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What is Testosterone Deficiency?

Testosterone deficiency, or hypogonadism, is a constellation of symptoms resulting from a progressive decline in blood testosterone levels to an abnormally low level.

Testosterone is the essential hormone in men for sexual desire and sexual function, and it also has important quality of life effects on energy, muscle, bone, cardiovascular health and brain function.

Research suggests that 20% of men over 60 and up to 50% of men over the age of 80 suffer from the clinical diagnosis of testosterone deficiency.

Testosterone levels decline with some medical conditions (like diabetes and obesity), and/or the use of medications (like opioid pain medication).

Since testosterone levels can also decline after age 30 or 40 at a rate of approximately 1- 2 % per year, some men may notice symptoms of low testosterone as early as their 40’s or 50’s.

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Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency

Signs and symptoms associated with testosterone deficiency include:

Sexual Signs and Symptoms

  • Reduced sex drive
  • Reduced erectile function

Physical Signs and Symptoms

  • Reduced energy
  • Reduced endurance
  • Diminished work performance
  • Diminished physical performance
  • Loss of body hair
  • Reduced beard growth
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced lean muscle mass
  • Obesity
  • Change in sleep pattern

Cognitive Signs and Symptoms

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Reduced motivation
  • Poor concentration
  • Poor memory
  • Irritability

The ideal outcome from testosterone therapy is improved sexual function, libido, and energy level.

Causes of Testosterone Deficiency in Men

The causes of testosterone deficiency are numerous and are traditionally divided into two main categories: Primary causes and Secondary causes.

Primary Causes

In primary hypogonadism, either a congenital (born with it) or acquired (mumps, trauma, radiation) testicular problem exists such that the testes cannot produce enough testosterone.

Secondary Causes

Secondary hypogonadism accounts for the majority of low testosterone cases. In this type, testosterone level is low as a result of complex physiological and behavioural factors that interfere with the testosterone production in the otherwise normally formed testicles. Common examples of these conditions are obesity, diabetes, head trauma, etc.

Screening for Testosterone Deficiency

There are multiple screening tools employed to screen for testosterone deficiency. ADAM Screening is one of the most widely used questionnaires for this purpose, and RevibeMD has developed an online version of the ADAM test that you can take now for instant feedback.

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Low Testosterone Assessment in Regina or Saskatoon

Our doctor will evaluate your situation and offer a thorough assessment.

RevibeMD Regina and Saskatoon clinics offer a testosterone assessment, but do not directly offer testosterone replacement therapy. If our doctor determines that you may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy you will be referred for that treatment.

Related treatments we offer include:

Patients should do everything they can to improve their vascular and aerobic health. Exercise is very important as is a good diet.

Lifestyle changes may allow a man to achieve an erection more easily. Some of the potential lifestyle changes a man can try include:

  • Quitting smoking.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Reducing the consumption of alcohol.
  • Eliminating the use of recreational drugs.

A man may also want to undergo counselling to help with stress, anxiety, or depression. Changes of this kind are intended to improve the ability to have sexual intercourse without worrying about ED symptoms.