Low testosterone ( low TS) can affect a male at any point of his life. Depending on the age, the symptoms vary. It is caused by various factors, but they are all under the generic heading of hypogonadism. Both males and females can suffer from this. Understanding the causes and symptoms is important. Knowing these symptoms, we can begin to treat the disease.
For men, low testosterone, can begin at any age. From the age of birth to old age, symptoms can be seen, depending on the age of onset. For women, it seems to be closer to menopausal age. Each of the ages in men show different signs. The treatment for men is generally easy, including hormone replacement therapy and treating the underlying cause. There is no approved treatment for women at this time.
In males, low testosterone can be seen as early gestation. The symptoms seen at this age include: poor genitalia development, ambiguous genitalia development (where neither male and female organs maybe present). It is chromosomes that make a male, not the genitalia present.
If low TS develops be fore puberty, but after gestation, the symptoms can include failure to develop muscle mass, the voice not deepening, enlarged breasts, and low body hair growth. This is the hardest age for it to hit. A teenage boy who goes through puberty, but does not develop the physical characteristics of a man can be ridiculed.
In adulthood, the symptoms may include lower sex drive, erectile dysfunction, loss of muscle mass, and loss of hair. This is the stage called male menopause. The decrease in testosterone is normal, but it should not be so much that it affects the sexual function or desire.
For women, the sings of low testosterone include hot flashes, decreased bone density leading to osteoporosis, irritability, and decreased sexual drive. As these also occur with and about the same time as menopause, it is sometimes difficult to initially diagnosis a woman with low TS.
The diagnosis for low testosterone is made up of several factors. These include history, physical examination and blood tests. Putting all three of these components together, a diagnosis of low TS can be made with a degree of certainty. Talking to your doctor is the first step to finding out. You should not be afraid to discuss low sex drive or erectile dysfunction. These are easily treatable and can help you to live a fuller, more satisfying life.