Testosterone Deficiency: Symptoms and Diagnoses

Testosterone is the predominant male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. It is an essential hormone in men and women

In male humans, testosterone plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues such as testes and prostate, as well as promoting secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle and bone mass, and the growth of body hair.

As men age, testosterone levels start declining. The average age at which testosterone starts declining is around age 30. As the levels decline in men and women symptoms of testosterone deficiency otherwise called Andropause.

In men and Female Androgen Deficiency Syndrome (FADS) starts appearing
In men the symptoms are as follows

  1. Fatigue
  2. Depression
  3. Irritability (grumpy old man syndrome)
  4. Reduced libido and erectile function
  5. Decreased sexual desire and decreased fantasies
  6. Decreased morning erections
  7. Decreased firmness of erection
  8. Long recovery time between orgasms
  9. Loss of drive and competitive edge
  10. Stiffness and pain in muscled & joints
  11. Decreased effectiveness of exercise workouts

In women the symptoms of FADS

  1. Impaired sexual function
  2. Loss of libido
  3. Loss of well being
  4. Decreased muscle mass & strength and lower bone density
  5. Depression
  6. Anxiety
  7. Lack of self confidence
  8. An imbalanced feeling
  9. Memory loss
  10. Abdominal fat and weight gain

How to Diagnose Andropause/FADS

Lab tests :

  • Total Testosterone/Free Testosterone/SHBG
  • LH, FSH levels

Symptoms of low testosterone coupled with Low T levels usually is enough to make the diagnoses.

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