Low testosterone (low-T) means what it says: an abnormally low level of the testosterone hormone. Approximately measured, testosterone levels below 300 ng/dl are considered to be low. Other terms for low testosterone include hypogonadism and testosterone deficiency (TD).
- Reduced sex drive
- Reduced or absent orgasm
- Reduced or absent spontaneous erections
- Loss or reduction of body and facial hair
- Size reduction of testes
- Brest discomfort or enlargement
- Hot flashes or sweating
- Reduction in strength
- Sleep disturbances
- Memory reduction
- Reduced or absent sperm production (infertility)
- Increased body fat
Low testosterone is diagnosed by the patient’s history of symptoms and by a physical examination performed by your doctor. The physical exam is usually in the form of a blood test that can detect testosterone levels.
Treatment for low testosterone is individualized based on the patient to treat the underlying causes of the low-T. Sometimes hormones can be supplemented and prescribed by a doctor.
The prognosis for patient’s suffering from low testosterone is good to fair. The prognosis depends upon the patient’s response to treatment. Patients treated for low testosterone at a late stage of the disease could suffer muscle loss or osteoporosis.