Have you ever heard of andropause? It’s the male version of menopause. You may have heard it referred to as low testosterone or low T. At the Osteopathic Center for Healing, Dr. Neil Spiegel has helped numerous men overcome this condition and return to feeling healthy again.
Testosterone is sometimes called the “male hormone.” It’s produced in the testicles and is important to sexual development in men. It’s also responsible for things like body and facial hair, a deepening voice, and other factors that are often considered particularly masculine.
About the time you turn 30 years old, your body begins to produce less testosterone. Most of the time, the decline in production is very gradual. Roughly two men in every 10 over the age of 60 have low levels of testosterone. However, it’s possible to have symptoms associated with low testosterone at a younger age. Here are six common symptoms.
Testosterone is important to your libido (sex drive). If you find that you’re simply not as interested in sex as you once were, it’s could be an indication of low testosterone.
Although it’s possible you’re losing hair for some other reason, it could also be due to low levels of testosterone, especially if you find you’re losing facial hair in addition to hair on your head.
No one likes to talk about problems with getting an erection, but low testosterone can play a role in the lack of one. Testosterone is an important hormone when it comes to getting and keeping an erection.
Testosterone helps you build muscle. When you have less testosterone than you need, you may lose muscle mass. At the same time, less testosterone makes it easier for you to gain body fat.
Testosterone affects mental processes as well as physical ones. If you find yourself feeling especially moody or depressed, it could be a symptom of low testosterone.
Fatigue can certainly be a symptom of low testosterone levels. You may feel unaccountably tired, or find it more difficult to motivate yourself to do physically demanding activities.
Dr. Spiegel doesn’t simply prescribe something to replace your testosterone. Instead, he works closely with you to find a treatment approach that will work for your circumstances.
In some cases, making specific lifestyle changes can help increase the body’s testosterone production. Sometimes testosterone replacement therapy is a more useful treatment.
Identifying the dosage and best delivery method for you is as important as identifying the fact you have low testosterone to begin with. Dr. Spiegel is dedicated to providing highly personalized care and making sure you get what you need to thrive.
You can request an appointment online at any time, or you can call us at 301-245-1940 between 7:30am and 5:30pm Monday through Friday, and we’ll be happy to book your appointment.