What To Do When Your Testosterone Level Is Low

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If your testosterone level is low you may experience lower sex drive, shrinking muscles, depression, increased body fat, anxiety and confusion.

You may experience some of these same symptoms if you are suffering from other health problems such as an acute illness.

Before you begin any hormone replacement therapy to increase your level of testosterone you health care professional will need to take blood tests to ascertain your level of testosterone. A normal level runs somewhere between 300 and 1,000 ng/dl (nanograms per deciliter). As you age the levels of testosterone naturally will decrease.

The health care professional should also check your blood work to be sure there are no other medical problems causing your lower testosterone symptoms.

If it is determined you actually do have low testosterone levels and are going to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) there are several different treatment options available.

You may opt to receive HRT injections every week or two. The downside is your testosterone levels may be too high right after the injection and then drop too low just before it is time for the next injection.

You may opt for a testosterone replacement patch which you put on every evening and leave in place for 24 hours. The patch may cause some skin irritation and you want to put it in a different place each time.

Testosterone chemical structure formula

You may opt for testosterone replacement gel. You put this gel on the skin on your shoulder or arms each day at the same time. There is a chance some of the gel may rub off on someone else if you get close to them.

You may opt for a tablet which you place under the upper lip and replace every 12 hours. You do not chew or swallow these tablets. The tablets may have a bitter taste and may cause toothache or gum problems.

Hormone replacement therapy for low testosterone levels may have side effects. These may include weight gain, acne, fluid retention, swelling and tenderness of the breast, enlarged prostate gland and a worsening of breathing problems.

For men without any health issues hormone replacement therapy is usually safe. However, if you suffer from medical conditions HRT may not be for you. Consult with your health care professional and be sure it is safe for you to use hormone replacement therapy to increase your low testosterone levels. Let your health care professional know immediately if you experience any adverse side effects from the HRT treatment.