Low Testosterone Symptoms

Think You Could Be Struggling With Low-T? Here Are The Symptoms


Testosterone is found in both males and females. However, this hormone is more abundant in males. Produced in the testes, testosterone is responsible for the way a boy develops into a man. Testosterone aids in creating body muscle and mass, stimulates sperm production, affects sexual development and is responsible for every man's sex drive.

The American Urological Association says that 2 out of every 10 men 60 years or older suffer from low testosterone levels (or low T levels.) Three out of ten men in their 70s and 80s have the same problem.

Low testosterone levels can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms. When testosterone levels fall below 300 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter) problems can arise. Normal levels for healthy males is 300-1,000 ng/dL.

Doctors can determine the level of testosterone by ordering a serum testosterone blood test. Men with low testosterone levels may experience some, or all, of these symptoms:

1. Low or No Sex Drive

Because testosterone plays such a vital role in creating the sex drive in men, those with low levels may feel no desire at all to have sex. Although declines happen as we age, healthy young males should have normal levels of testosterone to help them enjoy a satisfying sexual life.

2. Erectile Dysfunction

Who has not heard that phrase a million times already? While testosterone alone does not help in achieving and holding an erection, it is a much needed hormone to get things started. Testosterone stimulates those receptors in the brain that produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide then triggers a chemical reaction that is responsible for erections. Low testosterone levels make it difficult for a man to achieve an erection, or more embarrassing, have spontaneous erections while sleeping.

Testosterone is only one part of the total process that results in erections. Testosterone replacement is only helpful to about half the men treated with such. More often, it is an existing health problems that causes erectile dysfunction in men. Some of these health issues are:

  • alcohol
  • anxiety
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • smoking
  • stress
  • thyroid problems

3. Low Semen Levels

Testosterone is important in its role of producing semen - the milky fluid that helps move the sperm along. Men with low levels of testosterone may notice less semen when they ejaculate.

4. Changes in Mood

Low testosterone affects all the physical processes that occur in the body. It has a strong influence on both mood and mental abilities. Men with low T levels may be depressed, irritable, or just have a total lack of focus for every day activities.

5. Fatigue

Low T levels may cause a decrease in energy level and cause one to suffer from extreme fatigue. Men who are tired throughout the day - even after getting a good night's sleep - should ask their doctor how they can improve their testosterone levels.

6. Hair Loss

Testosterone is important for many body functions, hair production is no exception. While some men naturally go bald as they age (mostly due to an inherited condition), those with low T levels may also experience a loss of facial and body hair as well as losing the hair on their head.

7. Decrease in Bone Mass

While most people associate osteoporosis with women, men with low T levels may also suffer from this thinning of bone mass. Testosterone aids in building and strengthening bones. Older men with low T levels are more susceptible to broken bones.

8. Less Muscle Mass

Low testosterone levels may lead to a decrease in overall muscle mass. While testosterone helps build muscles, it does not aid in function or strength of those muscles.

9. More Body Fat

Men with low testosterone levels may notice an increase in the amount of body fat they have. Some might even notice they have 'man boobs' (gynecomastia - enlargement of the breast tissue.) This is mainly due to a total imbalance between testosterone and estrogen levels.

While woman see a rapid drop in their hormone levels before and during menopause, men experience a gradual decline in their testosterone levels as they age. The older the man, the lower his T levels may go. Those men with testosterone levels below 300 ng/dL may have some of these symptoms. If you see yourself in these words, call your doctor and schedule an appointment for a serum blood test. If needed, you will learn about the benefits and risks of taking testosterone medications. Your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes that will increase your T levels. Every little bit helps.