Testosterone, often called the male hormone, is responsible for regulating many different male characteristics in the body. It’s created in the testicles and affects sexual function, muscle bulk, and more.
Testosterone levels naturally begin declining after the age of 30. But a testosterone deficiency can cause a range of unpleasant side effects that range from weight gain and muscle loss to erectile dysfunction and low libido.
Whatever symptoms you experience with low testosterone levels, the result can be feeling less than your best. Dr. Eugene C. Rajaratnam, MD and the team at our locations in Palm Desert and Lancaster, California, understand the impact low testosterone can have on your life.
Find out if these five symptoms you’re living with could be a sign of testosterone deficiency, and partner with Dr. Rajaratnam to find a solution for low testosterone that fits your lifestyle.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that’s often related to testosterone deficiency. ED is a complicated condition with many factors, and testosterone is a major hormone that influences sexual performance because it stimulates receptors in the brain during arousal.
If you have ED, it’s difficult or impossible to achieve and maintain an erection that’s strong enough for sexual intercourse. ED not only makes sex challengeing, but it also can affect your personal relationships and your self-confidence.
2. Low sex drive
Along with ED, low sex drive is linked to testosterone deficiency. It’s common to experience a gradual decline in libido with age, but a sharp drop in sex drive could indicate low testosterone.
Low testosterone can cause you to experience disinterest in sex. Additionally, men with testosterone deficiency might notice a decrease in semen volume with ejaculation or a change in the size of their testicles.
Fatigue is chronic tiredness, even when you’re getting enough sleep. Testosterone affects your energy levels, and testosterone deficiency can leave you feeling depleted. If you struggle to find the energy to exercise or get out of bed in the morning, it could be fatigue caused by testosterone deficiency.
4. Mood changes
Lower levels of testosterone can make you feel moodier than usual. Men with low testosterone are more likely to feel irritable and suffer mood swings. In some cases, testosterone deficiency can be linked to feelings of depression.
5. Decreased muscle mass
Testosterone levels influence muscle building within the body. When you have lower testosterone, you might notice decreasing muscle mass. Muscle mass that’s lost due to testosterone deficiency may not affect your strength, but will impact bulk.
Many men notice increasing body fat along with decreased muscle mass. Lower testosterone levels can trigger more fat storage, even leading to enlarged breast tissue.
Decreasing testosterone is normal with age, but you don’t have to settle for feeling less than your best. Dr. Rajaratnam offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men bothered by the symptoms of testosterone deficiency.
He will diagnose testosterone deficiency with a comprehensive physical exam. Depending on your unique symptoms, he may recommend hormone therapy to enhance your quality of life and help you feel like yourself once again.
With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, you can find relief from negative symptoms of testosterone deficiency. Call one of our offices today to book a consultation.