What Are The 5 Signs You Need TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy)?
The human body produces testosterone as a hormone. It is primarily produced by the testicles in men. Testosterone influences a man's physical appearance and sexual development. It increases sperm production as well as a man's sexual desire. It also aids in the development of muscle and bone mass.
Testosterone production usually declines as we get older. According to the American Urological Association, approximately two out of every ten men over the age of 60 have low testosterone. This rises to three out of every ten men in their 70s and 80s.
When testosterone levels fall below what they should, men can experience a variety of symptoms. When testosterone levels fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), low T is diagnosed.
- Low Sex Drive
Testosterone is important in men's libido (sex drive). Some men may experience a decrease in sex drive as they get older. Someone with low T, on the other hand, is likely to experience a more dramatic decrease in their desire to have sex.
- Erection difficulties
While testosterone increases a man's sexual desire, it also helps him achieve and maintain an erection. Testosterone does not cause an erection on its own, but it stimulates brain receptors to produce nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is a molecule that aids in the initiation of a series of chemical reactions required for an erection to occur. When testosterone levels are too low, a man may struggle to achieve an erection prior to sex or to have spontaneous erections (for example, during sleep).
However, testosterone is only one of many factors that contribute to good erections. The research on the role of testosterone replacement therapy in the treatment of erection dysfunction is inconclusive.
- Low sperm volume
Testosterone is involved in the production of semen, which is the milky fluid that aids sperm motility. Men with low T frequently experience a decrease in the volume of their sperm during ejaculation.
- Affected memory
With age, testosterone levels as well as cognitive functions, particularly memory, decline. As a result, doctors believe that low testosterone levels may play a role in memory loss.
Some smaller research studies have linked testosterone supplementation with improved memory in men with low levels, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical AssociationTrusted Source. However, memory improvements were not observed in a study of 493 men with low testosterone levels who were given testosterone or a placebo.
- Low blood counts
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical AssociationTrusted Source, low testosterone is linked to an increased risk of anemia.
Researchers found that when anemic men with low testosterone were given testosterone gel, their blood counts improved compared to men who were given a placebo gel. Anemia can cause a variety of symptoms, including difficulty concentrating, dizziness, leg cramps, sleeping problems, and an abnormally fast heart rate.
Unlike women, who experience a rapid drop in hormone levels during menopause, men's testosterone levels drop gradually over time. The older a man gets, the more likely he is to have testosterone levels that are below normal.
Low testosterone symptoms can occur in men with testosterone levels below 300 ng/dL. Your doctor can perform a blood test and, if necessary, prescribe treatment. They can also talk about the advantages and disadvantages of testosterone therapy.
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