Associated with physical prowess, mental strength, high sex drive, and overall happiness - testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. With that said, as a male, when your testosterone levels dip - your day to day life may be affected.

Let us take you through everything you need to know about low testosterone symptoms in men and how to test your testosterone levels from home.


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Low Testosterone Symptoms: What You Should Know


Testosterone is a sex hormone - it’s made in the testes in men and small quantities are produced in the adrenal glands above the kidneys.

As men begin to age, their testosterone levels naturally drop [1]. This underproduction of testosterone can bring with it a number of symptoms.

What Happens When A Man’s Testosterone Is Low?

Low testosterone symptoms include:

  • Low sex drive

  • Increased difficulty in achieving an erection

  • Fatigue

  • Low mood or mood swings

  • Lower semen volume

  • Increased body fat

  • Hair loss (this is also dependant on genetics)

  • Loss of muscle mass

  • Decreased bone density

  • Increased likelihood of gynecomastia (enlargement of breast tissue)

Can Low Testosterone Be Treated?

Harvard Medical School notes that many men with low testosterone use testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to restore low levels [2] - but this isn’t the only option.

Try adopting the following lifestyle changes to improve your testosterone levels as well as your overall well being [3]:

  • Maintain a healthy weight

  • Exercise regularly

  • Eat protein-rich foods

  • Get sufficient sleep

  • Moderate alcohol intake

  • Avoid smoking


How To Test Testosterone At Home


If you want to rule out hormonal imbalances, it’s essential to test your testosterone levels.

When it comes to diagnosing low testosterone, it’s crucial that you measure both types - free biologically active testosterone which is located in the bloodstream, and bound biologically inactive testosterone in the bloodstream.

By measuring total testosterone, alongside oestradiol and prolactin, you’ll receive the most comprehensive insight into your hormonal health.

Why Choose An At Home Testosterone Test?

With LetsGetChecked at home Testosterone Test, you’re free to take the test at a time that works for you in the comfort and privacy of your own home - you don't need to deviate from your busy schedule, sit in waiting rooms or take time off work.



Not only do you have access to your test results 24/7, but you also have access to the LetsGetChecked team who are there to offer you support at every step of the way.

The medical team will call you to talk you through your results and offer you guidance should any of your results sit outside normal levels.

Your fast and accurate results will be available to you on your secure LetsGetChecked account within a week of taking the test.

How Do You Collect A Sample For A Testosterone Test?


Written by Hannah Kingston | Medically Approved by Dr. Dominic Rowley


References

  1. J. Howland. Mayo Clinic Minute: Low testosterone levels can affect men. Online: MayoClinic.org, 2019.

  2. M. Solan. Treating low testosterone levels. Online: Health.Harvard.edu. 2019.

  3. NHS. Low testosterone levels 'linked to chronic diseases'. Online: NHS.uk. 2018.