Research has estimated that low testosterone levels affect anywhere from two to six million men in the United States. Yet, it is an incredibly underdiagnosed health issue, with only about 5% of those affected actually receiving treatment. This is due to a variety of reasons, but a big issue is the common misconceptions surrounding testosterone due to negative stigmas. Testosterone is vital for your body to function the way it is meant to. It is an important part of maintaining:
- Energy and strength
- Quality of sleep
- Mental health, mood, focus, and memory
- Muscle mass
- Bone strength and density
(Click here to learn more about common misconceptions about TRT).
These effects of low testosterone not only has negative outcomes on their physical health, but also their mental health. The combination of little to no energy and irritability could cause strain on the family as well.
If you think that your spouse or someone you care for is experiencing the following symptoms, you should talk to them about the possibility of having low testosterone levels:
- Always feeling tired with little to no energy? Especially by the afternoon?
- Drained & lacking motivation?
- Decreased libido and an increase in stress?
- Feeling off? Constantly run down?
- Easily irritated?
- Increase in body fat?
- Has losing weight become an ongoing struggle?
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As you can see above, the various signs and symptoms of low testosterone can be very personal and often many do not feel comfortable talking about these issues –
especially because some of these signs seem to be unrelated to one another, and often the issue of low testosterone is not the first problem that comes to mind.
Given that many may be embarrassed to talk about their testosterone, it is common for one to attribute some of these symptoms to something else and it is common for men to be hesitant about mentioning his testosterone levels to his doctor.
How to Approach the Subject of Low Testosterone
Without the proper knowledge and information, it is easy for misconceptions about testosterone replacement therapy to take root. You may say “maybe you have low testosterone?” However, what he may hear is “you’re not man enough!” This is, of course, not the case. Both men and women face hormone imbalance throughout their lives! Your spouse is not alone, so remind him of this when you discuss how he is feeling. You have probably experienced similar symptoms. The key to a healthy dialogue is open communication. Here are some tips we have put together for you:
If you are thinking about confronting your spouse for the first time about the possibility of having low testosterone levels, it is helpful if the conversation is grounded in support for the over all well-being of your spouse’s mental and physical health.
It is also incredibly important to remember this as treatment continues.
Have patience with your spouse, and with the treatment process as well. It may be a stressful and confusing process for him, so it is important to remind him that you would like to be with him every step of the way if that makes him more comfortable.
If your partner struggles with low testosterone, it is essential that you have an understanding on what his mind and body is going through. While he may be more irritable, moody, or lack intimate desires, understanding and educating yourself on the root causes of this could help your ability to remain positive, patient, and supportive.
Refer him to the many articles and medical research available to you through our website and on our blog.
Due to the fact that many of the symptoms and side effects of low testosterone can be life changing, living with this can take a toll on not only your spouse but you as well. This is why communication is essential for both of you, and it is important to be open about this process, and how the treatments are affecting you both! Sharing each other’s thoughts, frustrations, concerns, emotions, and positive changes will help ensure that your treatment is truly transforming your everyday life.
Ask your spouse if he would like for you to accompany him to his regular doctor visits and check-ups.
Constantly remind him that you prioritize his health, that you want him to reach his full potential, and that you desire for him to feel his best!
Enjoying the time you have with your family and spouse is essential to a low stress lifestyle. However, it is hard for anyone to truly take advantage of family time when you don’t feel like your best self. Testosterone replacement therapy addresses these issues and gets your spouse back to feeling like themselves again.
Not only will your spouse feel the difference, but the entire family will too!
Once your partner understands the benefits that testosterone replacement can have on men’s overall health, the next step is simple – Schedule a consultation with Rise Men’s Health, we will do on sight blood tests and in 30 minutes we will give you your results!
The Importance of Quality Labs and Testing
It is unfortunately very common that a patients labs are misinterpreted or their testosterone levels aren’t checked at all.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine this year raises concern over this issue and estimates that “up to 25% of men who receive testosterone therapy do not have their testosterone tested prior to initiation of treatment” and “nearly HALF do not have their levels checked after therapy commences.” – Source
This is due to a wide variety of reasons, including but not limited to the great rise in popularity and administration of TRT, lack of proper knowledge of normal levels of testosterone and related symptoms, and the fact that historically this area wasn’t a high interest for medical professionals.
When levels are not properly monitored and regulated correctly, not only will you continue to suffer from your present symptoms related to low testosterone levels, but also further problems can occur.
At Rise Men’s Health, we take this very seriously.
Quality lab work and proper testing is so important to us that we actually have our own in-office lab to test your bloodwork for a wide variety of levels, and we will provide you with your results in less than 30 minutes!
We also ensure that your levels continue to be monitored throughout your treatment, which we recommend to be done once every 3-6 months depending on your personal treatment plan.
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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.
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