Overview of Testosterone Deficiency
Hypogonadism, or a deficiency of testosterone, as it is most commonly addressed, is a condition that can affect as many as 8 million men in the US, alone. For some, it is present from the time of their birth while others experience an onset later in life. This decline can be a result of illness, injury, or even nature.
It is widely accepted in the medical community that male and female testosterone levels decline as a person ages, most often beginning around the age of thirty for men and during menopause for women. The decline, especially in men, is a slow and gradual process – ranging anywhere from 1 to 2 percent each year. Most people never even notice any change at all until the reach their fifties.
Most males do not detect any change at all as this reduction occurs. Their bodies adjust to the slight change and life goes on. There are some complications or effects of testosterone deficiency that can interfere with natural physiological functions, and when this occurs, medical intervention may become necessary.
Women, who often experience symptoms associated with menopause, may also be diagnosed with Low T, as it is often called. They, too, require bioidentical supplementation to combat the sometimes debilitating and always unpleasant side effects that this change in life can bring.
HRT – hormone replacement therapy – doctors use blood analysis as the tool to measure testosterone levels in those individuals who are exhibiting signs that can be linked to a decline in the body’s production of testosterone.
What is Testosterone Deficiency?
The testosterone deficiency syndrome –hypogonadism in men – occurs when the testes no longer produce the amount of this hormone that is necessary to keep up with the body’s many demands. A small portion is also produced in the adrenal glands. Testosterone is more than a sex hormone. It also plays a role in metabolism, muscle growth, bone density, hair growth, mood, and energy levels.
Women will experience this decline when their ovaries and adrenal glands no longer keep up with the demands of their bodies’ needs for testosterone.
The normal aging pattern that people experience can create a primary cause for Low T. It has been shown that one out of every four men over the age of 75 is dealing with levels that are below normal. This could also account for the high incidence of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other related conditions that can go along with a decline in testosterone production in later years.
Testosterone Deficiency in Men
Testosterone deficiency in males can have a distressful impact on one’s sexual relations. When this “sex” hormone begins to decline, it can take powerful erections right along with it. In fact, there are a number of adverse issues that can stem from this situation, including:
- Loss of the morning erection
- Premature ejaculation
- Inability to achieve or maintain an erection
- Decreased desire
- Lack of arousal
- Reduced endurance
- Inability to reach orgasm
- Decreased pleasure
The adverse effects of testosterone deficiency in men do not stop with the libido. There are additional symptoms that can interfere with daily life, such as the following:
- Decreased energy
- Weight gain
- Loss of lean muscle mass and strength
- Reduced bone density
- Physical stiffness and joint pains
- Loss of hair from head and body
- Insomnia or other sleep concerns
- Irritability and mood changes
- High cholesterol
- Impaired cognitive functions, memory, and focus
In addition to these issues, many men dealing with low levels of testosterone find that they no longer have the drive they did in their younger days. Their motivation is reduced, and productivity at work may suffer. Some turn away from all social events and isolate themselves – never realizing that Low T may be the cause.
Testosterone Deficiency in Women
It may seem strange to some people to discuss the subject of testosterone deficiency in females, but this hormone is responsible for giving women their sex drive. A decline in its production can often be the cause of the vaginal dryness that goes along with menopause, making intercourse uncomfortable and even painful for many females.
Male testosterone deficiency is somewhat different from how a female experiences this hormonal decline. In the first case, women secrete this vital substance from their ovaries, and in part, their adrenal glands. During menopause, there are many fluctuations that occur in a woman’s body, and although estrogen replacement has long been the first line of defense by gynecologists, testosterone treatments are becoming more widely recognized as a safer and more effective alternative.
Menopause often brings with it the following symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Hair loss or thinning
- Moodiness and depression
- Memory loss and mental fatigue
- Decreasing muscle tone
- Reduced bone density and an increased risk of developing osteoporosis
- Poor sleep
- High cholesterol
- Reduced sex drive
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
Blood testing for testosterone deficiency in women will help determine which, if any, crucial hormones are in decline so that the HRT doctor can prepare the best course of action to help reverse these symptoms.
Remedies for Testosterone Deficiency
The answer to how to improve testosterone deficiency symptoms begins with the diagnostic process. This will help a doctor to prescribe the proper remedy – treatment – to put an end to the unpleasant symptoms that often accompany this physiological change.
The most widely used form of treatment for men is an injectable form of testosterone cypionate. That has been shown to get the best results at an affordable cost. The HRT specialist will prescribe this medication in a dosage and frequency that is customized for each individual.
Women naturally have a much lower level of testosterone in their bodies, and as such, need a lower dosage of supplementation. For that reason, a cream form of this medication is most typically provided for use.
For those who are not yet at the point where treatment is required, but are facing a decline in their production of testosterone, it is recommended to take the following steps to try and increase production naturally:
- Engage in regular high-intensity exercise
- Get eight hours of sleep each night
- Lose weight
- Eliminate sugar
- Reduce stress
- Increase intake of zinc
- Get more vitamin D
- Consume heart-healthy fats
If these changes do not have any impact on the situation at hand, the HRT specialist may need to prescribe bioidentical supplementation with testosterone therapy.
How Do I Find Out If I Have a Testosterone Deficiency?
The easiest and quickest way of finding out if a person has a testosterone hormone deficiency is by contacting a doctor who specializes in hormone replacement. These medical professionals understand the symptoms associated with various declines that can be taking place in the body. They will use these changes as a way of ordering, and then comparing blood test results to the findings of a physical examination to determine if some form of treatment is required.
Low T does not go away on its own. It is not a cold or virus that will run its course. A decline in testosterone production will only continue to worsen with each passing year until some type of action is taken.
At National HRT®, our medical team will work closely with you to diagnose and treat low testosterone levels. Contact our staff for your free consultation.