You may cringe a little when guys mention symptoms of low T. That’s assuming you’re open to discussing them with other men – low T symptoms range from the invisible to things that might truly shock you, like larger breasts and smaller testicles.
Yes, low T can actually shrink your balls and cause other symptoms that can make you feel like less of a man. But you’re not powerless here. Let’s review why some men get the uglier symptoms of low T and what they can do about it – and what you can do too.
Testosterone is the Man Hormone
You’re already familiar with the ABCs of testosterone. It’s the most famous androgen, or male sex hormone. Among other things, it deepens your voice and puts hair on your chest. Testosterone helps you build muscles and fuels your sex drive. In fact, it even contributes to your penis size and famously helps you get wood.
Most of your testosterone comes from the testicles, though it’s made in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. And your pituitary gland plays a role too, by releasing luteinizing hormone (LT) when testosterone gets low. This tells the testiscles to get with the program and make more of this most manliest of hormones.
Testosterone is low when you’re a boy. Then ‘the change’ happens and you go through puberty. That’s when you’ll first get body hair and your voice gets deep. And your sex drive…well, you know what happens then.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Each man is different, but testosterone tends to peak between age 30 and 40. After that it tapers off, generally at 10% each decade. That’s when you may start noticing these symptoms, which may get worse if you don’t do something about them: