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Five signs you may have low testosterone — guest post by Dr. Larry Lipschultz

happy faceLow testosterone, also referred to as hypogonadism, may result in significant side effects, such as male infertility. Because low testosterone symptoms may mimic the effects of other disorders, and because patients may feel embarrassed to discuss their experiences with a medical practitioner, individuals may fail to recognize symptoms of low testosterone. However, men should pay attention to their bodies if common signs of low testosterone occur. By contacting a trusted men’s health practice, you may be able to improve testosterone levels and prevent potential risks.

Decreased Sex Drive

Noticing a dip or significant drop in your sex drive does not necessarily point to an emotional issue or something you can take care of on your own. This may point to a low testosterone level. While your sex drive may decrease naturally as you age, an apparent testosterone issue may contribute to a lack of desire to have sex, as well as a decreased ability to reach orgasm.


If you find you have been having conception problems with your significant other, your infertility may be the result of low testosterone. This hormone plays an important role in sperm production. As testosterone drops, so does sperm count and your ability to conceive. Your men’s health doctor will test your blood to determine whether your infertility rests solely on low testosterone levels, which may affect a more comprehensive hormonal imbalance.

Erectile Dysfunction

Low testosterone may result in erectile dysfunction. The relationship here is twofold. First, low levels of testosterone often result in a loss of genital sensation. When your sensation drops, your ability to receive stimulation and achieve an erection decreases. In addition, testosterone supports a subsequent process involving the release of nitric oxide, which acts as a vasodilator, or widening of blood cells. When this reaction fails to occur, achieving or sustaining an erection becomes difficult or impossible.


When you experience feelings of decreased energy and fatigue, consider whether you have done anything to alter your usual routine. If you have not overexerted yourself, changed your diet significantly, or experienced sleeping problems, you may look to low testosterone as the underlying cause. Particularly when experienced in combination with mood swings, weight gain, and loss of muscle mass, fatigue may be your red flag that your hormones need a rebalance.

Changes in Mood

If you notice that you have been feeling depressed lately, but no major changes have occurred in your life, low testosterone is a possible culprit. Hormones play a key role in your mental and emotional balance. If it isn’t depression, in which you experience feelings of guilt and extreme sadness , you may notice you become irritable. Or, you may find you feel fine but the people surrounding you in your life begin to complain that you have become quite moody.

About Dr. Larry Lipschultz

Larry Lipschultz, M.D. is one of the leading experts on male reproductive medicine and microsurgery, and contributes to education as a professor at Baylor College of Medicine. He has trained an extensive number of urologists and heads a urology practice that offers comprehensive services for men’s health. His practice is located in Houston, and offers services that focus on infertility, erectile dysfunction, nutrition, and other men’s health issues.



Natural ways to relieve hot flashes in men — guest post by Dr. Bruce Thomas

Hot flashes are a well-known staple of menopause, but did you know that men have to deal with hot flashes too? It’s true. Like women, men rely on a delicate balance of hormones. These hormones make up the language that cells use to communicate with one another. These chemical messengers are responsible for carrying out the function of some 60 trillion cells through the human body. As women age, these hormone levels begin to shift. This transitional period is known as menopause.

In men, a similar shift takes place, only in men, the change is more gradual, and so men will often ignore and dismiss symptoms or simply attribute them to getting older. This change is referred to as andropause or “male menopause.” Symptoms of andropause include muscle loss, weight gain, fatigue, irritability, depression, erectile dysfunction, low libido and yes, hot flashes.

Here are some natural ways that men can avoid hot flashes:

Lose the spare tire – Weight gain, estrogen and hot flashes are all very closely related. Hot flashes are typically caused by elevated estrogen levels. Men who have high estrogen levels are more prone to weight gain. Conversely, men who are overweight or obese are more likely to experience elevated estrogen levels. While relationship between weight and hormonal imbalance is still not entirely understood, many studies suggest that men who exercise regularly can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes.

Avoid these trigger foods – Hot flashes can also be caused by diet. For instance, spicy foods, such as peppers, curry and chili, can overstimulate nerve endings and cause blood vessels to dilate, resulting in a hot flash. Simple sugars and carbohydrates are also well-known triggers. Sugars and carbs trigger hot flashes by elevating blood sugar, which causes a spike in body temperature. In an effort to cool itself down, the body attempts to “flush” out the heat. Alcohol is another big one. A drink here and there is fine. But excessive alcohol consumption actually raises levels of estrogen within the blood over time, making you more susceptible to symptoms of hormonal imbalance, such as estrogen.

Balance hormones naturally – While exercise and diet play a critical role in the management of andropausal symptoms, sometimes lifestyle changes aren’t enough. If you’ve tried hitting the gym and you’ve made it a point to eat the right foods and you’re still not feeling your best, your hormones may require a little extra push to get you back to 100 percent. Restoring hormone balance is easier than you might think and many men notice significant results within the first few weeks of treatment. Men who think that they might require hormone replacement therapy are urged to consult speak with their physician about finding a treatment option that’s right for them.

This post was written by Dr. Bruce Thomas, Sterling Bioidentical Hormones expert. Dr. Thomas is part of BodyLogicMD, a network of physicians across the country who focus on bioidentical hormones to help with symptoms of menopause, andropause (the male menopause), adrenal fatigue, and more negative effects of aging.

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