Men may notice the effects of lower testosterone production after age 30. Additionally, Low T can be the result of primary testicular failure or a problem that originates in the testicles. Another cause of Low T happens in the pituitary gland — the part of the brain that signals the testicles to produce testosterone. Low T can also occur as the result of an injury or infection.
Other factors that contribute to Low T may include:
Low T can present a variety of symptoms. Some of them mirror the symptoms of other medical problems as well, so it’s important not to ignore them. Seek treatment from a men’s health care specialist if you have any of the following for more than a few days at a time.
The regulation and production of testosterone is the responsibility of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The body balances hormone levels when it’s functioning properly. For men with Low T, the body is either not signaling production effectively or it is not able to produce effective levels once it is given the signal to do so.
With testosterone injections, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland respond by signaling the testes to decrease natural production. Men who discontinue therapy revert back to their pre-therapy baseline testosterone levels. If those levels have been diagnosed as being inadequate, stopping the injections means you return to experiencing the symptoms you had before beginning treatment.
The only way to monitor your testosterone level effectively and identify potential issues is with multiple blood tests. This helps your doctor identify the proper dose specifically for you. No one likes to give blood, but the trained staff members at Men’s T-Clinic make the process as painless as possible.
Testosterone production levels can vary, and a single blood test is just a snapshot of your body’s current production. Multiple factors can determine your level at any given time. For example, increases in the cortisol hormone (which increases with stress) have been known to lower testosterone.
Testosterone levels from 350 ng/mL to 1000 ng/mL are considered normal, but you could be in the low to normal range and experience symptoms.
Your doctor diagnoses hypogonadism by considering symptoms and testosterone levels. If you are borderline and have symptoms, you may qualify for therapy. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn about your options.
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