Low Testosterone Effects in Boys
If a boy cannot produce enough testosterone, he may not go through puberty on time. If the condition begins before puberty starts, he may not go through puberty at all. If the low testosterone
begins in the middle of puberty, he might not finish going through puberty.
Effects of Low Testosterone in Male Babies
If a testosterone deficiency occurs in a male fetus during the first trimester
of pregnancy, the baby will not develop normal male genitalia. In the complete absence of testosterone, the male baby will develop with external genitalia that completely resembles a female baby. If some testosterone (but not enough) is present, various problems in the genitalia can develop. These problems can range from mild to severe, depending on the seriousness of the case.
If the testosterone deficiency starts later in pregnancy (the third trimester
), the male baby may be born with undescended testicles (cryptorchidism) or a smaller-than-normal penis.
If you have been noticing some symptoms that you believe might be caused by low testosterone, talk to your healthcare provider. A simple blood test can check your testosterone levels and can confirm or deny your suspicions. Because of the often-vague nature of low testosterone in adult men, this condition cannot be diagnosed and treated based on symptoms alone, without checking testosterone levels. The effects of low testosterone in boys and babies are usually much more obvious.