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Low Testosterone: Symptoms & Treatments

Testosterone is more known to be a male sex hormone. However, both men and women produce testosterone. The level at which this hormone is produced varies based on gender and imbalances can significantly impact both men and women physically and emotionally.

Testosterone is produced in the testicles in men and levels naturally begin to increase during the time of puberty. At this time, testosterone is responsible for deepening the male's voice, the growth of facial and body hair, as well as increasing muscle mass and strength. Testosterone is considered a male sex hormone due to its effect on a male’s sexuality. This hormone impacts a man’s libido, or sex drive, erections, in addition to sperm and seminal fluid production. Typically, a man with healthy testosterone levels includes a healthy sex drive.

The production of testosterone can vary due to age and other factors like lifestyle habits. In addition to the injury to the testicles and cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation. The symptoms of low testosterone in men can include…

  • Loss of muscle mass & bone density

  • Minimal facial or body hair

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Less energy

  • Weight gain

  • Moodiness

  • Low self-esteem

Testosterone in women is produced in the ovaries, adrenal glands, and fat cells, which is extremely different from males. During puberty, women experience an increase in estrogen, which is responsible for all of a women’s bodily changes. Testosterone usually plays a role in a women’s sexuality. Normally, a woman's testosterone levels naturally decline as they grow into adulthood. Low levels can also be due to the removal of ovaries, as well as pituitary, hypothalamus, or adrenal gland disease. The symptoms of low testosterone levels can include…

  • Low libido

  • Poor concentration

  • Depression

  • Minimal bone strength

Understanding the signs of low testosterone levels can help you know what to look out for and when to seek professional help. Lab work is the best way to measure testosterone levels and ranges vary based on age, sex, and lifestyle habits. Results truly differ from person to person that is why it is important to discuss your results with a trusted physician. To learn more about comprehensive lab work and analysis, click here!


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