What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone that plays a vital role in the development and functioning of male sexual characteristics. It helps keep muscle and bone strength, makes red blood cells and is required to make sperm and maintain sex drive. It boosts energy levels and contributes to your overall well-being. Testosterone is primarily produced in the testicles, with a small amount also produced by the adrenal glands (located on top of both kidneys).
The level of testosterone changes depending on age and health. Levels are highest during adolescence and early adulthood and naturally decline with age, typically starting around the age of 30. Some men may experience abnormally low testosterone levels, a condition known as hypogonadism, which can lead to various health issues.
Symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Fatigue and reduced energy levels
- Decreased muscle mass and strength
- Increased body fat
- Reduced sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Mood changes
- Brain fog
- Reduced cognitive function
TRT is a common treatment for low testosterone. It involves giving testosterone through injections, gels or patches. This treatment aims to return testosterone levels to a healthy range, therefore reducing symptoms and improving general well-being.
To determine low testosterone doctors assess medical history and conduct blood tests. Routine health exams are necessary during therapy to monitor changes in testosterone levels and overall health.