For Men with low testosterone
A decrease in testosterone levels is one of the major reasons for a deterioration of male health or changes in metabolism. In other words, a lack of testosterone can lead to a weak sexual desire and loss of libido, as well as to weight gain and muscle loss.
Because the symptoms of low testosterone are difficult to detect, most men do not even realize that they have it. A word of caution is needed here: If you decide to start taking any supplements to increase testosterone, first you must confirm that you have a low level with a laboratory test.
Testosterone levels naturally go down with age starting from 30–35 years. As testosterone levels slowly fall, most men do not notice any changes. It is gradual and hard to notice. While postmenopausal women lose up to 30–40 percent of their hormones in a very short time, with age men lose just 1–5 percent of their testosterone per year.
Unfortunately, low testosterone may hit some men at an even younger age. Usually, it happens because of a lack of physical activity combined with bad habits like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and poor diet. Strictly speaking, low testosterone has no direct relation to erection; however, it interferes with overall arousal and the brain receptors responsible for the synthesis of nitric oxide, which triggers the erection process. In this way, low testosterone directly affects the level of libido.
Chronically low levels of testosterone significantly reduce interest in sex, and it is difficult for a man to achieve and maintain a firm and long-lasting erection. It is also difficult to achieve ejaculation because it takes away the excitement and pleasurable sensations.
Often, a sharp drop in testosterone levels (especially at a young age) causes the development of chronic depression in men. It affects their mental ability to focus, and they feel foggy and moody, with little or no motivation that may transform into apathy.
In cases of hypogonadism, a patient is given a replacement therapy. Testosterone can be prescribed in the form of a gel, tablets or injections. Usually, such treatment is highly effective. However, there are possible side effects such as enlarged breasts, smaller testicles, low sperm count, or polycythemia. With this in mind, it should be said that because of low sperm count, the replacement treatment for hypogonadism is not the best option for men who want to have children.
In such cases, men with hypogonadism are prescribed a drug called Clomid, with the main ingredient being clomiphene citrate. Doctors have prescribed Clomid for many years to help patients to conceive a child. The drug helps to increase a man’s own production of testosterone; thus, it increases the probability of natural conception.
This treatment increases the natural level of testosterone and stimulates the testes to produce testosterone. In addition, the drug has demonstrated high efficiency in increasing sperm count.
In comparison to testosterone replacement therapy, Clomid has the following advantages:
stimulates the natural production of testosterone
available in tablets and convenient to take
quite affordable and readily available
has a low risk of side effects
After replacement therapy is discontinued, the testosterone level immediately drops, while with Clomid no such drop is observed.
Hello! I’m a 33-year-old man. My height is 170 centimeters, and my weight is 75 kilos. Bodybuilding has been my passion for four years but I never used anabolic steroids. During last two years, however, I noticed lower libido and went to test my hormones. Here are my results: luteinizing hormone – 3.78 mg/ml, estradiol – 101 pmol/l, testosterone – 10.64 nmol/l, prolactin – 154 mg /l. I was prescribed Clomid in the dosage of 50 mg for two months and as a result, my luteinizing hormone was up to 13 mU/l, and testosterone to 36 nmol/l. After completing a course of treatment with Clomid, my testosterone stays at 25 nmol/l with luteinizing hormone at 2.5 MU/ml. Finally, I enjoy high libido and I am in great shape.