Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Hypogonadism is a condition in which a man has low testosterone and may experience symptoms, including:

    Decreased reproductive crave (libido)
    Erectile dysfunction
    Fatigue and loss of vitality
    Depressed mood
    Loss of cadaver mane (decreased need to shave)
    Reduce in power
    Osteoporosis (decreased bone density)

Only your doctor can conclude if you have low testosterone and if treatment may be appropriate for you. A plain blood exam can be used to determine if you have low testosterone.

Causes of Low Testosterone Levels
Identifying causes of low testosterone is key to avoid further drops in testosterone levels. The most common causes of low testosterone levels are:
Natural causes of low testosterone levels

Progesterone deficiency. Testosterone production relies on sufficient levels of progesterone; thus, a progesterone deficiency can result in low testosterone levels.

Natural aging. As ovarian production of testosterone declines with age, the burden of production falls on the adrenal glands, which struggle and are typically unable to maintain adequate levels.
Induced causes of low testosterone levels

Hysterectomy Pharmaceuticals or surgical procedures. Induced low testosterone levels are so named because they result from pharmaceutical treatments and surgical procedures like hysterectomy, chemotherapy, and the use of birth control pills. Since they impact on the source of hormone production, hormonal levels may be dramatically diminished.

Stress. It is known that stress has a physical impact on the body. Decreased testosterone production might be one of its consequences.

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