Testosterone is primarily known as the male sex hormone. While it is present in both sexes, it plays a significant role in how the male body functions. Knowing the role testosterone plays in your body is fundamental to understanding the effects it would take on your body should hormone levels increase, decrease, or just get out of whack.
Testosterone affects a range of bodily functions including, but not limited to, aggression, sexual health, language skills, and cognitive abilities (for example, memory), and some lesser known correlations of testosterone is its effect on sleep. Safe to say that keeping a replete supply of testosterone is important for a number of reasons. But, for the sake of this article, let’s focus on one major function, one I can shed some expertise on: hypogonadism.
Hypogonadism is a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone, has an impaired ability to produce sperm, or both. There are a range of causes that contribute to hypogonadism, for example an injury or illness, or in some cases, hypogonadism can develop in fetal stages, puberty, or adulthood.
As a vital contributor to the development of the male reproductive system, low testosterone can bring on symptoms like:
- Low libido or sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fatigue, difficulty to concentrate
- Impaired (or decrease) in hair growth
- Impaired (or decrease) in muscle mass
- Development of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
- Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)
Any one of these symptoms can bring on feelings of anxiety or stress, especially given that sometimes a change in your emotions or mental health can be an independent side effect of low testosterone production. Should you feel any of the above symptoms, it’s important to reach out to your doctor to consult on what the root of the issue.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a hormone replacement therapy that is often prescribed to counter the effects of male hypogonadism (or low testosterone production). Shown to increase energy, libido, mood, and sexual function, TRT can help support overall health so you can feel like yourself again.
Absorbed through the skin or administered through direct injection, TRT sees a variety of benefits, including:
- Regaining sexual function
- Improvements in energy levels
- Erectile function (and quality of erection)
- Increased muscle mass and bone density
- Better focus and improvement in memory and cognitive skills
The ideal outcome from TRT is to regain sexual function, energy, and clarity of mind. Some men experience strong changes while others feel more limited effects. It’s important to talk to your doctor about how you’re feeling, so #HaveTheBallsToTalkAboutIt and get that plan of action set in place!