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Male menopause: How to know if you have low testosterone

Is male menopause a real medical condition? Well, not exactly, but an age-related drop in testosterone can produce a host of symptoms and health complications that may require medical attention.

“There is a lot of confusion about what it is, but testosterone is simply a hormone that’s produced between the brain and testicles,” explains Nikhil Shah, D.O., a urologist at Piedmont Physicians Group. “A guy who achieves normal testosterone levels functions at peak performance."

Symptoms

Symptoms of low testosterone, or hypogonadism, include:

  • Low libido
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

A man with these symptoms should see his physician.

“Ask about a simple blood test, which can determine your testosterone levels,” he says.

Complications

Left untreated, low testosterone can lead to:

Treatment options

There are several treatment options for men with low testosterone, including:

  • Topical treatments
  • Injections
  • Pellets inserted into the body
  • Patches
  • Pills

“It’s critically important that you spend time with your healthcare provider and understand how testosterone can impact your life based on your family history and your current sexual function,” says Dr. Shah.

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