To all the men out there, do any of you feel like you’re constantly weak and tired, gaining weight and having a hard time in the bedroom?
Chances are you might actually have below-normal testosterone levels. It could be a condition known as hypogonadism.
This could also be an indicator for varicoceles (abnormal enlargement of the pampiniform venous plexus in the scrotum) or other genetic conditions.
Hypogonadism is a problem that becomes progressively more common as men age but can affect a younger man for a variety of reasons (tumors on the pituitary gland which controls testosterone production), problems with the testicles, injury, infections, and being overweight).
The sad truth is not every man who has this condition is getting the right help that they need. Why? Being tired and overweight is common as men get older and no man wants to admit he’s having a hard time ‘getting it up’ with their partner.
Signs of Hypogonadism:
Always feeling tired regardless of how much sleep you get,
- your diet and exercise regime
- Muscle weakness especially when it comes to lifting heavy
- objects or carrying anything for long periods of time
- Weight gain, especially around the waist. Extra fat acts
- like a sponge and saps out testosterone out of the blood, decreasing
- energy levels, libido and other male-related characteristics
- Low bone density
- Low interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Soft or small testicles
- Mid-life crisis – unsatisfied with career, partner, or their whole life in general.
- Diabetes – high sugar levels in blood and or low insulin levels harm the cells in the testicle that are responsible for making testosterone
Signs of Varicoceles
- An aching or dragging-like pain felt within the scrotum
- Heavy feeling in the testicles
- Atrophy (shrinking and softening) of the testicles
- Visible and can be felt enlarged vein
- Significantly disproportioned testicles
If you experience majority of these signs it’s best to get your hormone levels checked by a doctor. If are indeed suffering from hypogonadism you may be recommended testosterone replacement through supplements.
Hypogonadism can degrade your overall health and well-being. Having this condition puts you at risk for frailty, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.
Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully as a severe increase of testosterone can actually have negative effects on your body.
Negative effects of too much testosterone are: increased risks of prostate and cardiovascular diseases, becoming sterile, and testicle shrinking and softness.
On the other hand if you are diagnosed with varicoceles you would need a Varicocelectomy, which is the surgical correction of the enlargement.
Testosterone is a very important factor in men’s health and any imbalance or condition can dramatically affect his over-all well-being.
Whether you want to improve your athletic ability, improve your ‘performance’ in the bedroom or just a check-up don’t be shy and go for it! In terms of hormones self-treatment can be very risky.