Low Testosterone

Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone

The signs and symptoms of low testosterone can vary significantly from person to person, and are particularly influenced by the age of the individual. If a male fetus does not produce adequate testosterone before birth, the external genitalia may fail to take on the normal male characteristics.
 
If a boy fails to produce enough testosterone, he may not go through puberty on time, or even at all.
 
If a man who has already gone through puberty starts failing to produce enough testosterone, a variety of signs and symptoms can develop, including but not limited to:
 
  • Problems with sex drive or sexual performance
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Decreased muscle mass and increased fat mass
  • Decreased bone strength
  • Depression.
 
(Click Low Testosterone Symptoms for a more complete list of possible indications.)
 

How Is This Condition Diagnosed?

As is quite common among hormonal problems, many symptoms of low testosterone are nonspecific, meaning they can occur with other diseases as well. As a result, low testosterone should not be diagnosed based on symptoms alone. A healthcare provider should obtain a complete medical history, asking detailed questions, and perform a thorough physical examination.
 
The healthcare provider may then use several tests, including blood tests, to confirm a diagnosis of low testosterone and find its cause. Diagnosing and treating low testosterone without actually checking levels is not only inappropriate, but also potentially dangerous. If testosterone levels come back low, further blood tests may be ordered to try to pinpoint the cause.
 
(Click Diagnosing Low Testosterone to learn about other tests that may be ordered.)
 
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