Testosterone is touted as the primary hormone for men’s sexual health, and when it’s absent, men experience issues like erectile dysfunction. Low testosterone can affect more than your ability to become aroused. It can affect your brain, state-of-mind, and your mood. In some cases, it’s even been linked to depression. Testosterone receptors in the brain help regulate brain function, and men who experience mood swings and increased stress may be dealing andropause — the male version of menopause.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or facing these issues, schedule a consultation at Charleston Men’s Clinic in Mount Pleasant today. We’ve been helping men with their sexual health for more than three decades, and we’re ready to help you with Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about how testosterone can affect men’s moods.
Connecting Low Testosterone to Mental Health
Over the years, various studies have correlated low testosterone with mental health issues like depression, mood swings, and inability to handle increased stress. It’s common for men with declining testosterone to be more prone to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. How can a single hormone have control over so many male mental functions? For the most part, scientists are still searching for the direct link; however, many studies can show the correlative relationship between testosterone and brain function, like cognition, mood, and state-of-mind.
A study in 2017 from The World’s Journal of Men’s Health resulted in a decrease in depression and an increase in brain function for men who were administered Testosterone Replacement Therapy. The study concluded that men with testosterone deficiency syndrome can benefit from TRT if “low testosterone levels are associated with depression or cognitive impairment.”
Low testosterone can result in more than mental health issues. It can compound with physical health issues like erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, and more. Many of our patients come to us depressed and defeated that they can’t get aroused anymore for their wife or partner. The sexual health of the relationship is affected, not just the male. “Man issues” quickly become partnership issues, and the weight of an entire relationship can be held on the male’s shoulders, which typically adds to the depression, mood swings, and stress.
Finally, low testosterone can have a downward spiral effect. Men dealing with low T typically feel fatigued or without energy, and it results in not exercising. This compounds and leads to mood swings, which then tumbles into depression. If you add the stress of not being able to perform sexually in a partnership and a demanding career, a male can feel like they’re drowning in their own life.
Low testosterone frequently goes undiagnosed. It can affect the body, the mind, or the emotions. There can be no reason for low testosterone, and there can be numerous reasons why a man may experience it. Here are some reasons a male may experience low T:
Aging: As men age past 30, they begin to produce less testosterone, which affects their entire body.
Benign Tumor: In some cases, testosterone production can be affected by a benign tumor in the body, which can lead to other low T symptoms.
Medications: Starting or stopping medication can have a permanent or temporary effect on testosterone production levels. This is why it’s important to always discuss your medication routine with your doctor.
Mood Swings: If you or your partner go from calm to angry to sad within a few minutes to a few hours, they may be dealing with more than the stress of life. They may have low T.
Low Energy: It’s common for men aging beyond 30 to experience an increase in fatigue; however, a sudden drop in energy levels can indicate a change in hormonal balance.
It’s Time For Testosterone Replacement Therapy
If you’re struggling with any of the symptoms or issues already mentioned in this post, you may have low testosterone. Instead of waiting for the symptoms to go away or hoping that you can change it on your own, give our Mount Pleasant men’s clinic a call today. We’ve helped thousands of men over three decades regain confidence in their life with Testosterone Replacement Therapy. You’re not alone in this.
In part two of this blog series, we’ll discuss some quick ways to enhance your emotional health when dealing with low testosterone.