Some common symptoms for men in their late 40s and early 50s include depression, erectile dysfunction, loss of libido (sex drive), and other physical and emotional symptoms. These include:
Decreased muscle mass
- Fatigue and a lack of enthusiasm or energy
- Mood swings
- Hot flush
- Fat redistribution, such as developing a large belly or “man boobs” (gynaecomastia)
- Increased sweating
- Poor concentration and short-term memory
These symptoms are not necessarily caused by hormonal changes, and more likely to be due to stress, anxiety, and certain lifestyle patterns. But they can interfere with everyday life and happiness, so it’s important to find the underlying cause and work out what can be done to resolve it.
There is no specific preparation advice for this test. The requesting doctor will provide you with all necessary information.During the test
This test is a simple blood test. A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the inner arm near the elbow, and a small amount of blood is drawn. You may feel a pricking or scratching sensation.
If the testing was requested by our clinic, one of our doctors will call you with an explanation of the results and suggestions for follow-ups if needed. After the discussion with the doctor you will receive by email a copy of the results for your records.
If the testing was requested by a diferent clinic we will email you the results to the address provided at registration.
Not all men experience the same level of hormonal decline, but when testosterone levels significantly decrease, the doctor may diagnose you with andropause.
The testes do secrete lower levels of testosterone with age, which can lead to symptoms such as loss of libido, depression, fatigue, and irritability.
Yes, some prescription medications can affect testosterone levels, including treatments for fungal infections, GERD, high blood pressure, and heart failure, as well as statins, antidepressants and chemotherapy drugs.
Some opioids (pain relief) may also affect testosterone. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned about medication and hormone levels.
Yes. Exercising regularly and, if possible, having more sex, can increase your body’s testosterone levels. Overweight can reduce the amount of testosterone available to the body, so losing weight can also help.