5 Signs You Should Consider Testosterone Therapy
Posted by: Men's Health Boston in Testosterone on May 17, 2021
Has it been a while since you felt like yourself? Maybe you’ve started to wonder why you’re always so tired and grumpy.
Is it just an age thing? Does everyone start to feel this way as they reach a certain point in their life?
Although age could be a factor, it’s worth talking to your doctor about why you may feel this way. You may benefit from testosterone therapy. Keep reading to learn more about how testosterone therapy can help you!
What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone in the human body produced by the testicles in males and the ovaries in females. Although both males and females carry the testosterone hormone, the man’s body has a much higher testosterone level than a woman’s. Like most hormones, they cycle during your lifetime, and testosterone increases during puberty in men and begins to decrease around the age of thirty.
Because of the higher testosterone level in men, they tend to have more facial and body hair, muscle strength, and a deeper voice. Testosterone also helps strengthen bones and increase muscle mass. Testosterone also increases a man’s sex drive and overall stamina and erectile function.
Testosterone plays a vital role in sperm production and therefore can lead to a higher sperm count, which plays a primary role in male fertility. Lastly, having healthy testosterone levels affects your overall mood, your ability to stay focused and motivated.
Because testosterone plays such a vital role in the male body, having low testosterone can lead to infertility issues, decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, decrease in muscle tone and muscle mass, weight gain, brain fog or the inability to stay focused, and weaker bones.
Testosterone therapy might be a good option for you if you’ve experienced any of the following:
1. You’re not often in the mood
Your sex drive may be affected because the low testosterone levels in your body are wreaking havoc on your libido.
2. Your hair is thinning or falling out
This is a common symptom of low testosterone and can affect both men and women. It’s not unusual for your hair to become thin as you age, but getting your testosterone levels evened out can help slow it down and even stop this from happening.
3. You have erectile dysfunction (ED)
ED can occur because of stress or an injury, but it can also be a direct result of low testosterone. If left untreated, ED can affect much more than just getting and maintaining an erection. Erectile dysfunction can also affect your mental well-being and affect your relationship.
4. You often feel distracted and irritable
Is it hard to concentrate on your work? Do you feel like your mind is wandering and it’s hard to focus?
Low testosterone can affect your mood, causing you to feel distracted, unsettled, sad, and even distant from those you love. If left untreated, it can significantly affect your well-being and self-esteem.
5. You get tired quickly
As you age, it’s natural to expect that you won’t have as much stamina or energy as you once did. But if you’re noticing that you appear to be losing muscle and you’re tired all of the time, then it may have something to do with your testosterone level.
There are many options for testosterone therapy, including injections, implantable pellets, gels, and even pills. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment is right for you.
Are you concerned that you may have low testosterone? Schedule an appointment at Men’s Health Boston with one of our providers to discuss what treatment is best for you and get back to feeling like yourself!