Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms in Men
The risk of hormonal imbalance increases as men age. The most common hormone that gives men problems is testosterone. Around age 30, men begin to lose about 1-2% of their total testosterone per year, so older men commonly have low testosterone or andropause, a condition that is caused from a lack of testosterone. Recently, though, it has become more common for men of all ages to suffer a testosterone imbalance.
Testosterone is responsible for maintain masculine features and has a large impact on male sexual characteristics. Some of the symptoms of imbalanced testosterone include:
Erectile dysfunction is the inability for a man to maintain an erection that is adequate for sexual activity. Testosterone has a large impact on arousal, and a lack of the hormone can cause it to be very difficult for a man to achieve an erection. Imbalanced thyroid hormone levels may also have an impact on the ability to maintain an erection and contribute to erectile dysfunction.
Because of testosterone’s influence on sex drive, lacking this hormone can cause the desire to have sex to reduce drastically. Men with low testosterone often have a reduction in their libido, and this reduction in their sexual desire can have negative impacts on their relationships.
When testosterone levels decrease, estrogen levels in relation to them tend to become elevated. With less testosterone to express masculine physical characteristics, the excess of estrogen may cause a man’s breasts to enlarge.
Decreased Sperm Count or Quality
Testosterone is the male sex hormone, so a man’s fertility is heavily influence by the amount of testosterone his body produces. Other hormones also contribute to a man’s ability to produce sperm, but a lack of testosterone can also mean that the sperm produced isn’t of high enough quality for reproduction.
Other Hormonal Problems
While testosterone is the most common hormone that causes issues in men, there are several others that can also negatively impact your health if their levels are not adequately managed. Cortisol, estrogen, and human growth hormone are just a few that can become imbalanced and result in a number of unpleasant symptoms. Some symptoms of other hormonal imbalances include:
- Anxiety, irritability or depression
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hair loss
- High blood pressure
- Joint pains
- Lack of energy
- Mood swings
- Reduction in muscle mass
- Sudden weight gain
The amount of problems that can potentially be caused by imbalanced hormones is much longer than this list, but it is a brief glimpse at just how significant hormonal balance is to your overall health. The longer an imbalance is present, however, the more damaging it can become on your body, and the risk of developing a severe health condition increases.
The best thing to do if you suspect you may have a hormonal imbalance is to get tested for one. The sooner an imbalance is detected, the sooner it can be addressed and the less likely the symptoms are to become more damaging or cause a lasting effect.
Contact us today if you believe you may have an imbalance and want to get started on getting your body’s health back under your control.