9 Symptoms and Signs of Low Testosterone
Updated: Jan 12
When something isn’t quite right, you can feel it. Some things are obvious, like a broken bone, but other medical irregularities can be harder to pinpoint. Low testosterone levels frequently include multiple signs and symptoms you may attribute to simple tiredness or a long week at work. However, the day-to-day symptoms you experience can add together and point towards the underlying issue.
In this article, we’ll explore nine common signs and symptoms of low testosterone. Please note that the content of this article is general information only. For personalized health advice, contact the Okojie Wellness team today.
The Symptoms and Signs of Low Testosterone
Low testosterone, or low T, can cause a variety of issues that can affect you both physically and mentally. While these are typically seen in men with low testosterone, women can be affected as well. Some of the symptoms and signs of low testosterone include:
1. Decreased libido
For many men, this is typically what causes them to consider the possibility of low testosterone. Testosterone is generally associated with male sexual development and functions. While some men experience a decrease in libido due to age, when it’s very sudden or occurs at a young age, this can signify low testosterone.
2. Lack of motivation
Men with low testosterone often experience a decrease in energy levels. Mentally, this can show up as a lack of motivation. It can be difficult to muster up energy to perform a task when you feel unmotivated. Additionally, low testosterone can contribute to feelings of depression, which is also associated with a lack of motivation.
3. Lack of concentration and focus
Similar to a lack of motivation, low testosterone levels can contribute to a lack of concentration and focus. When you do have the mental and physical energy to start a task, low testosterone can cause you to complete it with less accuracy and dedication that it deserves— or not finish it at all.
4. Difficulty gaining muscle and losing fat
Testosterone is often associated with “manliness”, which in turn is associated with a muscular physique. While the muscles themselves retain their function and strength, low testosterone can reduce their mass which alters the appearance of the muscles. With this, it becomes more difficult to gain muscle. Low testosterone levels can lead to insulin resistance, which causes the carbs you consume to be converted into fat tissue. Additionally, some men with low testosterone may develop gynecomastia, which is an enlargement of the breasts.
5. Longer recovery times
After completing any physical activity, your body needs time to recover. This is true whether you actively participated in sport, or partook in incidental exercise such as taking the stairs when the elevator is out of order.
6. Erectile dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction is a sensitive topic for most men. When there’s a change in sexual functions such as the inability to become aroused or maintain an erection, this can indicate low testosterone levels. Testosterone stimulates receptors in the brain that produce nitric oxide, which then induces the chemical reaction that helps to achieve and maintain an erection.
7. Irritability and difficulty regulating emotions
Testosterone has an effect on many physical aspects of the body, but its impacts on the mind can’t be underestimated. Research shows low testosterone levels are associated with depression. This can cause irritability and the inability to regulate emotions.
8. Decreased sense of wellbeing
Any of the signs and symptoms of low testosterone can result in a decreased sense of wellbeing, but this is compounded when you experience multiple symptoms. The symptoms and their physical and mental effects can certainly take a toll and impact your sense of wellbeing. Additionally, masculinity itself is a trait many men pride themselves on, and when their own or others’ perception of this is threatened, this can contribute to a decreased sense of wellbeing.
9. Trouble sleeping
When testosterone levels are low, the hormone cortisol increases. Higher cortisol levels can cause lighter and shorter sleep, interrupting your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Low testosterone is often associated with sleep apnoea. This is a condition that causes the person to temporarily stop breathing while asleep, which then can disrupt sleep.
Experiencing Low Testosterone Levels?
If you’re experiencing low testosterone levels, we hope this article has shed some light on the causes behind your signs and symptoms. At Okojie Wellness, we offer comprehensive hormone replacement and testosterone replacement therapy to assist with managing your symptoms and get you back to feeling like yourself.
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