Testosterone is one type of steroid hormones that is naturally produced in the body. It is a hormone found in mammals, reptiles, birds and other vertebrates. The hormone is secreted by the testicles in male mammals and ovaries in females. It is the main sex hormone in males.
You generally have high levels of testosterone than females as a man, about 7-8 times more. The hormone is responsible for development of different male reproductive tissues including the testis, prostate gland, body muscles, growth of body hair and bone mass. It also plays a big role in preventing osteoporosis. Your body as a man also needs sufficient levels of testosterone for normal development of sperms, for regulating your cognitive and physical energy. Interestingly, while your testosterone levels decrease when you fall in love, levels of testosterone in a women increase when she falls in love.
Apart from falling in love, you may also suffer Low T because of such other factors as fatherhood, marriage and aging among other factors. Low testosterone (Low T) levels in males can cause serious problems in a sexual relationship. Low testosterone level presents several symptoms including:
Low libido – This is when you do not have interest in sex. Your sex drive literally vanishes, meaning that your partner has to contend with sex desire for an unknown period, which in itself can lead to serious relationship problems.
Erectile Dysfunction – Apart from other causative factors, Low T is one of the main causes of erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is in most cases characterized by weak penile erection, difficulty in attaining an erection or lack of any erection at all. Similarly, ED can manifest itself in form of premature ejaculation in which case you attain orgasm even before you engage in sexual intercourse. Like with low libido, having ED causes serious relationship problems because your partner will always remain sexually unsatisfied.
Body fatigue – One major role that testosterone plays in the body is in building body muscles and other processes, allowing your body to have the necessary energy for everyday tasks. Low T therefore means weak body muscles and reduced processes. Leading to low energy levels, which makes your whole body feel weak all the time.
Depression – The fact that you experience any or all of the above symptoms will make you feel not man enough. You will tend to withdraw to be alone most of the time, which will lead to emotional stress and depression.
Osteoporosis – Your body requires adequate levels of testosterone for development of bones. Low T therefore leads to reduction of bone density, which in itself causes other serious bone-related health problems. Your bones become brittle to a point that bone breakages become common occurrence.
The above are just some of the signs and symptoms associated with Low T. Low testosterone levels cannot be diagnosed through physical examination. This is because the same signs and symptoms can be presented by other diseases/health conditions. Diagnosis of Low T levels can only be undertaken by a doctor, where simple blood test is all a doctor needs to perform for proper diagnosis.