Decrease in testosterone levels is one of the major reason for a deterioration of male health or changes of metabolism. In other words, a lack of testosterone leads 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 low level with a laboratory test.
Testosterone levels naturally go down with age starting from 30-35 years. As testosterone level falls gradually, most men do not notice any changes. It’s gradual and hard to notice. While postmenopausal women lose up to 30-40% of hormones in a very short time, with age men lose 1-5% of their testosterone per year.
Unfortunately, low testosterone may hit even young men. Usually it happens because of lack of physical activity and bad habits like smoking and excessive alcohol drinking, bad eating habits. Strictly speaking, low testosterone has no direct connection to erection, however it interferes overall arousal and brain receptors responsible for synthesis of nitric oxide, which trigger 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 excitement and pleasurable sensations.
Often, a sharp drop in testosterone levels (especially at a young age) causes a development of chronic depression in men. It affects their mental ability to focus, 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 testacies, low sperm count, or polycythemia. With it in mind, it should be said that because of low sperm count, the replacement treatment of hypogonadism is not the best option for men who want to have children.
In such cases, men with hypogonadism are prescribed the drug called Clomid, with the main ingredient of clomiphene citrate. Doctors prescribe Clomid for many years to help patients to conceive a child. The drug helps to increase own production of testosterone thus it increases the probability of natural conception.
This treatment increases the natural level of testosterone and stimulates testis to produce testosterone. In addition, the drug demonstrated high efficiency in increasing sperm count.
In comparison testosterone replacement therapy, Clomid has the following advantages:
- stimulates the natural production of testosterone
- available in tablets and convenient for taking
- quite affordable and available
- has a low risk of side effects
After testosterone is discontinued, the testosterone level immediately drops, while with Clomid no such drop is observed.