Testosterone naturally begins to decrease as men get older. Many men who receive testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) report improved sex drive, mood and energy, but this does not mean that this treatment is right for everyone.
This is because low testosterone by itself doesn’t require treatment. Only men who have symptoms of low testosterone and blood tests that confirm low t levels should consider testosterone replacement.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
While symptoms of low t can be obvious, they are often very subtle and most men attribute them to natural aging. Because testosterone levels decline gradually and naturally over decades, the following symptoms may come on slowly:
- Fatigue and low energy
- Low libido
- Trouble concentrating
- Erectile dysfunction
If you have symptoms of low testosterone that are backed up by several blood tests, testosterone therapy offers many benefits. Many men report increased well-being, energy and mental and physical health, as well as improved sex drive and better quality erections. Testosterone also helps improve insulin sensitivity, muscle mass and bone density. The benefits vary by the individual, with some men experiencing dramatic differences and a small number noticing just a mild difference. The vast majority of men experience positive changes following testosterone therapy.
There are a few health conditions that may be worsened by testosterone replacement, however, which means it is important to consult with a testosterone doctor before proceeding. These conditions include benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), prostate cancer, sleep apnea, blood clots, and congestive heart failure.