Testosterone is a sex hormone that’s involved with various male-associated characteristics such as a low voice and body & facial hair. Testosterone is produced by the testes, and generally peaks in young adulthood, but sometimes, the testicles don’t produce enough of the hormone, resulting in low testosterone (also called hypogonadism).
Low testosterone is thought to affect roughly 5 in every 1000 men, and is luckily treatable with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), usually in the form of gels or injections. iMeds UK can prescribe testosterone gels to any man that suffers with hypogonadism, subject to doctor approval.
Dr. Diana Gall
Our Health Care Team
Low testosterone, or male hypogonadism, is diagnosed when a man’s testicles aren’t producing enough of the sex hormone, testosterone. Whilst it isn’t a life-threatening condition, it can cause low self-esteem and mental health issues, along with infertility and erectile dysfunction. If you think you might have some symptoms of low testosterone, please see your GP for advice and diagnostic tests before buying treatment online.
Low testosterone, or male hypogonadism can seriously affect a man’s quality of life and self-esteem. Some men are born with the condition, whilst others develop it later in life, either during puberty or adulthood.
Testosterone levels naturally fall as you age. When a man reaches the age of 40, it’s to be expected that the hormone decreases by around 2% per year. However, when issues are detected earlier, or testosterone production isn’t sufficient, treatment is often needed.
If you think you may be suffering from low testosterone, you should make an appointment with your GP to discuss your symptoms and diagnostic tests. Your GP should offer you a series of blood tests to confirm your testosterone levels before you start any kind of treatment.
Low testosterone symptoms
Low testosterone can sometimes be difficult to spot, as the symptoms tend to mimic other illnesses or mental health problems. Whilst male hypogonadism is rarely life-threatening, you should always make an appointment to see your doctor if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms of low testosterone:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Slow body and facial hair growth
- Reduced strength
- Night sweats
- Excessive sweating
- Low tolerance to exercise
- Poor memory
- Poor concentration
- Development of excess breast tissue (gynecomastia)
- Decreased muscle mass
Some of the symptoms can be difficult to live with, particularly if they start affecting your mental health.
Luckily, treatments are available for both the physical and mental effects of hypogonadism, and alongside testosterone gels, talking therapies such as counselling or CBT may be recommended for the mental health symptoms.
Low testosterone causes
Low testosterone can have many causes. It can stem from a problem with the actual testicles (known as primary hypogonadism), or an issue with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus area of the brain (secondary hypogonadism).
Low testosterone levels may also be caused by radiation, chemotherapy, alcohol abuse, obesity, HIV, ageing, some medications (such as finasteride or dutasteride), thyroid problems, and even malnutrition.
Type 2 diabetes is another contributing factor as to whether your testosterone levels might fall, as men with the condition are more likely to experience hypogonadism than men without it.
If you do display any symptoms of low testosterone, it’s important to be seen by your GP to determine the cause of them, as you may have an underlying condition that needs treating.
Low testosterone treatment
Low testosterone treatment is available from your GP as well as from online prescribing services such as iMeds UK.
Most treatments for male hypogonadism consist of some kind of testosterone replacement in order to boost the levels in your body. This is usually enough to improve symptoms in most men.
The treatments available to you may depending on the severity of your condition, and whatever your doctor is willing to offer. Oral route testosterone isn’t generally used for hypogonadism, but other treatments such as testosterone gels and injections are widely used in the UK.
If you choose injections as your low testosterone treatment, you’ll usually need to make an appointment with a doctor or practice nurse once every three months. However, some men find it easier to apply gel themselves every morning in order to boost their testosterone levels.
Your type of treatment should be discussed with your doctor to talk about the pros and cons, and which would be best for you.
It’s important to know that men with prostate issues shouldn’t take testosterone replacements unless they’ve been prescribed by your own GP. This is because testosterone may worsen the problems you’re having, particularly if you have a history of prostate cancer.
Testosterone gel is available to buy online from iMeds UK following a consultation for low testosterone. To buy testosterone gel from us, you must provide your most recent blood test readings to confirm your testosterone levels, and that the treatment is safe for you. Our doctors will review your consultation and choice of treatment and make a decision based on your answers. If your order is approved, it will be shipped from our partner pharmacy directly to your door.
iMeds UK can prescribe the following types of testosterone gel:
- Testim gel
- Testogel pump
- Testogel sachets
- Tostran gel
Whichever brand you choose is up to you. You may decide that sachets are more convenient than a pump or vice versa, but regardless of choice, if you don’t provide your most recent blood results, your request may be declined.
Testosterone gel side effects
Unfortunately, most drugs come with some kind of risk, and testosterone gel is no different. Despite the fact that it can help to raise your testosterone levels to a normal range, it can cause some potentially dangerous side effects, some of which include:
- Increased red blood cells
- Enlarged breasts
- Sleep disturbances
- Enlarged prostate
- Low sperm production
Although some of the side effects are also symptoms of low testosterone, they can also be caused by the treatments used for it. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that testosterone gel would be able to restore fertility in a man with hypogonadism. However, there are methods available that can help to stimulate sperm production if this is something you’d like to do. Please speak to your GP for more information.