Testosterone has taken a beating lately. We all know that it’s the hormone that makes guys, well, guys. It’s also associated with ultra-macho, boorish behavior, excessive body hair, and other unwanted things. That said, it’s still an essential hormone for men (and for women too, believe it or not), and if you don’t have enough of it, you could find yourself experiencing a variety of not-very-enjoyable side effects. So do you need more testosterone? Read on to find out.

Libido Lying Low

Not feeling as romantic as you used to? Not as interested in sex as you used to be? Could be a natural part of getting older, problems at work, depression, or troubles in your relationship with your significant other. Or it could be that you’re a little (or a lot) low on testosterone. When those T levels start to drop, your sex life is often not far behind.

Feeling Blue

Depression can be caused by a number of factors, including low T. In fact, men with inadequate testosterone levels are four times more than men with normal levels to suffer from depression.

Tired and Drained

If you wake up in the morning after what you think was a full night’s sleep and you’re still feeling exhausted, you might need a new mattress or fewer bedroom distractions (like the TV or snack foods). Or it could be that you’re running a little low on testosterone, which is involved in regulating your energy levels.

Weakness

If you’re a regular exerciser and you’ve started experiencing bouts of muscle weakness or an unexplained reduction in stamina when doing your usual workout, it’s probably not related to your physical conditioning (although if you don’t exercise regularly, your lack of activity could very well be the prime suspect). It might be your diet or an early indication that you’re coming down with something. Or it could be low testosterone.

The Dreaded ED

ED, or erectile dysfunction, is something you should always take very seriously. Sometimes your inability to achieve or maintain an erection is caused by a serious condition such as heart disease or diabetes. But ED can also be caused by something a little less life-threatening: low testosterone. So while you’re talking to your medical provider about your ED, ask about getting your T levels tested.

Before you take any steps to increase testosterone levels on your own, talk with a trusted medical provider. Some of those sure-fire pills and other “cures” that you can buy on the Internet or from a late-night TV ad may actually be dangerous. So put down the remote control and back away from the computer right now.

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