Low testosterone, or Low T as it’s referred to in the media, is one of the more common subjects you see on television commercials today between theÂ 7 minute episodes of real(?) entertainment. And as a physician that takes care of men, IÂ address it in the office fairly often as well.Â
MostÂ people are aware that as women age, their ovaries produce less estrogen and eventually menopause (a pausing of the monthly period (menses)) occurs. The averageÂ age for this occurs as women near 51 years. Men mayÂ experience similar problems as the testicles produce less testosterone asÂ they approach theirÂ fifth decade of lifeÂ too. Thus, low T is not an uncommon concern in the aging male population. We could call it “male menopause” if you will.
Physicians and patientsÂ must be able to differentiate between low testosterone and erectile dysfunction(ED), another common complaint among aging men. The difference is relatively easy. Difficulty experiencing an erection is different than not even caring if you have one. Low T is characterized by a lack of sexual desire whereas ED is not a lack of desire but an inability to do anything about it.
I had a female patient inform me today that her husband has given up alcohol and has had a renewed interest and ability to enjoy their sexual intimacy together. Not all that smells like low T is due to a lack of testosterone. Men, you may need to give that some thought as you pour yourself another drink of courage.