite possible that changes in libido, weight, muscle tone, memory, and mood are all related to a decline in the natural production of testosterone in both males and females, alike. Some medical experts have placed the approximate number of men in the US suffering from low testosterone at over 4 million. Doctors are also finally starting to realize the connection between menopausal women and Low T.
In many instances, the symptoms of low testosterone are not immediately recognizable, as busy adults tend to blame work obligations or family responsibilities for fatigue or a decline in sexual desire. While this may be the case in some situations, there are many individuals over thirty (the time when hormone levels may naturally begin to decline) who can attribute these changes to a drop in testosterone production.
The detailed signs and symptoms of low testosterone will be presented below – separated by gender – to allow each person the ability to understand what changes may be taking place in his or her body. Most people will not have every symptom, but rather a combination of a number of these changes. A higher severity may be a sign of a greater level of deficiency.
Symptoms of Low T in Men
The symptoms of low testosterone levels in males do not occur overnight. It is a slow and gradual process that can take years, or even decades before a man realizes that something is not right in his body. In frequent situations, the demands of normal daily life – work, family, lifestyle – are blamed for fatigue, weight gain, changes in physique, and emotional turmoil.
The cause of these issues may be misplaced if a man has not gotten a blood test for low testosterone. This simple test may provide the answers as to why a man is no longer fulfilling all of his obligations at work and at home. In fact, the symptoms of low testosterone in men can rob a man of his drive, motivation, productivity, sexual desire, performance, and enjoyment. He can become depressed and even start to isolate himself socially from others.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone in males? The list below shows what to be on the lookout for if Low T is present in one’s life:
- Decreased Energy – a decline in natural testosterone production has been shown to affect energy levels.
- Reduced Libido – sexual desire is typically decreased when testosterone levels are low.
- Erectile Dysfunction – an inability to achieve a strong erection, or maintain it for a desired period of time may be a sign of low testosterone.
- Depression and Mood Changes – a University of Washington in Seattle/Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System study showed that men dealing with Low T have a four times higher level of being diagnosed with depression.
- Decreased Muscle Mass and Strength – Lean muscle mass is partly regulated by the level of available testosterone in the body. Low T contributes to muscle shrinkage and loss of strength. If workouts are no longer producing the desired results, it may be time to check for Low T.
- Loss of Height – testosterone plays a role in maintaining bone density in later years, and a decline can lead to shrinkage in height and possibly osteoporosis.
- Sleep Issues – Many men complain about insomnia and other sleep issues when dealing with the symptoms of low testosterone in males.
- Loss of Pleasure and Weak Erections – Low T helps to maintain a strong erection and powerful orgasms. Changes in this area could be due to this hormonal decline.
- Shrinking and Numbness of Testicles – some men report numbness and size shrinkage of their testicles.
- Decreased Ejaculation – the amount of fluid ejaculated often decreases as one of the symptoms of low testosterone levels.
- Mental Decline – difficulty concentrating, poor memory, and decreased cognitive functions are possible.
- Weight Gain – at the same time that lean body mass decreases, body fat mass increases. This tends to show up as a higher amount of stored belly fat.
- Hair Changes – this can show up as loss of hair from body or head, or as an increase of hair in strange places.
- Other Health Concerns – Men who have been previously diagnosed with heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and thyroid issues are often also found to be testosterone deficient.
Women Symptoms of Low T
In many cases, a woman may notice her changes coming on more rapidly than those of her male counterpart. This is because women experience a natural change of life associated with middle age.
Some of the symptoms of low testosterone in women are similar to those that men are dealing with as they age. These include:
- Hair Loss
- Weight Gain
- Loss of Muscle and Bone Density
- Depression, Anxiety, and Mood Changes
- Low Libido
- Poor Sleep
- Concentration and Memory Issues
Low T can be extremely difficult for a woman, especially since most doctors do not automatically look for this condition as the cause of changes that are present. Low testosterone symptoms in women most often occur during menopause, or after a woman has undergone surgical removal of her uterus and/or ovaries.
Gender specific symptoms of low testosterone in females include the following:
- Vaginal Dryness
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
It is important to point out that all signs associated with menopause may be attributed to a decline in testosterone production. This treatment is considered to be much safer than more traditional estrogen replacement therapy.
Low Testosterone Levels Treatment
There is a safe method of treatment available for both men and women dealing with the physical symptoms of low testosterone. Although the various forms of Low T therapy may be different, they are equally as effective at reversing the undesirable changes taking place in the body.
The best form of treatment for Low T symptoms in men is an injectable form of testosterone. At National HRT, our doctors typically prescribe testosterone cypionate for men dealing with the undesirable changes affecting their lives. This course of treatment will be customized based on each man’s personal needs. There are times when the doctor may prescribe testosterone enanthate, instead, or in combination with testosterone cypionate. The medical hormone replacement specialist at our clinic will discuss the prescribed treatment with each person.
Women dealing with low testosterone symptoms are typically prescribed a testosterone cream that is rubbed into a tiny spot on the upper arm. The lower testosterone needs of a woman make injections unnecessary for most females.
Contact National HRT for a free consultation to discuss your personal situation.