What should I do if I think I have Testosterone Deficiency?
If you think you may have testosterone deficiency, why not complete the assessment? This is a short questionnaire used by doctors to help find out if you might have testosterone deficiency. It’s quick and easy to complete.
If the assessment shows that you may be suffering from testosterone deficiency, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor to talk about your symptoms. Take your completed assessment, as well as our helpful guide to talking with your doctor.
Often men will delay talking to their doctor for months, even years. But the sooner you talk about the issue the quicker you are likely to get your whole life and wellbeing back in balance.
What should I expect?
When you get to your appointment, your doctor will ask you about your symptoms, and assess your health. If your doctor thinks you might have testosterone deficiency, he or she will suggest that you have a simple blood test to measure your testosterone levels. The blood test should be performed in the morning. In case the first blood test is abnormal, another one should be done on a different day, in the morning, to confirm the diagnosis.
If your blood test results show low testosterone levels and you have symptoms of testosterone deficiency, the doctor may either refer you to a specialist or directly recommend an appropriate course of action.
There are certain changes you can make in your daily habits to help you boost your natural level of testosterone:
Effective treatment will aim to restore testosterone levels to normal and should mean a gradual improvement in energy levels, sex drive/libido, erectile function, concentration and general mood.
If testosterone treatment is recommended for you, the various testosterone replacement therapies include: topical gels applied to the skin each day and injections into the muscle.
The treatment that’s best for you will depend on what you and your doctor decide.
Having a prepared list in hand is a great way to make sure that you ask the important questions and get the answers you need. It will also help you to answer questions your doctor may ask.
Print or email this helpful guide to talking with your doctor.
Remember, only your doctor can decide if you need a blood test. So the more information you provide will help them decide what’s best for you.