While there are options for men who have low testosterone levels, it’s important to know the potential reasons behind a low percentage of the male hormone. As you’re talking with your doctor about hormone replacement, there are three reasons in particular she or he might give that are the root cause of your issue.
1. Primary Hypogonadism
When the testes are underactive and fail to achieve sufficient testosterone levels for proper growth and health, it can lead to a condition known as primary hypogonadism. This specific trait can be inherited, but it can also be brought on by a physical illness or accident. Examples of inherited conditions of primary hypogonadism include the presence of too much iron in the blood, undescended testicles and Klinefelter’s syndrome, in which a man is born with X,X and Y chromosomes rather than X and Y.
The need for hormone replacement has also been contributed to obesity. Something to note with this particular reason for low testosterone levels is that it can affect both younger and older men. Older men who are obese might be under the impression that their age is the reason behind their compromised testosterone percentage. While it’s true that men do experience a decrease in the male hormone in their age, that decrease is often not as drastic as that attributed to obesity. In addition to replacement therapy, men who are obese should also takes steps to lose weight not only to help increase their testosterone levels, but to improve their physical and mental health as well.
There is also evidence that certain medications can lead to low testosterone and the need for hormone replacement therapy. Such prescriptions include those used to treat:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic pain
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- High blood pressure
- Hypersensitivity/High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
While patients may have no choice but to take such medications, they should be well aware of the side effects. Before starting testosterone therapy, men should be sure to discuss all medications they are taking and whether their therapy might interfere with their medication or the effects of their medication. Depending on the prescription and the condition the medication is for, there might be an alternative that doesn’t cause a decrease in testosterone levels.
Other than these three reasons, there are several others that have been linked to low testosterone. Men who are considering hormone replacement should be sure to pinpoint the root cause to stand the best chance of seeing success.