Signs That You Have Low Testosterone Levels and Need To Get Tested
The main hormone in men that is responsible for bringing about the manifestation of physical masculinity is testosterone. Testosterone is also found in the blood of females but is later converted into estradiol which is the main hormone in females. The production of this testosterone occurs in the endocrine tissue in the male organs in the men and in the females, it is produced in minute quantities in the ovaries; and in both men and women, the testosterone is also secreted by the adrenal glands. In males, testosterone is the main hormone responsible for all the changes that occur during puberty as well as responsible for the sex drive and for the maintenance of muscle mass, therefore, low testosterone levels will lead to ‘reduced masculinity as well as a much lower sex drive. One needs to get tested when one suspects low testosterone levels so that one can receive medication to correct this; the earlier one receives the medication the better. The sample is simply taken by drawing blood from the veins by use of a needle. The tell-tale signs of low testosterone levels have been discussed below.
The first and most obvious sign is a low sex drive in men. Naturally, the sex drive reduces slowly in men as they age. For the condition of low testosterone levels, however, one may still be quite young with an extremely low sex drive since it causes the sex drive to reduce drastically.
Lessened semen volume is another sign of low testosterone levels in men. Semen is usually the whitish fluid that helps to increase the mobility of the sperm and men with low testosterone levels will notice that they have low semen volume produced during ejaculation.
One can also suffer increased body and facial hair loss as a result of low testosterone levels in men. Naturally, men will usually lose more of their hair as they age through a process called balding, however, low testosterone levels also increase this hair loss.
Yet another sign of low testosterone levels in men is the loss of muscle mass. As seen earlier, testosterone is the main hormone in men that is responsible for the maintenance of muscle mass in men. As a result, when the levels of testosterone hormone in men decreases, there will be an automatic loss of muscle mass as well.
Therefore, it is important to get tested as soon as you can once notice any of the above signs or a combination of them so that control measures can be taken in case of any problem. It is also important to discuss with one’s doctor about the potential benefits and risks of the different testosterone treatments that may have been recommended to you once the results of the test are out and you find that you had low testosterone levels.