Written on January 30, 2023 by Sendra Yang, PharmD, MBA. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.
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As you age, your hair turns gray, and you may notice more wrinkles on your skin. Other things also change as you age, including your hormones. In men, testosterone is a hormone that declines with age . If you are over 40 years old, it’s important to understand more about testosterone and how to think about your levels.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone produced primarily by the testicles in men . It plays a crucial role in developing and maintaining male physiological characteristics such as muscle mass, bone density, and body hair [1,2]. Testosterone also helps regulate mood, sex drive, and sperm production [1,2]. As men age, their testosterone levels decline naturally . The testosterone decline can start as early as age 30 and continue through the remainder of a man’s life .
According to the American Urological Association (AUA), a testosterone level below 300 ng/dL should be diagnosed as a low level of testosterone . Low testosterone in men, sometimes referred to as male hypogonadism or low T, can cause various symptoms and lead to unwanted health concerns. Common symptoms of low testosterone in men can include [2,3]:
Some of these symptoms can also be caused by other health conditions. Not all men with low testosterone will experience all of these symptoms [2,3].
If you are concerned about your testosterone levels, you should consider getting tested. The tests available measures the different types of testosterones in your blood or saliva. The most common testosterone tests are :
Everlywell provides an at-home lab test that will measure and help you understand your testosterone level. With Everlywell, your test result will provide detailed information on whether your free testosterone level is normal, low, or high. When you receive your results, you’ll also receive lifestyle tips for maintaining healthy testosterone levels and your overall wellness.
If you’re experiencing signs and symptoms of abnormal testosterone levels, sharing your test results with your healthcare provider for further guidance is important. Your healthcare provider may need to repeat the test or order additional tests to confirm or rule out other causes of your symptoms . It’s a great idea to share your results with your healthcare provider. Additionally, your results from the testosterone level at-home lab test with Everlywell will include information on evidence-based lifestyle changes that support healthy testosterone levels.
If you’re concerned about your testosterone levels, telehealth with a healthcare provider to discuss testosterone testing and treatment can offer several benefits:
During the virtual visit, you will have the opportunity to discuss your symptoms, medical history, lab tests, and other medications you are currently taking. The healthcare provider may recommend further testing or treatment options based on this information.
At Everlywell, we have a Men’s Health Virtual Visit telehealth option where you can book an appointment with a health provider to discuss low testosterone who can evaluate your symptoms and offer guidance on the next steps.
If you are diagnosed with low testosterone, your healthcare provider can recommend several options for treatment, including [3,5]:
It is essential to communicate with your healthcare provider and monitor testosterone levels regularly to ensure that the treatment works and adjust the dosage as necessary.
To get started, you can consider an at-home lab test (such as the Testosterone Test) and/or a Men’s Health Virtual Visit with Everlywell.
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