What does low testosterone mean
Contrary to popular belief, every one of us is capable of testosterone secretion. Although our suggested levels vary across the time on the clock, period in our lives, and sex, there are ways to clinically describe what too little means. The condition refers to when an individual’s levels are below average and can manifest themselves in several external and internal problems. Note that at every stage in life males should have substantially more testosterone.
The following are the estimated healthy ranges for males and females respectfully based off of age:
- Infancy (0-5 months): 75-400 ng/dL, 20-80 ng/dL
- Toddlers/ children (6 months – 11 years): <7-130 ng/dL, <7-44 ng/dL
- Adolescents as they approach puberty: <7-800 ng/dL, <7-75 ng/dL
- Once puberty is hit: 100-1,200 ng/dL, <7-75 ng/dL
- Late teens/ early 20s: 300-1,200 ng/dL, 20-75 ng/dL
- Adulthood: 240-950 ng/dL, 8-60 ng/dL
Isn’t low testosterone in men and women normal with age?
A steep decline is expected in both sexes as age progresses, however, this doesn’t you should just accept levels in the lower ranges. Low testosterone in men and women come with several side effects that you do not need to take just because it is something that comes with age. Consider this:
They say that the elderly population is at high risk for STD transmission. You would be shocked to learn how many Americans 65 and over contract Chlamydia and syphilis infections. This shocking statistics demonstrates something that many are unaware of- our grandparents still get horny.
Aging and low testosterone are not always imminent. While your levels will likely be lower than they were as a college student, it doesn’t have to impede on your life.
Side effects of low testosterone
This condition can manifest itself in several ways. There is generally a lot of overlap between sexes experiencing depleted levels, however, there are some sex-specific issues that may be of concern. One of the more noticeable side effects of low testosterone that is evident across the board is the diminished libido. While there are a lot of explanations for this to take place, if you find the following prominent signs familiar, it’s advised you consult with a medical expert and get tested.
Signs of low testosterone in men
A lowered sex drive in men is rather observable. Erections are an obvious representation of mental arousal. Issues maintaining or obtaining erections are signs of low testosterone in men. If you are currently between partners, inability to masturbate or waking up with no morning wood are also signs of a problem. Erectile dysfunction (ED), the official medical terminology for this phenomena, leads to frustration, marital problems, and even infertility as you can’t copulate. Low testosterone can cause more than ED. Depleted sperm count, increased body fat, and loss of skeletal and muscular mass are also reported. Psychological problems such as depression are also reported.
Low testosterone causes
As the main production takes place in the testes, damage or deformation of the organ is often responsible. Primary hypogonadism (caused by underactive gonads) can be a result of physical trauma or inheritance is a leading cause of low testosterone.
Some inherited traits would be:
- Undescended testicles
- Klinefelter’s syndrome
Injury to both testicles or side effects of mumps orchitis (Get vaccinated!) and chemotherapy can also be responsible.
The inadequacy of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus can cause secondary hypogonadisms. Again, due to injuries or genes.
Issues categorized under genetic problems would be:
- Pituitary disorders (which can also be triggered by drug use, kidney failure, or tumor formation)
- Kallmann syndrome
They can also be acquired from disease contraction such as HIV/AIDS or inflammatory diseases like tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, or histiocytosis). Obesity, medications (especially opioid pain meds), concurrent illnesses, or just aging.
Can young men experience low testosterone
While there is this notion that low testosterone is a problem for grandpas, there are a lot of young men with low testosterone as well. While problems in the bedroom may originate from sheer performance anxiety, it cannot be ruled out. Even infant or teenage males can suffer from it. This is especially true if you happen to be a member of an at-risk population or are generally overweight or unhealthy. One thing to note is that, no, it is not the result of jacking off. There are some old wives’ tales spreading the anti-masturbating propaganda, but they are rooted in personal beliefs rather than fact.
Low testosterone treatment for men
There are treatment options available for low testosterone in men. Depending on what your doctor recommends after the completion of a blood test, you may want to take a pharmaceutical or holistic route. Testosterone replacement therapy, supplements, pills, topical creams, and injections are all possibilities depending on the severity and your body. Talk to a urologist to discuss your options.
Symptoms of low testosterone in women
When it comes to sex drive, it is easier to witness signs in men than women. For orgasms, women must rely on psychological mindset much more, and as there is no visible boner, it’s easier for one to fake satisfaction and doesn’t necessarily impede on the ability to partake in intercourse. (This does not mean that we don’t have the technology to take measurements of arousal with machines that detect vaginal lubrication and flow). However, this doesn’t mean you’ll get pregnant as easily. One of the most troubling symptoms of low testosterone in women is fertility disturbances. Hair loss, feeling tired, weight gain,
What causes low testosterone in women
Like in males, low testosterone often originates in adrenal glands or the ovaries. History of oophorectomy, hypopituitarism, early menopause, and hypothyroidism can impact females hormone levels. It is important to note that, again, these are not the effects of masturbation. It is a healthy activity that may even endorse higher sexual satisfaction.
Treatment for low testosterone in women
Talk to an endocrinologist in order to determine if you have the diagnosis and where to start. You can visit a local clinic near you to learn how to test for testosterone and the medications or natural remedies that can get your testosterone back where it needs to be. You may need to visit your gynecologist and discuss fertility therapy options as your problem may be a result of an undiagnosed condition. While there may not be a cure for infertility, there are many things you can try.