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Low Testosterone (TD) Is a Common Condition That Affects Men of All Ages
Low Testosterone (TD) is a common condition that affects men of all ages. Although testosterone levels never reach zero during our lifetimes, they do decline gradually as part of the ageing process and in relation to poor lifestyle choices. A combination of symptoms and low testosterone level is referred to as testosterone deficiency. This condition should be treated promptly due to the associated symptoms, which include:
- Low libido — loss of sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction — difficulty getting or remaining erect
- Loss of early morning erections
- Difficulty concentrating and feeling “foggy”
- Problems exercising and a noted lack of strength
- Tiredness and a general feeling of exhaustion
- Diminishing muscle mass and redistribution of fat around the stomach and chest
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Moodiness, irritability and mood swings
- Brittle bones and a loss of bone density
As well as the physiological and psychological symptoms it causes, TD can also lead to relationship issues. This is due to the associated loss of libido and difficulty sustaining erections, which can be difficult and painful for men to talk about with their partners. Clear communication and open dialogue are key to prevent further exacerbating sexual performance issues and raising already-heightened stress levels.
Causes of Testosterone Deficiency
The most common causes of TD are ageing, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and the use of medications that impact testosterone levels, such as antidepressants and opiate pain medications. There are also health conditions that can lead to low testosterone, which we address below.
Testicular Damage Caused by Medical Treatments or Health Conditions
It is possible for TD to develop because of damage to the testicles, either by accident or because they have been removed or affected during cancer treatments. Pituitary gland disease can also lead to hormone deficiency, as can certain infections and autoimmune diseases. If you experience low testosterone due to testicular damage, the treatment plan we provide will be tailored to meet your circumstances.
Some men are born with conditions that cause TD, such as Klinefelter or Noonan syndromes, or ambiguous genitalia. While these conditions are rare, they can have an impact on your fertility and testosterone levels, especially in the case of Klinefelter syndrome (KS), which results from males having two or more X chromosomes. It can cause weaker muscles, lower libido, poor coordination and less body hair, among other developmental issues. In most cases, TD is not caused by genetics. However, during your screening, you will be provided with a full set of blood tests to rule this out if needed.
The ‘Male Menopause’
A testosterone deficiency that develops later in life, also known as late-onset hypogonadism, can sometimes cause symptoms that many refer to as “male menopause”. This term is misleading, as the drop in testosterone that occurs as we age is gradual and not sudden. Symptoms of late-onset hypogonadism can include mood swings and irritability, loss of muscle mass, and a lack of enthusiasm and energy, as well as poor concentration and short-term memory. This can be treated in the same way as typical hypogonadism — with the correct lifestyle changes and medication.
Diagnosis of Low Testosterone
Testosterone deficiency is diagnosed through the blood tests that will be arranged for your full health screening consultation. If your blood work reveals low testosterone, then we will recommend the right holistic treatment plan for you. This will be based on the contributing factors to your condition and which methods will provide the most effective results.
TD Treatments and Testosterone Replacement Therapy
The good news is that TD can be treated quickly once a thorough assessment of your health and wellbeing has been completed. Treatment begins with addressing any lifestyle issues that could be contributing factors, as detailed below.
Lifestyle Changes to Treat Low Testosterone
While it may be easier said than done, sometimes making lifestyle changes is essential if you want to enjoy a happier and healthier life. This is especially the case if you are suffering from erectile dysfunction or the symptoms of low testosterone, which are often directly linked to lifestyle choices. If appropriate, your doctor will recommend that you:
- Quit smoking
- Drink less alcohol
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink lots of water
- Do more exercise
- Lose weight
- Avoid unnecessary stress — if you have a very stressful job or home life, you may need to discuss the impact it is having on your health with your manager or partner, and seek resolutions that alleviate the feelings of pressure and anxiety
- Sleep more and make more time for relaxation
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink lots of water
- Attend relationship or sex therapy, if appropriate, to improve communication and increase levels of support within your relationship.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Once any contributing lifestyle factors have been addressed, if appropriate, we will prescribe medicines that can help to boost your testosterone levels and balance out your hormones.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy provides quick results through the direct application of topical gels or testosterone injections.
Many of the treatments available at The Mann Clinic are not always available on the NHS, but all are highly regulated and clinically proven to be safe and effective. We prescribe safely in line with recognised guidelines (British, European and International Societies for Sexual Medicine) to ensure that we are providing the latest in cutting-edge treatment.
Contact the Mann Clinic for Advice on Low Testosterone
For over ten years we have been helping men to regain their sexual health and wellness, in the comfortable and confidential London and Winchester-based clinics. Call us to arrange a consultation — appointments are available in-person or online at times to suit your schedule.