Low testosterone level is common among many individuals that cause many problems in the body including low energy levels, low sex drive, and low libido. Testosterone is the male sex hormone released by the testes. The production of testosterone is accountable for the development of the male sex organs, muscle growth, sex drive and energy levels in the male. During puberty, male teenagers have increased production of testosterone consequential in the development of facial hair and a deepening of the voice.
More low levels of testosterone are among HIV+ men. Normal testosterone values can vary from person to person depending upon many factors including age, health, life style and diet.
The most common symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Decreased energy levels
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty achieving and/or maintaining an erection
- Loss of muscle mass
- Symptoms of depression
Testosterone Levels are measured by means of blood test that measures the amount of free testosterone circulating in your blood. Testosterone replacement therapy is used to restore low t levels in the body.
Testosterone replacement can be performed is a number of ways. Its products are available in the form of pills, supplements, injections, gels and creams. Each product has its own impacts. Testosterone injection shows instant results but long-term use is associated with many side effects.
Testosterone patches or gels applied every 24 hours to a major muscle such as thigh, buttock, and upper arm. In this way, testosterone absorbs gradually into the muscle through the skin. The patch and gel on the other hand, provide a steady dose of testosterone, eradicating the highs and lows common to the inject able replacement therapy gels and patches takes longer time to bring the testosterone level back to normal, that is why they are not in common use.
It is suggested to use testosterone treatments after doctor’s advice for safe and effective results while Low dose and short-term treatment is beneficial.