There has been a 59.3% decline in total sperm count across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand according to a new analysis. Identifying low testosterone is paramount in learning about the quality of your sperm.
- What Is Testosterone?
- Why Should You Test Your Testosterone?
- Who Should Get Tested?
- Learn How To Boost Your Testosterone Levels
What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a steroid hormone, which is incredibly important for a man's health. It is produced in the testicles also in the adrenal gland to a lesser degree, located near the kidney. For women, there is a small amount of testosterone produced in the ovarian glands.
It’s a really important hormone that influences bone health, cardiovascular health, mental health and contributes to many other bodily functions. For example, a lack of testosterone can lead to signs of depression. It is also involved in the making of healthy sperm cells, as well as the maintenance of a healthy erection. A lack of testosterone can also lead to erectile dysfunction.
Testosterone levels decline from the age of 30, but the decline can accelerated due to a variety of factors including stress, obesity, genetic disorders, lack of exercise, medications or performance enhancing supplements. This makes it important for a man to regularly test his testosterone levels.
Why Should You Test Your Testosterone?
Most recently, testosterone has been linked to the early development of cardiovascular disease and the loss of bone density, which can lead to conditions such as osteopenia and osteoporosis. If an older man has concerns because of a family history or just a general low testosterone level, it would be advised to get checked.
Testosterone is critical to a man’s performance controling muscle mass, strength, adequate levels of red blood cells and bone density. It also contributes to a sense of well-being, fertility and sexual function.
If detected early, lifestyle choices or medical treatments can be very effective at reducing long term complications such as erectile dysfunction, infertility or cardiovascular disease, caused by low testosterone levels. Early detection is a key player and significant reason to get involved with regular testing.
Who Should Get Tested?
Any man can test their testosterone levels, whether it’s out of curiosity or if they feel they may have a low testosterone level. It would be encouraged that men who attend the gym regularly, take gym supplements or steroids check their testosterone on a regular basis. Along with gym goers, men who may be suffering from symptoms of depression, low libido or erectile dysfunction should get tested. If a man or a couple trying to conceive feel they may have a fertility issue, the man should consider getting their testosterone checked.
It would also be advised to get checked if you have a sudden decrease in your sex drive, if you have an inability to maintain an erection. Men who are feeling a bit more sluggish or depressed as they are getting older should monitor their testosterone levels for reference.
Learn How To Boost Your Testosterone Levels
To learn more about boosting your testosterone, check out Dr. Dominic Rowley's tips here:
Written by Hannah Kingston | Approved by Medical Director Dominic Rowley