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Drop In Testosterone
Sense your testosterone drops as you grow older, will you ever have less testosterone as an older person than you did before you hit puberty?
Possible...: Testosterone production peaks and plateaus around age 30. Afterwards, it slowly declines by roughly 1% every year, but usually still maintains at its normal lows with reasonable manhood in life. But, some may be functionally affected by low t. How to interpret low t? It can be tricky and needs to correlate with overall functionality and other comorbid conditions such as diabetes, obesity, thyroid. ...Read more
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My husband has to get testosterone shots. We're trying to get pregnant. Does it drop sperm count and make it harder to get pregnant?
Yes: The testes do two main things - make testosterone & make sperm. Outside testosterone shuts off pituitary hormones that stimulate both functions, so so sperm count drops v low. Depending on the cause of the low t, treatment options may include living w/ slightly low t but nl sperm count until conception occurs, taking shots of pituitary hormones, or ivf with sperm injected into egg (icsi). ...Read more
Does testosterone level drop after orchiectomy (1 ball)permanently? I have below the normal range 8 days postop. Will one ball make up for the lost one?
You'll catch up: Sorry about your loss. You probably won't notice the loss in terms of your function (partner, pictures, fantasy) in any case. Eventually it'll normalize as your spare grows some extra testosterone-producing cells to make up. Stop worrying and be glad that you're recovering from injury / tumor / other mishap. Best wishes. ...Read more
My husband (aged 36) has noticed a drop in his libido. He rarely or never wakes up with an erection, has lost interest. Could this be low testosterone?
Urologist: There are various factors that can affect his libido and desire stress level physical activities. He should get physical exam. Thyroid tests. And list of medication he is taking now that can affect his libido make sure take all medications with him. If still no desire see urologist and check testosterone level. ...Read more
If mild,: Consider these harmless lifestyle changes that can boost yor testosterone naturally: sleep hygiene to improve sleep quality and duration (even a few days of poor sleep can drop testosterone levels), lose weight, and optimize the treatment of any chronic disease you may have (uncontrolled illness can lower testosterone). ...Read more
Specialized glands: Brain signals regulateleydig cells in the testes which secrete testosterone. In males, most of the testosterone is produced in the testes and a small amount is derived from the adrenal gland. In females, small amounts of testosterone are produced in the ovaries and derived from the adrenal gland. ...Read more
Go see ur family doc: Are you a male or female? For what purpose do you want to lower your testosterone? For men w/prostate cancer, chemotherapy is an option to lower T but not w/o increasing heart disease risk. For women w/polycystic ovarian syndrome or hirsutism, we often prescribe off-label spironolactone for its anti-androgen effect. Regardless, you need to chat w/your family doc to determine what's best for you. ...Read more
Testosterone decreases1.5-1.8% every year after age 40. It's not just about sex and sex drive!
testosterone is important in many areas including bone health, energy level, Insulin resistance and depression among many other areas. There have been studies linking low testosterone with increased risk of all cause mortality. ...Read more
Multiple factors: Many variable at play here. First is to optimize nutrition. You need healthy fats, including some saturated fat for hormone production. Cholesterol level needs to be optimal (not too low). Avoid high amounts of carbs, which can lead to metabolic syndrome and low testosterone. High body fat can cause excess estrogen which can lower testosterone. Need optimal sleep (7-8 hrs). Heavy weight training. ...Read more
Depends upon age...: During fetal development, testosterone is useful to make genetic male look like a boy when born. In adolescence, T is useful during puberty in developing secondary sexual characteristics eg hair etc. While low T can account for many conditions such as fatigue, depression, loss of sex drive, etc, there are many more common reasons for this than low T. Excess T is bad, too, so not DIY project. ...Read more
Same as in men: Low testosterone levels in men and women can be returned to normal by testosterone supplementation in order to improve mood, thinking/memory, bone strength, sex drive plus erectile function in men. Testosterone supplementation can help increase muscle & decrease fat in those who also exercise & eat properly. Testosterone has similar risks in both men & women including heart attack & stroke, etc. ...Read more
As directed by doc!: Typically, Androderm (testosterone) is applied daily to dry clean portion of back or shoulder. You can also apply to upper arms, upper thighs & even abdomen. You should use a different site each day. Check out http://www. Androderm (testosterone).Com/p/what_is_androderm/how_apply. Asp for more info from manufacturer. ...Read more
If initially prone..: First realize that everyone has some testosterone in him/her. So testosterone, in & of itself, won't "make" someone violent. However, there are some concerns that excess testosterone can lead to what's referred to as 'roid rage, akin to road rage. With that said, most docs w/experience in TRT will tell you that those who became violent on TRT had excess T & were already prone to violence even b4 ...Read more
Probably none: If you're asking about "cycling" testosterone, it probably means you're taking it without a medical indication or doctor's prescription. If that's true, you shouldn't be taking it at all. It won't help you and has multiple dangerous potential side effects. If, on the other hand, you're taking it appropriately on prescription, it is daily without cycling. ...Read more
48 hour Peak: Testosterone injection usually result in peak levels by 48 hours post injection. Then the decline to baseline occurs. Depending on initial dose will determine how quickly the decline back to initial baseline occurs. 2 weeks is usually the max amount of time that should occur between injections. ...Read more
No, . ..: No known natural supplement can help increase T-level but healthy lifestyle without overindulgence / obsession although so constantly & commercially touted online. Men's T starts its annual decline of 1-1.5% usually after 30. T's normal range is about 300-1000 ng/dl. But, nowadays, its earlier decline than it used to be has been common resulting from more men with poor lifestyle, drug abuse... ...Read more
Don't understand: Are you wanting you lower your current testosterone level or are you worried about losing it in the future. Your testosterone is now the highest it will be during your entire life. It will decline slowly and normally as you get older. There is no safe and appropriate way to lower it, but there is no need to do so. If it does fall too low, replacement is available later in life. ...Read more
I assume that you are a male.
He gold standard is the morning blood test of total testosterone. If you have no other metabolic abnormalities, then a level below 300ng/dl is diagnostic for low-t.
Saliva & urine tests are available, but they are not diagnostic nor accepted by current guidelines. ...Read more