Frequently asked questions about testosterone deficiency

Men can develop TD for a number of reasons and often the cause is not identified. However, typical causes of TD include damage to the testicles through illness, surgery or sport. TD has also been associated with chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes.

If you’re rarely in the mood for sex, often feel tired and perhaps have difficulty getting an erection, you may have TD. There are other signs such as increased body fat, low mood, decreased muscle mass and loss of body hair. But TD is often undetected because the symptoms are quite general and usually put down to ‘getting older’. TD is not an easy subject to talk about, but if you suspect that you are experiencing the symptoms of low testosterone then speak to your healthcare professional to see if a simple blood test for testosterone is needed.

Testosterone not only enables a man to have an erection and experience sexual desire (libido), it is also important for maintaining muscles, healthy bones, positive mood and physical energy. Because of this, the effects of low testosterone span a whole range of symptoms such as lack of energy, low mood, loss of libido, loss of facial and body hair and, potentially, increased risk of developing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Testosterone replacement therapy treats the symptoms of TD and is available in a number of formulations including: trans-dermal gel, long or short-acting injections and oral capsules.

Your testosterone level and symptoms will be monitored a few weeks after you begin therapy to check that you are getting the appropriate amount of testosterone. After that they will be monitored at regular intervals.

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