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Low testosterone is a problem that occurs when there is a deficiency of the male hormone testosterone. This condition can occur at any age and may cause symptoms such as depression, fatigue, and decreased sex drive. However, a diagnosis should not be made based solely on symptoms.
Before making a diagnosis of low testosterone, your healthcare provider will need information on your medical history and will perform a thorough physical examination. He or she should also order a blood test to measure your testosterone levels.
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, your healthcare provider will discuss possible treatment options. In most cases, testosterone replacement medications are quite effective. There are many medications to choose from, so it is important to take into consideration things such cost and your personal preferences for the type of product you want to use.
(Click Low Testosterone for more information on possible causes of low testosterone, potential signs and symptoms, and available treatment options.)
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