Low testosterone comes with a host of problems, mental and physical. Moreover, both men and women exhibit issues associated with lowered levels of testosterone.
Sexual functioning in both sexes are common consequences of low hormone levels. For instance, males exhibit a lower sex drive, difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, a lower semen volume, and testicular shrinkage. Testosterone is directly related to a male’s fertility. This also applies to females. Though it might seem counterintuitive, testosterone influences female fertility and sex drive. Though women don’t require as much of the hormone as men, they do need a specific range to remain sexually functional.
Physical symptoms associated with low testosterone can seem unrelated when an individual doesn’t know that their hormone levels are deficient. Some physical symptoms of low testosterone are: hair loss, fatigue, decreased muscle mass, decreased bone mass, increased body fat, and fragile skin. These symptoms are markedly different than those that present in females, which ultimately result in irregular/missed periods, vaginal dryness, and a lack of bone density.
Emotional/psychological issues also accompany low testosterone levels. For instance, in males low hormone levels can cause: mood changes, memory changes, difficulty concentrating, depression, and anger. Females typically don’t exhibit the same range of emotions surrounding testosterone loss.
Lowered testosterone levels impact both sexes, though males receive a much larger range of issues than females. Though it might initially seem like sex hormones only dictate sexual functioning, this is mainly the case for women. Males must address additional physical and emotional symptoms that are sometimes attributed to having a “bad day”. In reality, any of these symptoms that occur in conjunction should warrant a trip to the doctor.