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Is it Low T or ED (erectile dysfunction)?

Is it Low T or ED (erectile dysfunction)?

If you’re with someone for a while, it’s probably not too difficult to figure out if something has changed. And for women, if you have been married to your husband and he has been your lifelong partner, you’ll notice significant changes in your sex life and his health habits. Men who have Low T may have a medical condition known as hypogonadism. As you may already know, signs and symptoms of Low T are sometimes hard to detect simply because of similarities with other health conditions such as aging or various kinds of medical conditions. Your husband may experience depressed mood, fatigue, reduced lean body mass, decreased bone mineral density, reduced sex drive, and even erectile dysfunction or ED. Most likely you have heard of all these signs and symptoms before, but here we want to focus on ED. It is important to note that Low T and ED are two different conditions. While Low T will affect your man’s interest in sex along with his ability to perform sexually, ED only affects his ability to perform sexually.

Having Low T means he will have a decreased libido. ED, on the other hand, means he will not be able to have or maintain an erection. This physical malfunction can happen for a number of reasons. Some of these include heart disease, a high cholesterol level, and vascular disease. Maybe between 2-10% of ED patients may also have Low T, which is something else to be on the lookout for. In fact, Low T can cause ED. However, Low T and ED develop differently. While Low T is caused by problems in the testes or glands in the brain, ED is caused by a whole variety of factors. ED has physical and psychological factors. Physical factors can include Low T, vascular disease, and diabetes, while psychological factors can include depression and anxiety. Ladies, these are just some of the things to think about if you suspect your man has Low T, ED, or both. Of course, in the end he will have to decide what kinds of signs and symptoms he is experiencing, but it’s nice to be on the lookout too, as his partner. Many men often overlook other symptoms of Low T that occur in addition to a lowered interest in sex. These include reduced lean body mass, low bone mineral density, depressed mood, and fatigue as mentioned earlier. Not to fear though, as both Low T and ED are treatable. With a medical history, exam and specific blood tests, your husband’s provider will be fully equipped with the knowledge of the proper treatment that is right for him. As his partner, you can help be on the lookout for him by asking if he’s aware of the signs and symptoms of Low T. Remind him to go see his provider to discuss how he’s feeling.


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