Men always like to pipe-off about women being hormonal during menstruation or menopause but men can also suffer from hormonal inefficiencies. If you’re a guy and you have been suffering from lackluster emotions, then you might be Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TD) or Low Testosterone (Low-T) which can occur due to aging or some other underlying condition.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
Are you wondering what are low testosterone symptoms? Well, there are few indications that your T has taken a nosedive and you are running on an empty tank.
- Lagging libido
- Chronic fatigue
- Lack of muscle mass
- Additional body fat (especially around the belly)
- Inability to achieve a hard erection
- Poor memory function
- Difficulty remembering words
- Lack of focus
- Poor physical strength
- Sparse beard growth
- Loss of body hair on the chest, arms, legs, back, buttocks, and pubic region
- Mood swings (irritability)
- Low or reduced semen volume
- Shrinking testicles
Understanding Men With Low Testosterone
Men with low testosterone often sink into a deep depression just at the idea they are suffering from a decrease in their potency.
This can especially be true if they are having a difficult time performing in the bedroom or their testes have gone from plump apricots to shriveled raisins. It is not uncommon for a man to enter a mid-life crisis as they are faced with advancing age.
Low Testosterone Treatment
If your doctor tests you and determines that you need low testosterone treatment then you will be administered the hormone. There are several ways to treat the condition so a man can start feeling manly again.
How to Treat Low Testosterone
If you are wondering how to treat low testosterone then please keep reading:
- Transdermal: Gels, liquids, patches, and creams are standard. Usually, the applications last from one to four days. After applying the T to your skin’s surface you should place an airtight and watertight wrap or dressing across the surface to help absorbancy. Never put the hormone on an area that has a cut or open wound. Also, after applying the liquid to your skin you should promptly wash your hand with soap and water to avoid spreading the hormone through touch to others such as women or children.
- Topical Patch: The topical patch is stuck to your skin and left on for a prescribed duration.
- Injection: There are two popular types of testosterone injections: short-acting and fast-acting. The short-acting can be administered subcutaneously which means directly under your skin. The long-lasting version must be injected directly into the muscle which can be painful and cause prolonged soreness. Injections are given either once per week or once every two weeks or once per month.
- Oral: A buccal dose patch is placed right above your incisor (also called an eyetooth, canine, or fang) in your mouth. The patch looks like a small tablet. It will slowly release the hormone into your system over the course of 12 hours. On rare occasions, you might experience irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth or a headache. However, this form of the hormone is far safer to use and does not cause as many problems with the liver as other methods of administration.
- Internasal: You pump a nasal gel into each nostril as needed. Most physicians prescribe this method to use three times per day.
- Pellets: Pellets of testosterone are placed just beneath the skin of your hip or buttocks. The area must be numbed using local anesthesia. A small cut is made in the skin’s surface layers and the pellet is placed This is a slow-dissolve method that lasts from three to six months.
Testosterone Therapy Side Effects
Testosterone therapy side effects range from mild to severe:
- Topicals can cause skin irritation such as redness or itching
- Injections cause pain at the injection site.
- Abnormal sperm production
- The increase in blood hemoglobin
- Accidental transference of topicals to women or children
If you have low testosterone production, then you must sit with your doctor to weigh out the various treatment options, risks, and benefits.