What is Testosterone Deficiency?
Testosterone deficiency (also commonly referred to as androgen deficiency) occurs when your body is producing less than the healthy amount of male sex hormones. More colloquially, some people call this Andropause or Male Menopause.
A variety of conditions can lead to this issue, though the source of the problem is usually the testes (where testosterone is produced) or the pituitary gland (the part of the brain that controls the testes).
Noticeable symptoms of testosterone deficiency can include:
- Development of feminine breasts
- Loss of muscles, strength and body hair
- Feelings of depression and low self-esteem
- Sexual problems (such as lowered libido or erectile dysfunction).
It’s important to note that testosterone levels start decreasing gradually around the time that you turn 30. If your symptoms are minor, your decreased testosterone could be a natural result of getting older and may not have an underlying cause.
How can this be treated?
Before undergoing any kind of treatment, it’s crucial to have your testosterone deficiency correctly diagnosed. To create the ideal treatment plan, your doctor will need an understanding of the root cause of the deficiency.
Once your condition has been confirmed, you may be able to begin testosterone replacement therapy. The supplementary hormones can be:
- Consumed via a tablet
- Applied through a skin patch
- Absorbed via a cream or gel
During this therapy, you will need to check in regularly with your doctor. Depending on your age, you may also need to monitor your prostate for signs of cancer throughout the treatment.
What results can I expect?
All things going well, you should see the reduction or elimination of symptoms fairly quickly. For example:
- Muscles and body hair should grow
- You should have more energy and feel better about yourself
- Your sex drive and performance should return to normal.
Results will vary from man to man; speak with your doctor about your desired outcomes.