Men’s sexual health is regulated by hormones. One of those hormones is testosterone. In men, testosterone production gradually decreases as they age. Unlike men, women experience a change in hormones, too, during menopause, but the change is much more rapid. At Charleston Men’s Clinic, we help men address their low testosterone symptoms and provide a way to maintain or raise their testosterone levels with Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). In this post, we’re going to share eight common signs that you may be experiencing “low t” and should schedule a consult with us.
What is Testosterone?
Hormones are chemical messengers in the human body produced by endocrine glands to regulate and control bodily functions. These hormones are secreted by the endocrine glands directly into the bloodstream, which is then transported to the necessary tissues or cells to initiate action. When hormones are in balance for both men and women, the body will thrive.
Men’s primary sex-drive hormone is testosterone. A large majority of the hormone is produced in the testicles, and the adrenal gland produces a smaller amount of the hormone when needed.
It may be tempting to stop at sex when discussing men’s health, but testosterone plays a larger role in the male body. Testosterone helps regulate the following:
- Sleep cycles
- Energy level
- Red blood cell production
- Muscle mass
- Fat deposition
- Bone density
Low Sex Drive
If you’ve ever heard of your lady friends or your spouse talk about libido, it applies to men, too. Testosterone plays a key role in men’s sex drive, whether it be high or low based on the hormone. A male with gradually declining testosterone may experience a lessened libido, meaning a decreased desire to have sex. In some cases, men don’t mind this. They aren’t going to have more kids, and they’re hyper-focused on their careers. However, those who are looking to enjoy sex, maybe have more kids, and stay fit through middle age and beyond will want to address their “low t” issues.
Yes, testosterone aids men in getting and keeping an erection. Testosterone isn’t the only component of a healthy erection, but it actively stimulates receptors in the brain to produce nitric oxide, which triggers a series of chemical reactions to successfully achieve an erection.
If you’re having trouble getting an erection prior to sex, you may have “low t.” Other health complications may be contributing to your inability to get or keep an erection:
- Alcohol use
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Thyroid issues
Low Semen Volume
Testosterone plays a role in the volume and motility of semen production. If you notice a lesser volume of semen during ejaculation, you may want to get your testosterone levels checked.
Early Hair Loss
Balding is a natural part of aging for men and women. In men, early balding may be a sign of low testosterone. The hormone plays a role in hair production, and if it declines too quickly, you will bald faster.
If you feel fatigued most of the day, you should get your testosterone levels checked. Energy, mood, and sleep cycles are all affected by testosterone. As men age their “t” level declines, which means you could feel less energized than you were 2-10 years ago.
Muscle Mass Loss
Do you hit the gym regularly? Did you once have an above average looking body? If you notice muscle gain to be more difficult than before, your testosterone may be low. The mass of your muscles are directly affected by testosterone, but not necessarily strength or function.
Body Fat Gains
Have you noticed the dreaded “tire” around your waist? How about the “love handles” your spouse teases you about? When men experience “low t,” they may see an increase in body fat. Some men develop enlarged breast tissue due to “low t.”
As much as we want to point the finger at women and say they’re the only ones who have hormone issues, men experience them, too. Low testosterone can affect moods, causing an overall decrease in energy and various emotions or sharp, quick swings from one emotion to another. Hormone balance is imperative to a healthy, thriving body.
Call Charleston Men’s Clinic
Our top priority is to help you regain your sexual health and wellness in a safe, comfortable environment. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. As men age, their hormone levels shift, and we’re here to help you understand what happens, why it happens, and how we can remedy the change. Give us a call to schedule a consultation today!