Testosterone: a hormone essential to male sexuality
Testosterone supplements are associated, often wrongly, with athletes wishing to improve their performance. There is, however, another medical use. Gentlemen, recognize the testosterone deficiency and you will be able to avoid its negative consequences on your sex life.
For many people, a man’s level of testosterone is measured by the size of his biceps and his well-cut abdominal muscles. Yet even Hollywood muscle giants may be struggling with an overwhelming reality: testosterone deficiency. Would you know the impact on your life? Little known but much more frequent than is believed, testosterone deficiency deserves attention.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is part of a group of hormones called androgens. In humans, it is mainly made in the testicles. This hormone is also produced in women (by the ovaries), in much smaller quantities, and is also responsible for sexual appetite. It is important to note that the adrenal glands of male and female also produce this hormone, to a smaller extent.
Testosterone is a sex hormone that adds to the development of typically male physical characteristics such as:
- The appearance of a grave voice;
- Muscle development;
- The appearance of hairs on the face and on the body;
- Sperm production;
- Maintaining the health and strength of the bones.
Testosterone also influences desire and sexual performance in humans. A testosterone deficiency is therefore likely to decrease your quality of life.
Testosterone and male sex life
Testosterone deficiency is usually associated with increased fatigue and decreased libido, that is, an unexplained and prolonged lack of sexual desire. Testosterone deficiency should also be suspected if one or more of the following signs occur:
- Decreased intensity of orgasm;
- Decreased sensation in the genital organs;
- An inability to obtain or maintain an erecting;
- A depressed mood;
- Difficulties of concentration.
In humans, testosterone is at its highest level during adolescence or in young adults. Normally, it decreases by about 1% per year from the age of 30 years. In addition, most men notice a difference in their sexual response from the age of 60 to 65 years.
Men with diabetes are also have a higher risk of having testosterone deficiency. Genetic problems, physical disability at birth or injury (trauma, surgery, etc.) can also cause a decrease in testosterone production in humans.
A blood sample in the morning can be requested by your doctor to measure your testosterone levels in your blood. If it is reduced and you have symptoms, your doctor may offer you a testosterone-based treatment. Your doctor will then need to assess your health, as these supplements are not suitable for some men, such as prostate, breast, or another prostate, liver, Heart or lungs.
Testosterone supplements are available on medical prescription in tablets, injection, patches to apply on the skin or gel. Each of these treatments has advantages and disadvantages. Discuss this with your pharmacist or doctor so that you can choose the medication that works best for you. Your pharmacist will then be able to tell you how to use it. Monitoring your liver enzymes, red blood cells and cholesterol levels through blood tests may be required. Finally, your testosterone level will be evaluated periodically, also by taking blood samples, during your treatment, in order to alter the doses of your medicine.
During treatment, and the use of Testosterone supplements you may have side effects, such as:
- Changes in mood or behavior;
- Hair loss;
- Of acne.
If you notice any symptoms during treatment, contact your pharmacist who will inform you.
The effects of the treatment will not be immediate and a continuous use of a few weeks may be necessary before you see all the benefits. Perseverance is important since testosterone deficiency is not cured. It requires taking your medication every day.
Women (especially pregnant women) and children should not come into contact with Testosterone supplements or boosters, except on medical advice. Be sure to keep them in a safe place out of sight and reach of children. The bathroom is not recommended.
With the aging of the population, testosterone deficiency will become an increasingly common problem. While it may be difficult to address this issue with your doctor, your openness will allow you to have access to treatment and regain a satisfying sexual life. Dare, because it is your well-being!