Here's How to Tell if You Have Low Testosterone

As men age, it’s normal for their testosterone levels to drop somewhat. But for some men, testosterone diminishes beyond expected levels, causing you to develop clinically low testosterone.

According to testosterone therapy specialist Hasan Badday, MD, of Pacific Pain & Regenerative Medicine, low testosterone can diminish your quality of life by reducing your energy levels, sexual performance and drive, and increasing your risk of heart conditions. If you have low testosterone, getting testosterone therapy can help you regain your previous levels of health and vigor.

Here are the signs to look for and how testosterone therapy can help.

Low testosterone symptoms

If you have low testosterone, these are some of the symptoms you might experience at any age. If you suspect you might have low testosterone, make an appointment with Dr. Badday for an evaluation.

Diminished sexual desire and performance

For many men, changes in their sex drive and sexual performance are some of the biggest indicators they have low testosterone. One common symptom you might experience is a decreased sex drive, including a significantly lowered desire to have sex than your previous interest level.

You might also start to experience difficulty with your erection. Some men with low testosterone have a difficult time maintaining an erection, while others struggle to get an erection at all.

Men with low testosterone often produce less semen. Experiencing male factor infertility can be a sign of low testosterone.

Smaller testicles

If you’ve noticed your testicles have gotten smaller or your scrotum appears softer, these can both be symptoms of low testosterone. Make sure your testicles are consistently smaller and not temporarily smaller as a result of being exposed to cold temperatures.

Lowered muscle and bone mass

Low testosterone can cause the mass of both your bones and muscles to decrease. Getting bone fractures can be a sign of a reduction of your bone mass. Having low testosterone can significantly reduce muscle mass, but won’t change your muscles’ strength.

Diminished energy

Testosterone helps give men energy and vigor, so you could have low testosterone if you notice significant drops in your energy levels. Signs of lowered energy include less interest in exercise and feeling fatigued even after a good night’s sleep.

Sleep problems and hot flashes

Some men with low testosterone experience problems falling asleep, staying asleep, and hot flashes. These symptoms are similar to what women commonly experience during menopause. 

Higher body fat

Developing a higher percentage of body fat, especially if you haven’t made any lifestyle changes, can be a symptom of low testosterone. In some cases, you might also notice your breasts have enlarged.

What to do if you suspect you have low testosterone

Low testosterone not only causes frustrating sexual symptoms and lowers your energy levels, but it can also decrease your overall health. At Pacific Pain & Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Badday assesses your testosterone levels to determine if low testosterone is the cause of your symptoms.

If you have low testosterone, Dr. Badday offers testosterone therapy, which restores your previous levels of testosterone and improves your health, wellness, and physical and sexual stamina. Testosterone therapy is a straightforward outpatient procedure that Dr. Badday can administer in the form of gels, patches, injections, or pellets.

To permanently regain your youthful vigor, contact the team at Pacific Pain & Regenerative Medicine, located in Irvine and Los Angeles, California, by calling your preferred location or making an appointment online today.

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