There are many topics in our society that seem to be taboo in nature. While they go on all around us, people just don’t talk about them. One of those topics is low testosterone. The fact that so many shy away from the conversation can make many males feel embarrassed about it. However, there are many reasons for this to occur and it is nothing to hide or to be ashamed about. Talking about it can help you to make a plan of action you are happy with.
There are millions of men suffering from low testosterone, simply because they don’t want to deal with it. Whether it’s find a supplement, or visit the doctor, men are avoiding the situation. The fact is, once treated, men can’t believe how easy and painless it was.
Talking to Your Partner
It is very important to talk to your partner if you feel that you have symptoms of low testosterone. You want your spouse to be there to help you through the situation. They need to be able to support you, but they can’t do that if they don’t know what is going on. If you are having trouble getting an erection and your libido is low they may feel you aren’t interested in them anymore. They need to know that it has nothing to do with them.
If you have less energy than before, chances are your spouse has already taken notice. Dozens of situations/problems are running through their head trying to figure out what is wrong with you. Sharing this information and getting on the same page will make the situation with low testosterone something that you can both deal with and not have tension in your relationship.
If you are overweight, you don’t exercise much, and you don’t eat right then your lifestyle can play a role in low testosterone. By talking to your spouse about it, you can work as a team to eat better, to get more exercise, and to lose weight. You can also work on eliminating lifestyle choices such as smoking that also reduce testosterone levels.
Talking to your Doctor
Talking to your doctor to confirm you have low testosterone may be your best bet. Keep in mind that your doctor is a professional, so they have already dealt with this numerous times. Don’t hide what you are going through due to the fact that your doctor can offer you some great options to get the levels of testosterone back up.
The first step you should take is telling your doctor exactly how you feel, this usually gets the conversation started. If you have difficulty talking about the situation, it might be easier to put all your thoughts on paper before seeing the doctor. Be very honest in your answers so that they can give you the best assessment possible. If you aren’t fully disclosing what is going on, you will be hindering the value that your doctor can offer to you with increasing testosterone levels. Remember, testosterone decline is a natural process when men age, it shouldn’t be an embarrassing problem. In men over 50, 10-25% have low testosterone, yet only about half of them are reporting symptoms to their doctor. Once the doctor has an idea of your symptoms, he’ll more than likely ask you some questions of his own. The next logical step is taking your blood.
A simple blood test can be conducted to find out what your level of testosterone happens to be. This test can confirm your speculations. If you do have low testosterone levels then further action can be taken. If that isn’t the problem, then your doctor can ask for more tests to explore other possibilities.
With the help of your doctor, you can combat low testosterone. In addition to exercising and eating right, your doctor may recommend hormone replacement therapy or testosterone supplements. This is a type of medication that allows you to naturally produce more testosterone than before. The amount of medication you need to take will depend on what your levels happen to be.
You may need to take the medication for a few weeks before you notice any difference in how you feel. Make sure you keep all appointments with your doctor so that more evaluations can be done about how much of the medicine you need to take. Never skip doses or take more of it than prescribed.
You have the opportunity to talk about low testosterone with your partner and with your doctor. By doing so, you won’t be alone in your efforts to change things. You may have to explore several options before you get the level of testosterone back up to where you want it to be. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can feel like your old self again!
Questions For The Doctor
Keep in mind, testosterone therapy is still relatively new. Not only is it new, it isn’t widely accepted by a large percentage of doctors. It is ideal to do your own research as well, because truth be told, there are numerous doctors with very little knowledge on the subject, and even less knowledge about the various treatments for low testosterone. As an example, some older doctors may not believe in new age medicine, and decline you for any treatment. Or your doctor may have only researched one type of treatment, testosterone injections for example, while you may be more interested in a gel or testosterone supplement.
What you can ask:
- Are you sure my symptoms are low testosterone? Or could there be another issue?
- How do you feel about trying testosterone supplements initially?
- (If injections) How often do I need to be injected?
- What are the side effects of testosterone therapy?
- What is the cost of the therapy?
- How do my testosterone levels compare to other males my age?
Low testosterone is not something that should be kept hidden. Whether by testosterone therapy or testosterone supplements, it can be treated.