Male Libido Problems

Female Sex Drive Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome in Men
If you are a man aged 40 or more, you may have become aware of some changes in your physical appearance and general health such as increased weight gain, feeling depressed, disturbed sleep, loss of interest in sex. Testosterone deficiency is one cause which should be considered.

What is Testosterone Deficiency (TD)?
TD is characterised by low levels of testosterone, (known medically as hypogonadism), and is an under-diagnosed medical condition most common in men over 40. It is estimated that TD may occur in 20% of men over 60 rising to 30% in men over the age of 70, and 50%in men over 80 years of age. TD can cause a variety of changes to your health - both physical and emotional.

The Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency include:
Decreased sex drive / loss of libido, Loss of erections (morning and at other times), Feeling depressed and / or irritable , More tired than normal, Sleep disturbances, Joint or muscle pain, Inability to concentrate, Decreased sense of well-being, Memory loss, Excessive sweating The long-term implications of Testosterone Deficiency include: Decreased bone mass that may lead to osteoporosis, Decreased muscle size and strength and increased weight gain, Decreased virility, Decreased facial hair/the need for shaving may decrease, Sparse or absent pubic hair, Smaller/softer testes, An increase in breast size.
Recent studies reveal that many men, especially in Ireland, are reluctant to visit their GP since they do not believe their symptoms are serious enough to warrant treatment.
However, if the correct diagnosis is considered to be TD, treatment is proven to reduce the symptoms of testosterone deficiency and return testosterone levels to normal. If left untreated, TD has the potential to impact negatively on your life and you should speak to your doctor about treatment options.

What causes Testosterone Deficiency?
Testosterone production declines naturally with age. However, some men's testosterone levels decline to a level that may affect their overall health and wellbeing.

Treatment of Testosterone Deficiency
(It should be emphasised that only 'natural' i.e. biologically identical testosterone should be used in testosterone replacement.) Testosterone deficiency is treated by administering testosterone, which is available in a number of forms including a colourless, odourless gel, a patch or an injection.
Once a diagnosis of low testosterone has been made, testosterone treatment can begin. Studies have demonstrated improved levels of overall wellbeing with testosterone replacement. Investigations have found that testosterone therapy results in restored levels of sexual interest, body and muscle mass, bone density, mood and improved energy.

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