Testosterone is a hormone that belongs to the family of hormones known as the androgens. It is a sex hormone as we all know, produced by the testes and is responsible for making a man “manly”.
Its functions that makes it a very invaluable hormone in man include that it helps in deepening a man’s voice, increase his sex drive, bone and muscle mass, improve erectile function, provides lots of energy for the body, sperm production and also helps in the production of red blood cells.
This hormone is also present in women but about 20 times less than the quantity produced in men. In women, it is produced by the ovaries and the adrenal gland.
What are the symptoms of low secretion of testosterone (andropause)?
Women as we all know reach a certain age in their lives that they are said to have entered menopause (the time in a woman’s life when she gradually stops having periods i.e. blood flow from her womb each month).
In men however, there are no distinctive period called menopause. Because of this, some doctors in some quarters prefer to call a decline in the production of men’s sex hormone (testosterone) as andropause. The process unlike that of women is slow.
As earlier stated, testosterone carries out some functions that makes a man, a man. One can easily guess the symptoms of low secretion of testosterone. Below are some of the symptoms:
Low testosterone treatment is possible and there are high success rates recoded in the treatment. Some ways of treating andropause include:
Cortisol, a steroid hormone produced during physical or mental tension has an inverse relationship with testosterone and as such, subjecting yourself to too much stress will cause an increase in cortisol and a corresponding decrease in testosterone level.
Intake of testosterone boosting foods: some foods are known to help boost testosterone level. They include pomegranate, olive oil, oysters, coconut, cruciferous vegetables, garlic, etc.
Therapy: there are also therapeutic treatments for andropause. Some of such therapies that can be used include: the application of testosterone-containing gels on the skin and allowing it to diffuse into the blood, injection of the hormone into the muscles, attachment of testosterone pallets, etc.