With low testosterone what will happen to male vitality, muscle mass, libido and energy? As you age, testosterone decreases and this causes problems in male self-confidence. There are definite health issues related to low testosterone and you may need to consider testosterone therapy to boost these levels. Discuss testosterone therapy with your doctor and don’t be afraid to speak up about your fears.
Testosterone is a hormone basically produced in the testicles. In men testosterone creates bone density, fat distribution plus muscle strength and mass. Red blood cell manufacture is dependent on testosterone as well as sex drive and sperm production. If you are suffering from low testosterone you may have a disease called hypogonadism. Your body is unable to produce the amounts of testosterone that give you the strength and drive to carry on with daily living.
Aging also produces a reduction in testosterone production. Medically speaking testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood. Then, unfortunately it begins to decline about 1% a year after the age of thirty. Depending on your health, family history lifestyle this loss can be more or less.
Symptoms of low testosterone or declining testosterone levels may include changes in sexual function. You may not have spontaneous erections and there may be infertility issues. Testosterone can change your sleep patterns and cause sleep disturbances. Increased body fat, reduced muscle strength and low bone density is a symptom of low testosterone. You may experience swollen breasts (gynecomastia) and hair loss. Hot flashes and low energy reserves can also be symptoms.
With low testosterone there are emotional changes. You may have lack of self-confidence or feel depressed. Memory loss becomes a problem and mood swings are very evident.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
It has been proven that testosterone therapy can reverse the effects of hypogonadism but there are conflicting studies regarding this type of therapy helping with aging. Studies state that taking testosterone medications help with energy levels, but these studies also have mixed results. You may become more energetic, have better muscle mass, but you may also have less strength in your muscles and very little sex drive.
There are risks attributed to testosterone replacement therapy. Sleep apnea or when you repeatedly stop and start breathing when sleeping is a side effect. In addition therapies may cause polycythemia or your body makes too any read blood cells. This syndrome increases the risk of heart disease.
Testosterone replacement therapy can also cause skin reactions like bumps and acne and enlarged breasts. Testosterone therapy can cause testicle shrinkage and low sperm production. If you have signs of prostate cancer, testosterone therapy might exaggerate these symptoms and actually promote prostate cancer.
Many men feel that if they begin testosterone therapy they will regain the sex drive that they had in their 20s and 30s. Perhaps if testosterone levels increase there no decline in orgasms, you will experience an increase in ejaculation, and have more spontaneous sex. However, lowering symptoms of testosterone do not have to end your enjoyment of sex and life in general. Try adapting to your changing body before you try medical intervention. Health is the biggest impact on sex life and performance. Before bowing to testosterone hormone therapies try exercising, losing weight, maintaining a good diet and be more sentimental and protective. These emotional and physical cares will go far in maintaining your sex and energy levels.
If you want to gain back your youth, talk to you doctors about the risks and benefits of testosterone therapy. Do be aware that treating aging symptoms with testosterone replacement therapy is not advised. It will do little good and may cause other health issues.