The hormones in your body control all of your body’s systems. When you experience problems like low testosterone levels, you may notice a range of symptoms. Here are some of the most common symptoms as well as how our team at Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, OH can help.
What Are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
Difficulty Achieving an Erection
One of the main functions of testosterone is aiding your reproductive system. This means that it’s important for both achieving and maintaining an erection. This hormone tells your body to produce a chemical called nitric oxide. In turn, the nitric oxide triggers the series of chemical reactions that your body needs to produce an erection.
This can feel frustrating and embarrassing to deal with. If you have low T and you’re struggling to get an erection, HRT may be able to help balance your hormones and help you get back your healthy sex life.
Another major sign that you may have low T is hair loss. Several things could trigger hair loss in men, including things like simple genetics. Sometimes aging can also cause men to lose hair or to see major thinning on certain parts of their bodies.
Often, however, the culprit is low T levels. That’s because T is partially responsible for your body’s hair growth. If you’re noticing that your hair is thinning considerably, then you may want to talk to your doctor about getting HRT to help balance your hormones and grow your hair properly.
A Low Sex Drive
There was a time many years ago when professionals believed that losing one’s sex drive was an inescapable part of aging. But today we know that it’s possible for both men and women to enjoy active and healthy sex lives well into their twilight years.
If you have been experiencing a lowered libido or a lack of energy and desire to have sex, then you may have low T. If this is an issue that you are frustrated with, then getting HRT to balance out your T levels can help you maintain your sex life.
Hot flashes are most commonly associated with women going through menopause. However, women aren’t the only ones who might experience uncomfortable hot flashes as their hormonal levels begin to change. Men may also start to notice that they get hot flashes as their T levels become lower.
Hot flashes can be uncomfortable and annoying. They’re sudden feelings of warmness. You may also notice redness to the skin, as well as excessive sweating. The good news is you don’t have to put up with them forever. HRT can help boost your T levels and prevent these hot flashes from occurring.
Higher Body Fat Levels
Part of maintaining your overall health means keeping your body at a healthy weight. This weight is different for everyone. However, if you’ve noticed that you’re suddenly gaining weight and that eating right and exercising regularly aren’t doing anything to help you lose this weight, you could have a hormonal issue on your hands.
Men with low testosterone may be especially prone to a condition called gynecomastia, or an enlargement of the breast tissue. To help your body maintain a stable, healthy weight, you may want to consider getting HRT.
Lower Bone Mass
Many people assume that lowered bone mass is something that happens primarily to women during menopause. But men may also find that, the older they get, the lower their bone density becomes. Osteoporosis is a condition that causes the pore in your bones to become larger.
This makes your bones less strong and dense and can lead to serious issues. If you have osteoporosis, you are at a much higher risk for major breaks and fractures. Signs of this condition include a weakened grip, receding gums, and brittle nails. Getting T injections can help keep your bones healthy and strong.
Lower Muscle Mass
One of the things that T is responsible for is maintaining muscle. For your overall health, it’s important to have strong muscles. Your muscles help you move around, lift heavy things safely, and maintain good posture, among countless other benefits. Exercising and eating right will help you build healthy muscle.
But if you’re doing everything right and you still can’t seem to build any muscle, then you may have low T levels. You may also notice that your muscle mass is decreasing. T injections will help you build that mass back up so you can maintain strong, healthy muscles.
It’s normal to feel a little tired every once in a while. Maybe you had a particularly busy day or you didn’t sleep very well the night before. Usually, a good night’s rest will fix this. But if you’re feeling constantly tired and generally fatigued, there could be a bigger issue on your hands.
You may have low levels of T if you are experiencing chronic fatigue. Fatigue can be extremely difficult to deal with, and it can be frustrating to feel constantly tired and unable to do the activities you love. Getting HRT can help get your T levels back to normal.
Low Red Blood Cell Count
Some studies have shown that people with low T levels are at an increased risk for anemia. This is a condition that is caused by the number of healthy red blood cells in your blood being too low.
There are several different types of anemia. If you have this condition, you may feel fatigued, weak, lightheaded, have cold hands or feet, or experience chest pains. If you have anemia, you may want to get tested for low T. If your anemia is caused by your testosterone levels being too low, HRT can help.
Your hormones are responsible for regulating all systems in your body, including your mood. If you are experiencing mood swings, then you could have a hormonal imbalance on your hands. It’s normal for your mood to change throughout the day, but if your mood is changing suddenly and drastically, that could be a mood swing.
These can have a hugely damaging effect on your overall mental health, and they can impact your relationships as well. If your mood swings are because your T levels aren’t what they should be, talk to your doctor about HRT.
Are you having more and more trouble performing complex cognitive tasks? Is remembering information harder for you than it used to be? Do you feel like you’re constantly in a brain fog? Lower T levels tend to correlate with decreased cognitive function as people get older, leading some to believe they may be related.
If you’re struggling to get your brain working the way it used to, then it might be worth looking into HRT to help boost your T levels. By balancing out your hormones, you should find it easier to perform difficult cognitive tasks and improve your memory.
What Are the Causes of Low Testosterone?
There is no one cause of low T. There are several things that could cause a hormonal imbalance like this. The simple process of aging is one of them. However, there are several other medical conditions, like pituitary gland disease and genetic conditions, that can cause low levels of T.
Some instances of low T levels may also be caused by injuries or infections to the testicles as well as treatments like chemotherapy. When you visit our clinic, we’ll help to determine what specifically is causing your low T levels so we can treat you appropriately.
What Is Getting HRT Like?
If you are going to be getting hormone replacement therapy, the first thing we’ll do is sit for a consultation with you. This gives us the chance to go over your medical history and concerns to ensure this treatment is right for you.
Your actual treatment may be administered in several ways. We may inject the hormones into you, or apply a gel or skin patch. You may not notice a major change right away, but you should start to see a difference in your symptoms after about 4 to 6 weeks.
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Are you frustrated with the side effects of your low testosterone? Looking for a way to feel your best again with? Our team is ready to help you. To learn more, get in touch with us at Premiere Center for Health and Wellness in Cincinnati, OH for Hormone Health for Women AND Men.