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Testosterone Deficiency

Testosterone is a male hormone primarily produced in the testicles.
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Testosterone Deficiency (Low Testosterone Treatment)

Testosterone is a male hormone primarily produced in the testicles. It is a vital hormone that helps maintain a man’s bone density, sex drive, facial and body hair, muscle strength and mass, sperm as well as red blood cell production.
Lack of testosterone, often nicknamed testosterone deficiency syndrome, can result in undesirable symptoms linked to the above factors.

What is testosterone deficiency syndrome?

Testosterone deficiency syndrome is a medical term used to describe male hypogonadism. As testosterone levels peak by early adulthood and decrease by nearly 1-2% annually by the time you hit your 40s, testosterone deficiency tends to be more prevalent among older men.
This condition can also be described as sperm production and testosterone biochemical deficiency.

What are the symptoms of testosterone deficiency?

There are numerous potential symptoms that you may experience while suffering from testosterone deficiency, including:

  • Depression
  • Obesity triggered by worsening metabolic disease
  • Diminished muscle strength
  • Erection problems which are characterized by achieving and maintaining an erection
  • Lethargy or low energy
  • Brain fog or poor concentration
  • Low libido
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Are there any side effects of low testosterone?

There is increasing evidence that a lack of testosterone can potentially have long-term, serious effects on your body as a man.

In males with dangerously low testosterone levels, the bones can possibly become very weak, potentially resulting in a condition referred to as osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that can make you highly susceptible to injury.

It is worth noting that one particular study also linked low levels of testosterone to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases as well as other metabolic conditions such as fatty liver, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels.

How can I check my testosterone levels in Singapore?

Diagnosing low testosterone levels require a blood test. Bearing in mind that the levels of testosterone can potentially fluctuate during the day, you may have to undergo at least two tests. Your doctor may take the blood test in the morning, which is when the amount of testosterone is highest.

How is testosterone deficiency treated in Singapore?

If your testosterone levels are very low and you also experience symptoms that could be impacting your overall life in one way or another, your doctor might recommend treatment.

Note: It is very possible to have low levels and not experience any symptoms. If you don’t have any key symptoms –such as sexual dysfunction and fatigue– it is recommended that you seek treatment too.

If there is no medical condition that’s contributing to your decline in testosterone levels, your doctor may suggest natural techniques to boost testosterone, such as;

  • Enhancing muscle mass through resistance training
    Research has proven that HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) exercise can potentially boost your testosterone production by up to 17%. An increase in testosterone levels can be felt within six months. Resistant weight training can also temporarily increase testosterone levels.
  • Reducing body fat
    You can safely and effectively minimize your body fat through diet and exercise.

However, if your doctor thinks testosterone replacement therapy is right for you, there are a variety of delivery techniques, including:

  • Oral therapy
    With this type of treatment, capsules are swallowed or tablets are attached to your gum or inner cheek twice daily. The hormone is then absorbed into your bloodstream.
  • Injections
    If you are not willing to take daily pills, then this type of testosterone therapy should be your ultimate option. The injection is administered once every month.
  • Gel
    This is arguably the best mode of testosterone therapy. This is because it leads to better absorption and the most stable levels compared to capsule and injection administration. This gel is applied to your skin. It is important to thoroughly wash your hands after applying it and to cover the treatment area to prevent exposing those close to you to testosterone.


Is male menopause factual?
In the medical world, there is nothing like male menopause or andropause. This is simply because there is usually no substantial reduction in testosterone levels among men as compared to a notable reduction of estrogen levels in women. Simply put, there is no ‘pause’ per se. The best way to accurately describe this scenario is to refer to the condition as androgen or testosterone deficiency or male hypogonadism.
What role does testosterone play in your body?

Testosterone plays a crucial role in a man’s overall life. It is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics during the fetal developmental phase and triggers secondary male characteristics such as facial hair, pubic hair, and penile and testicle growth during puberty. What’s more, testosterone plays a vital role in bone health, sperm production, sex drive, mood, cardiovascular health, mass muscle preservation as well as the ability to have an erection.

Should you talk to your doctor about testosterone therapy?

If you think you may have testosterone deficiency, then you should consider talking to your doctor about your concerns. Of course, your doctor will discuss both the risks and benefits associated with testosterone treatment.

What happens if low testosterone is left untreated?

Even though testosterone deficiency won’t threaten your life in any way, it can impact both your quality of life and your relationship. And bearing in mind that some male deficiency symptoms can be nonspecific, it can be quite tough to successfully diagnose this condition. Some of these nonspecific symptoms may include weight gain, tiredness as well as mood swings. If left untreated, there is a possibility that this condition can easily result in the worsening of symptoms associated with hypogonadism, such as erectile dysfunction and reduced quality of life.

How prevalent is low testosterone?

Research shows that nearly 10% of men may develop hypogonadism at some point in their lifetime. What’s more, testosterone deficiency has been linked to diabetes, obesity as well as high cholesterol levels. It has also been shown that obese men have testosterone levels that are at least 25% lower than males with a healthy weight.

Can low testosterone lead to erectile dysfunction?

Yes, low testosterone can cause erectile dysfunction.

How fast will you feel better after testosterone therapy?

Most patients feel improvement in symptoms within four to six weeks of undergoing testosterone replacement therapy. However, physical changes such as an increase in muscle mass may take up to six months.

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