An Overview of Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Low testosterone levels
can lead to a variety of different symptoms, depending primarily on the age of the individual when the problem begins. In general, the symptoms are more severe with younger individuals and less severe with older men. In fact, the symptoms of low testosterone
in adult men are often quite subtle.
Signs of Low Testosterone in 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 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 condition.
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.
Low Testosterone Symptoms in Boys
If a boy cannot produce enough testosterone, he may not go through puberty on time. If the problem 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.