Testosterone is the main male hormone: without testosterone, there is no sexuality. Thus, a lack of testosterone can impact libido and sexual function. How do you know if you have enough testosterone? How can you increase your testosterone in case of lack? We explain it all to you.
What is testosterone used for?
Men produce almost all their testosterone in the testicles. Testosterone production acts as a “brain-to-testicles” thermostat. When it is low, you make hormones that stimulate testosterone production. When you produce ‘enough’ of this hormone, your brain flips the hormone switch and production stops.
This on/off cycle is part of the reason why levels are highest in the morning and why levels vary throughout the day.
Testosterone is responsible for bone and muscle growth, libido, mental and athletic performance, male fertility, red blood cell production, hair growth, voice tone, mood and sperm production.
Testosterone is linked to general fitness; whether it is fatigue or physical or mental fitness. Its second role is to nourish the bones and certain organs. And finally, it is the main sexual hormone: without this hormone, a man cannot function sexually; neither in terms of libido, nor in terms of erections, nor ejaculation. The male sex life is extinguished without testosterone.
Furthermore, the most interesting thing about this male hormone is that the body only uses about 2% of all the testosterone it produces!
This means that about 98% of the testosterone in your system is completely inactive: it is metabolised by the body and turned into another chemical. However, even a small drop in your ‘free’ testosterone (the unmetabolised testosterone) can have a significant impact on your overall health.
How do you measure testosterone levels?
If you are unsure of your testosterone level, don’t hesitate to consult an online sexologist who can prescribe a hormone test to be performed. You should also know that normal testosterone levels vary: in men they can range from 300 ng/dL to 1100 ng/dL and beyond. That’s a huge range. So you could fall anywhere on that spectrum.
So a low level is not just a number. The important thing is to treat any symptoms of low levels when they become a problem in your daily life.
Testosterone levels also change throughout the day, and it decreases as you get older. This is called andropause. So don’t panic if you think you have low testosterone.
Eating healthier and exercising more are two excellent ways to boost testosterone. In fact, weight training and testosterone are closely linked, as this sporting activity can slightly boost testosterone levels. In the same way, certain foods act on the libido and make it possible to erase the symptoms of the lack of testosterone.
Similarly, weight loss is one of the easiest ways to increase testosterone levels, especially if you have belly fat. This is because belly fat converts testosterone into oestrogen.
What are the effects of a lack of testosterone?
It is difficult to determine what a low testosterone level is. Some people can have very low levels and have no symptoms. So the level that is considered low in the first instance is the level at which you experience symptoms.
Here are the 8 common symptoms of low testosterone:
- Low energy levels ;
- low libido and lack of sexual desire;
- difficulty concentrating;
- gynecomastia (‘breast enlargement’);
- loss of muscle mass;
- increased fat levels;
- decreased hair growth and beard growth.
In addition, low testosterone levels affect a man’s sexuality. In addition to a decrease in libido, the man may notice consequences on his erect penis. Indeed, it is not uncommon to find erectile problems or male impotence among the symptoms of hypogonadism (low testosterone).
Similarly, low testosterone levels can sometimes cause weak ejaculation, i.e. lack of force, or small ejaculation and alter the quality of sperm and semen.
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