Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Different men present different low T symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  • A loss of libido;
  • The inability to maintain an erection;
  • Reduced energy and general lethargy;
  • A decrease in muscle mass;
  • General changes in body composition;
  • Looking more feminine and less masculine;
  • Changes in body fat deposition;
  • Reduction in body hair, as well as evidenced by a reduced need to shave;
  • Psychological distress, such as depression or mood shifts;
  • Fluctuations in other hormone levels, such estrogen and progesterone;
  • Shifts in other metabolic markers and lipid panel numbers.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a variety of options to treat Low T. Here are five common treatments:

  1. Patches

Testosterone PatchThe patient applies a testosterone patch to his skin, a la a nicotine patch, to slowly allow his body to absorb testosterone and increase/normalize levels of the hormone.

  1. Injections

A physician injects the patient in the buttocks with a testosterone solution weekly or biweekly.

  1. Gels

The patient can apply ointments, solutions or gels daily; his body absorbs the testosterone through the skin.

  1. Pellets

A physician can implant pellets surgically near the hip to release the hormone in a slow, controlled manner over time.

  1. Gum Tablet

Also known as a “buccal tablet,” this application mechanism allows the testosterone to be absorbed through the gums. Typically, a patient would take such tablets twice a day.

The next post will examine when doctors consider testosterone therapy appropriate.The Older Man

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