The hormone responsible for male development, testosterone is the leading force behind a man’s sex drive. During puberty, testosterone helps build muscles and boosts growth in the penis and testes, while deepening the voice and encouraging the addition of body hair. It also contributes to muscle mass, bone density, and red blood cell production.
Usually, around age of 30, men start to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. It can also be the result of diabetes. The decrease in testosterone often results in a lower sex drive. Sometimes, testosterone can drop low enough that a man’s sex drive becomes almost non-existent. While most men explain a drop in testosterone as a side effect of aging, this is not always the case.
If you have a family history of significant testosterone decline, it’s more likely that you and your future generations will also experience low testosterone.
At Urology of Greater Atlanta, your doctor conducts a physical exam to assess your male characteristics. They then conduct two tests to assess your testosterone levels, both tests are administered before 10am to see your testosterone at its peak. Your doctor also performs a blood test to rule out any other concerns that may result in low testosterone as a symptom.
Noticing a gradual decline in testosterone as you age is completely normal. Treatment for low testosterone should only be sought if you notice your testosterone is abnormally low and you are experiencing unhealthy symptoms as a result.
For younger men who are having trouble achieving a pregnancy or for older men who are truly experiencing low testosterone levels, treatment is available to provide a boost of the hormone. Injections, patches, under arm implants, and creams are all effective methods of treatment to encourage a boost in testosterone production.