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Can stress or anxiety lower testosterone in men?

Can stress or anxiety lower testosterone in men?

Defitely yes: Testosterone levels can decrease with acute or chronic stress or anxiety. Theory is that the stress or "flight and fright" hormoes, epinephrine, nor-epinephrine and cortisol. This lowers the anabolic (tissue build up) process and inhibits testosterone production. This is reversed after stress and anxiety are relieved. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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I'm 36 yo/f my cortisol blood level is 1.32 mcg, normal range says. 07-.93 could this elevation be caused by anxitey/stress? Testosterone is 6.7 high

I'm 36 yo/f my cortisol blood level is 1.32 mcg, normal range says. 07-.93 could this elevation be caused by anxitey/stress? Testosterone is 6.7 high

High cortisol?: 36F from FL sitates her blood cortisol was 1.32 and normal is 0.7 -.93. And asks could this be caused by anxiety stress. ANS Yes but need to know the stress you are taking about. Injury, surgery etc will elevate it but no likely for psychosocial stress to do it. Were you one any pills? What time of day. Best way to assess cortisol is either with a 24 hr urine or testing in saliva. I do 2nd opinion ...Read more

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Will Lexapro effect my testosterone levels or metabolism? I am currently on Lexapro for anxiety and am wanting to lose weight and after that start gaining muscle. The only problem is I have heard that Lexapro can cause people to gain weight and can lower

Will Lexapro effect my testosterone levels or metabolism? I am currently on Lexapro for anxiety and am wanting to lose weight and after that start gaining muscle. The only problem is I have heard that Lexapro can cause people to gain weight and can lower

Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro (escitalopram) should not effect your testosterone level. However, Lexapro (escitalopram) is in the family of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. These medication can sometimes effect sexual function via the chemical nicotine synthetase which is found in the body.
Some people do gain weight when on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Lexapro (escitalopram) is fairly weight neutral which means that although you could experience weight gain, that most people don't tend to gain or lose a lot of weight on it. Lexapro (escitalopram) use will not prevent you from gaining muscle mass. If you are concerned about body fat and muscle mass, the more important issues are your diet/nutrition, physical activity, adequate hydration and your degree of committment to a healthy life style, . The great thing is, that if you take good care of yourself it might help the condition you are using Lexapro (escitalopram) for. Regular sleep, physical activity, healthy food and making your health and wellbeing a priorty are all things that would positively impact depression, anxiety and a host of other conditions. ...Read more

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Can ptsd and stress cause elevated testosterone and high androgen levels?

Can ptsd and stress cause elevated testosterone and high androgen levels?

The results of: Studies on this subject are conflicting. So there's no conclusive evidence that ptsd can increase testosterone level. As a rule, stress lowers levels of male and female hormones. Take care! Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/m/pubmed/22261549/? I=3&from=/12707485/related. ...Read more

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Is low testosterone due to chronic stress reversible?

Is low testosterone due to chronic stress reversible?

Hypogonadism: Stress would be the last thing on a list of low testosterone levels in a young man. I would first look at the medications, supplements and many other possible things like obesity before I would blame low testosterone on stress. ...Read more

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I have high testosterone and Dhea-s since few years now. I know it's stress related as I m dealing with this constant phobia...how to cope with that? Medically or holistically?

I have high testosterone and Dhea-s since few years now. I know it's stress related as I m dealing with this constant phobia...how to cope with that? Medically or holistically?

An endocrinologist: Is the best type of specialist to see for hormonal imbalance. Holistically, mindfulness meditation and related techniques can help to lower cortisol and relax you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I kinda want to die because I've had insomnia/low testosterone/chronic stress and im 18 and it has stunted my growth and made me ugly. I wanna die so b?

I kinda want to die because I've had insomnia/low testosterone/chronic stress and im 18 and it has stunted my growth and made me ugly. I wanna die so b?

Get help: Get help now. Call crisis line. Search out sleep specialist in your area. It makes me sound how many times I have heard this unfortunately and it can be reversed with improved sleep. Good luck. ...Read more

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Lh higher then fsh, dhea testosterone and andro norm, no cysts, low bmi, stress from divorce, missed 2 periods, pcos or? Stressed out?

Lh higher then fsh, dhea testosterone and andro norm, no cysts, low bmi, stress from divorce, missed 2 periods, pcos or? Stressed out?

Could Stress but - -: There's a lot of variability in hormone levels depending on the timing and other factors that alter body physiology. Stress is one of them, follow up with the doctor is recommended. Consider stress management through counseling and other interventions that boost coping skills. ...Read more

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Noticing hair loss. 40 F. Thyroid, dhea-s, testosterone, zinc, b12 normal. Miscarriage last yr, but derm. Says not cause. Puzzled- Can it be stress?

Noticing hair loss. 40 F. Thyroid, dhea-s, testosterone, zinc, b12 normal. Miscarriage last yr, but derm. Says not cause. Puzzled- Can it be stress?

Look Simple First: Stress can cause hair loss. You listed a lot of tests, but few basic ones. Iron def is an often overlooked cause and may be one the most common. You don't have to have anemia but low iron, simp blood test. Preg or early preg loss. OCPs. Menopause. Thyroid dz. Other B vit def. (biotin). Sig wt loss. PCOS. Meds. Low estrogen. In male pat levels not always high. Consid bx. Basic w/u 1st. PCP 1st. ...Read more

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My testosterone level is 2.8 which is low can it be causing me anxiety?

My testosterone level is 2.8 which is low can it be causing me anxiety?

Seems anything can!: Yes, it is possible and the good news is that if that is the only cause - when you get the level closer to normal, the anxiety will resolve. The anxiety could be a sort of salad though, so it may still leave some from other stuff. But - work w/ your provider on hormone replacement - but be careful and patient. Good therapy can address any remaining anxiety too. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I am 34 and my free testosterone in 16 but. I've anxiety and anger problems. What to do?

I am 34 and my free testosterone in 16 but. I've anxiety and anger problems. What to do?

If your doctor has: Indicated that your testosterone is low ask him/her to help you treat it. Many folks who have anxiety and anger have normal hormone levels so there are a number of factors involved, not only hormones. An endocrinologist can be helpful as can a mental health professional to help you w/anxiety and anger (which may be the result of anxiety. The very best to you. ...Read more

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Had anxiety for 2 months about HIV. Took 4 RNA tests and all negative. Dr. tested me and I have low free testosterone. What could cause this?

The cause of low T: Can be best answered by an endocrinologist. It is fairly common, although not so much in someone your age. The important thing is to get treated because low T can created mood disorders such as yours. There are natural and synthetic T boosters and a doc is the person needed to guide you. Please don't do it alone. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have weekly 'surges' of hormones form low cortisol from over-medicated testosterone and other chemical imbalances, with bad anxiety?

Is it possible to have weekly 'surges' of hormones form low cortisol from over-medicated testosterone and other chemical imbalances, with bad anxiety?

No, not really: Testosterone and cortisol are inversely related. Age, anxiety ; depression can cause cortisol levels to go up. Higher levels are not necessarily due to excess testosterone treatments. Testosterone is an anabolic steroid and causes the buildup of lean muscle mass and strength and cortisol is a catabolic steroid. It does the opposite and is linked to ischemic heart disease due to Insulin resistance. ...Read more

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Can high testosterone in women cause anxiety and panic attacks?

Unlikely: High testosterone in women, such as obesity and pcos, is not good, and can cause some anxiety, but panic would be highly unusual. It could be seen in a woman who makes the mistake of taking exogenous testosterone. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more