For Men – 4 Top Tips To Recognise Low Testosterone Levels
Hormone changes are a natural part of aging. Unlike the more dramatic reproductive hormone plunge that occurs in women during menopause, however, s*x hormone changes in men occur gradually — over a period of many years. Some men have a lower than normal testosterone level without signs or symptoms. For others, low testosterone might cause:
1. Changes in s*xual function. This might include erectile dysfunction, reduced s*xual desire, fewer spontaneous erections — such as during sleep — and infertility. Your testes might become smaller as well.
2. Changes in sleep patterns. Sometimes low testosterone causes sleep disturbances, such as insomnia, or increased sleepiness.
3. Physical changes. Various physical changes are possible, including increased body fat; reduced muscle bulk, strength and endurance; and decreased bone density. Swollen or tender br**sts (gynecomastia) and loss of body hair are possible. Rarely, you might experience hot flashes and have less energy.
4. Emotional changes. Low testosterone might contribute to a decrease in motivation or self-confidence. You might feel sad or depressed, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.
It’s important to note that some of these signs and symptoms are a normal part of aging. Others can be caused by various underlying factors, including medication side effects, thyroid problems, depression and excessive alcohol use. A blood test is the only way to diagnose a low testosterone level or a reduction in the bioavailability of testosterone.