Normal Sexual Changes vs Symptoms of Low Testosterone

As you age, your body changes. Your memory begins to slip. Your joints may ache. Your afternoon jog might have to turn into an evening stroll. And the list goes on: your eyesight, hearing, and cognitive ability may not be what it once was. Even though these changes may be unwelcome, the majority of them are normal.

Normal Changes as You Age

While the rest of your body changes, so does your sexual ability. Some men may find it a bit harder to find themselves in the mood. Others may find it relatively difficult to perform as long or as passionately as they once had. These changes are typical of men in their 40s or 50s. Others may experience:

  • Difficulty maintaining erections
  • Erections that take longer to occur
  • Low sperm count
  • Decrease in the force of ejaculations
  • Premature or delayed ejaculation

While these symptoms are undesirable, they should not be difficult to manage. But what if your symptoms are more extreme? What if your symptoms are the result of a more serious condition?

Low Testosterone and Andropause

As many as 13 million American men suffer from what is known as andropause, or low testosterone. Andropause is categorized as significant drops in testosterone in men over the age of 50 resulting in moderate to extreme symptoms.

Symptoms of andropause can vary greatly from person to person. The most commonly observed symptoms include:

  • Decreased energy
  • Decreased libido or interest in sex
  • Infertility
  • Inability to have an erection
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle aches
  • Sleeplessness
  • Depression
  • Or bone loss

Although the symptoms of andropause are not life-threatening, they may threaten your quality of life and your relationship. If you believe you may be suffering from low testosterone or andropause, consider the following:

1. Talk to your doctor or health professional. There are tests available to determine the cause of your symptoms. Your doctor should be able to provide insight as to how to manage your condition.

2. Be honest with your partner. Although some symptoms may be embarrassing, engaging your partner in an open discussion with what's wrong will strengthen your relationship. If you are experiencing sexual troubles, talk with your partner about trying new positions are techniques.

3. If your doctor prescribes medications, be sure you strictly adhere to the regimen. Too many men forget their medication resulting in adverse effects.