At Waterfront Health & Wellness, we know that, while testosterone levels begin to drop in men around the age of 30, having declining testosterone is not something that you have to accept as a natural part of life. That is why we have put together some simple advice on how to know if you need testosterone replacement therapy.

Common Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Some of the most common symptoms of low testosterone in men include:

Low Sex Drive

Testosterone plays a key role in a man’s sex drive. In many cases, men may experience a decline in sex drive as they age; however, someone with low testosterone levels will most likely experience a more drastic drop in desire to have sex.

Difficulty with Erection

While testosterone alone does not cause an erection, it helps stimulate receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide, which helps trigger a series of chemical reactions necessary for an erection to occur. Men who have low testosterone levels may have difficulty achieving an erection prior to sex, as well as having spontaneous erections.

Low Semen Volume

Since testosterone also plays a role in the production of semen, men who have low testosterone levels will often notice a decrease in the volume of semen produced during ejaculation.

Fatigue

In some cases, men with low testosterone have reported extreme fatigue or decreased energy levels. If you find that you are tired all the time, despite getting a good night’s sleep, or if you are finding it increasingly difficult to motivate yourself to exercise, you may have low testosterone.

Increased Body Fat

Men with low testosterone levels may experience an imbalance between their body’s testosterone and estrogen, which can lead to increases in body fat. In some cases, men may even develop gynecomastia or enlarged breast tissue.

Decreased Bone Mass

While osteoporosis is a condition that is most commonly associated with women, men with low testosterone can also experience bone loss. Since testosterone helps produce and strengthen bones, men with lower testosterone levels tend to be more susceptible to bone fractures.

Mood Changes

Testosterone influences many physical processes in the male body, which means it can also have an effect on a person’s mood and mental capacity. Men with low levels of testosterone are more likely to face depression, irritability, or a lack of focus.

Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

While testosterone therapy can help reverse the effects of the symptoms listed above, testosterone replacement therapy works differently for everyone. In many cases, men have reported improvement in energy levels, sex drive, and quality of erections, as well as increased bone density, muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity.

If you would like to learn more about how to know if you need testosterone replacement therapy, or if you are interested in one of our services, please contact Waterfront Health & Wellness at 1-360-306-8554. We are a health and wellness clinic that is proud to provide services to clients throughout Vancouver and the surrounding areas.