What is low Testosterone?
Testosterone is mainly a male hormone. It is also called as andro-pause or low serum testosterone in males. It is responsible for development and growth of chest hair, muscles, deep voice, and penis and testes size during puberty in men. Basically, testosterone is male sex hormone. After the 1930s most males experience a gradual fall in testosterone level. Low level of testosterone with aging is natural but most of the men facing low testosterone in 1920s, 30s and early 40s which are not natural and may cause other medical issues. Low production or abnormal decrease in blood level is called low testosterone. Testosterone plays important role in many body functions in men such as sperm production, bone density, RBC production, fat distribution, sex drive, muscle mass, and strength. Low testosterone cause significant emotional and physical changes in men.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
Irritable moods, fatigue, depression, weakness, genital numbness, hot flashes, loss of interest in sex, low sex drive, difficult erection, low volume of semen, hair loss, obesity, concentration difficulty, a decrease in muscle and bone mass, abnormal breast growth, osteoporosis. Low testosterone may lead to anemia, depression, sleep apnea and chronic illness.
What are treatments for low testosterone?
Low testosterone treatment involves testosterone therapies to deliver testosterone to the body in several ways. Sometimes gonadotropin hormone injections may trigger puberty and boost sperm production. Low testosterone is developed to boost testosterone levels in the male body. Testosterone treatment is recommended for males who are diagnosed with testosterone in the blood. These treatments’ effectiveness differs in every man so doctors give the treatment after analyzing the body in men. Low testosterone treatment therapy outcomes cannot be predicted for any single individual. Methods of low testosterone therapy include
- Intramuscular injections: Testosterone is delivered to the body by direct injection in muscles.
- Topical patches and gels: These are applied to the skin directly for absorption through the skin.
- Buccal patches: Mouth patch is kept at upper gums and applied twice in a day.
- Pellets: Pellets are implanted in the soft tissues of buttocks where they release testosterone.