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How low testosterone can affect your sex drive

A man's testosterone levels start to decline in the 20s and by around 1-2% a year after they reach their 40s. This is part of what's sometimes called the male menopause or andropause.

Low testosterone is one possible cause of a lack of libido or sex drive, It can also affect the sperm count and the number of early morning erections.

Once diagnosed, a man's low testosterone can be treated with hormone replacement therapy.

Symptoms of low testosterone

Low testosterone can affect a man’s sex drive and may prevent erectile dysfunction medicines from being effective.

As well as sexual problems, symptoms of low testosterone in men include:

Causes of low testosterone

As well as getting older, other causes of low testosterone include:

Testing for low testosterone

If a man seeks medical advice about low testosterone, he'll be asked about symptoms and his medical history.

A physical examination will be carried out and tests may be done, including blood pressure and a urine check.

Blood tests may be arranged to measure blood testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and prostatic specific antigen (PSA) level.

Treatment for low testosterone

The treatment for low testosterone is testosterone replacement therapy or TRT.

Testosterone therapy comes in different forms, including underarm gels, injections and buccal tablets attached to the gum to dissolve over 12 hours,

Because of concerns TRT may increase the risk of prostate cancer, regular PSA screening tests will be arranged.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on March 24, 2015

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