Testosterone is the male hormone that is responsible for development the testes during puberty and contributes to male attributes such as facial hair and a deepened voice, while affecting a man's libido and even his mood.
After the age of 30, a man's testosterone levels naturally begin to decrease. For some patients, it may be much earlier. This regression is usually gradual and spread out over the rest of his life. In some cases though, the levels drop rapidly, which leads to a host of symptoms. Some of these may include:
Low testosterone can occur due to a number of reasons:
When low testosterone is a result of a condition in the pituitary gland or hypothalamus, doctors may look for the following potential causes:
The first test your doctor will likely perform is a check to determine where your testosterone levels are. In some cases, they may already be dangerously low before any of the more serious symptoms have become apparent.
Treatment can include Testosterone Replacement Therapy in order to re-establish normal hormone balance. There are several common forms of this treatment and the doctors at Cedar Male Medical will help you find the right one. Find out more here!