Fixing Your Testosterone Levels
As men get older, testosterone levels start to decline, causing many symptoms such as low libido or erection difficulty. A low testosterone level is known as hypogonadism. In this situation, men take testosterone replacement to increase libido and feel more youthful. However, although these supplements can be of benefit, there is a downside to taking these supplements.
Effects of low T
Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men. A reduced testosterone level can impact a man’s libido, sperm production, erection, bone and muscle strength, and hair growth. When the level is low, men face low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, hair or muscle mass loss, or even depression.
Low T and male infertility
Many testosterone products are advertised in an attractive demeanor to draw men’s attention. One disadvantage of using testosterone replacement is that a man’s fertility can be impacted. A high amount of testosterone affects other hormones such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and reduces a man’s sperm count. If one plans to have children in the future, speak to the doctor before considering testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Low testosterone and infertility
A low level of testosterone does not necessarily mean male infertility. Men can still produce good and healthy sperm with low testosterone levels. This is because other hormones are also responsible for sperm production. However, a low sperm count will still occur with low levels of the hormone.
There are numerous types of testosterone replacement therapy formats. These include transdermal testosterone, creams, gels or injectable testosterone. Transdermal testosterone is more common, where a gel is applied to the skin. Testosterone injections are typically performed every 1-2 weeks.
Adjusting your lifestyle
More than supplements, incorporating a healthy lifestyle is imperative. Getting involved in physical activities, eating healthy, and maintaining a healthy weight can make a difference in one’s life. Good sleep and practicing ways to reduce stress are also important. These changes can turn out to be a better and more effective result compared to using testosterone supplements.
Considering testosterone replacement
Before starting TRT, a healthcare provider will determine the cause of low T. Low testosterone can be caused by pituitary disorders, obesity and high-carb diets. If TRT is recommended, family planning should be discussed with the prescribing physician.