Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone responsible for development of male characteristics. As men age, testosterone levels gradually fall. This natural decline can lead to bothersome symptoms that impact quality of life.
Some common signs and symptoms of low testosterone or testosterone deficiency include:
If you're experiencing these types of symptoms, talk to your doctor about getting your testosterone levels tested. A simple blood test can determine if your levels are lower than normal.
While testosterone levels drop about 1% per year after age 30, more significant declines that cause symptoms generally don't happen until after 45 or 50 years old. Some potential causes of low testosterone include:
If blood testing confirms clinically low testosterone, treatment is often recommended. Options may include:
I hope this gives you a good overview of what testosterone deficiency is, its symptoms, causes and treatment options. Let me know if you have any other questions!