The male hormone testosterone is most commonly associated with a man’s sex drive and sexual performance. But testosterone also affects everything from a man’s physical appearance to his risk of serious disease. Testosterone aids in the building of muscles, regulates weight gain and body fat, influences hair growth or loss, and affects the risk of serious illness (such as heart disease or diabetes).
Unfortunately, as men get older, their body begins to produce less and less testosterone – with a man’s hormone production declining about 1% every year after age 30. Commonly known as “Low T,” low testosterone is estimated by the American Urological Association to affect at least 1 out of 5 men over the age of 60.
Fortunately, SottoPelle in Phoenix, AZ, now offers the most advanced, 100% natural, clinically tested and FDA approved “Low T” (testosterone) treatment in the form of bioidentical hormone replacement pellets. In this article, we discuss 10 of the most common signs and symptoms of that you may be suffering from Low T.
Low T Sign #1: Decreased Sex Drive
A man’s sex drive – also called “libido” – is largely governed by his testosterone levels. Consequently, many men experience a lower sex drive as they get older and start to lose testosterone.
The good news is that most men who are suffering from Low T can restore their libido with the safe, easy, natural and convenient low testosterone treatment offered at our Phoenix, AZ medical office. (Or by one of our SottoPelle hormone replacement pellet providers worldwide).
Low T Sign #2: Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Not only is a man’s sex drive stimulated by his hormones, but testosterone is also essential to achieving and maintain an erection. While testosterone alone is not solely responsible for erections, it does play a crucial role in activating the brain’s receptors that cause arousal.
SottoPelle low testosterone treatment has helped thousands of men erectile dysfunction related to Low T! But there are also other medical reasons that may be underlying erectile dysfunction. For this reason, it is important not to try to treat yourself if you have ED. The hormone experts at our Phoenix office (and our SottoPelle providers worldwide) will conduct a blood test to measure your testosterone levels and see if “Low T” is the cause of your erectile problems.
Low T Sign #3: Low Semen Volume
A man’s production of semen is also affected by his levels of testosterone. If you have noticed a reduction in your typical volume of semen during ejaculation, it may be another sign of “Low T”.
Low T Sign #4: Smaller Penis or Testicle Size
At our Phoenix, AZ area medical office, many of our “Low T” patients have reported that their testicle size has decreased – or that they believe they have smaller-than-average sized testicles. This makes sense, since both the penis and the testicles require testosterone to develop. Consequently, patients with lower testosterone levels may indeed have disproportionately smaller genitalia than “average men” with healthy levels of testosterone.
Of course, other medical factors may be responsible for testicles that are smaller in size. So, again, this is why you should never self-medicate, but instead see our expert Phoenix area doctors for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Low T Sign #5: Hair Loss
Hair growth and hair follicle health is one of many body functions that testosterone effects. Most men will experience some form of balding on their head as they age. In most cases this is hereditary. However, men with Low T often experience loss of hair on their face and body as well.
If you are experiencing a loss of facial, chest, or body hair, it may be another sign of “Low T”. At SottoPelle in Phoenix, AZ, low testosterone treatment is often an excellent way to catch and arrest testosterone-related hair loss before it gets worse.
Low T Sign #6: Low Energy
Low testosterone levels are also known to significantly decrease a man’s energy level. If you get winded more easily, find yourself needing a midday nap, can’t work out like you used to, or are just too tired to enjoy the activities you once did, it may be a sign of Low T.
If you are experiencing feelings of fatigue or lethargy, despite getting regular sleep and eating properly, you may benefit from low testosterone treatment at SottoPelle in the Phoenix area. Customized bloodwork can help us identify whether low testosterone, or something else, is at the root of your low energy.
Low T Sign #7: Less Muscle & More Fat
Developing a “Dad Bod” is often the result of Low T. Clinical studies have proven that low testosterone leads to a loss of muscle mass. So, you may be working out the same amount but seeing fewer results if you have Low T. And, to add insult to injury, reduced testosterone can also result in fat being distributed around the belly and on the breasts.
When men visit our Phoenix, AZ medical office for low testosterone diagnosis and treatment, our blood test will determine if your testosterone-to-estrogen ratio is out of balance. And, once we restore your hormone balance with biodentical hormone replacement therapy, you can start getting your younger, more manly body back!
Low T Sign #8: Broken Bones (Low Bone Density)
Decreased bone mass is typically associated with women. But men with Low T are also at much greater risk for osteoporosis.
If you have suffered a recent bone fracture, it may be a result of lower bone volume due to Low T, which left you more susceptible to bone fractures.
Low T Sign #9: Mood & Memory Changes
Testosterone also impacts a man’s mood, memory and overall mental capacity. According to clinical studies, men with low testosterone levels are more likely to experience irritability, difficulty focusing, memory problems, and depression.
Recently, however, The Journal of the American Medical Association published a report on a number of studies that linked improved memory with Low T treatment. And, a great many of our patients at SottoPelle in Phoenix, AZ and around the world have demonstrated a substantial improvement in mood and mental clarity after receiving testosterone replacement therapy.
Low T Sign #10: Anemia
Finally, patients with low testosterone treatment are also at an increased risk of anemia. And anemia gives rise to a wide range of side-effects and symptoms, including: dizziness, rapid heart rate, leg cramping, shortness of breath, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, concentration problems, and more.
The Journal of the American Medical Association, recently reported that men who suffer both from Low T and anemia saw sharp improvements after receiving low testosterone replacement therapy.
Low T Treatment – Phoenix AZ
Because the decrease in a man’s testosterone occurs gradually over time – unlike the dramatic hormone changes of menopause – many men don’t realize that their health problems are due to low testosterone. From sexual performance, to changes in appearance, to health problems and cognitive issues, testosterone affects almost every aspect of a man’s wellbeing.
A simple blood test by our Phoenix area hormone replacement experts can tell you if Low T is at the root of your mental, physical or sexual issues. Then SottoPelle bioidentical hormone replacement can naturally restore your body’s testosterone to ideal levels. See results within 10 days of BHRT treatment, and experience results that can last up to 6 months with a single, painless office procedure!