Low Testosterone and Your Relationship
Male PMS? Well, not quite, but irritable male syndrome is real! Low T can not only decrease a man’s libido, but present symptoms such as irritability, depression, low self-confidence, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, and reduced energy. Sound eerily similar to the hormone imbalance symptoms you may notice in your female partner? That’s because irritable male syndrome is a hormone imbalance caused by a drop in your male hormone, testosterone. Irritable male syndrome is seen in men experiencing low testosterone levels.
How does this affect your relationship?
The increased moodiness, along with lack of sex, can lead to a disconnect in your relationship with your partner. Sex is the physical bond in your relationship, but we recognize that the physical and emotional needs in a relationship are equally important to keeping an equilibrium state on the home front. The physical and emotional needs of both you and your partner will not be met if either of you are not in a healthy mental state. Having any type of hormone imbalance will prevent you from feeling your best, and giving the best of yourself to your partner.
How does testosterone affect me physically and mentally?
Testosterone is generally only given credit for producing male characteristics like facial hair, muscle mass, sex organs, and male libido. Testosterone is actually responsible for much, much more. Testosterone is a hormone produced in the testes in amounts determined by the hypothalamus part of the brain. It is regulates red blood cell production, fat distribution, cognitive function, as well as the characteristics describes earlier. A drop in testosterone levels drop below about 300 nanograms per deciliter will be begin to present some of these physical and mental changes in your body. While the moodiness and lack of sex drive will be noticeable, some of the physical symptoms within your body may not be as noticeable until they develop into more serious health conditions down the road.
If you have a partner you believe is experiencing low testosterone there are ways you can help.
•Do not make yourself a victim. Often when our partners are moody and not initiating a physical relationship, as their partner it is taken personal. Your partner is experiencing a real hormone imbalance. Low T is a true medical condition. You are not the problem, low T is!
•Be patient. You may notice the changes in your partner before he does. Gently approaching the idea that he may have a medical condition causing his changes is great, but be patient as he becomes familiar with the idea. Give him time to process the changes too.
•Learn about the condition. When your partner does begin to open up about the possibility of having low T it will be beneficial to you both if you have done a little homework about the condition. Learning a little about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Low T can help you support your partners feelings.
•Seek the experience of a sex counselor or psychologist. If your partner is not coming around to the idea the he is experiencing abnormal changes that are affecting himself and you, getting support from a professional can be helpful. Often we can be more receptive of information from a neutral person, outside of the relationship. Even if at first you are going alone, it can be beneficial to both you and your partner. Being the partner of someone who is experiencing low T symptoms can be challenging. Give yourself the support of someone who can help you hold on until your partner is ready to make a change.
Checking testosterone levels is done with a very simple in office test at the Kansas City Men’s Clinic. Getting your hormone levels checked as part of your routine healthcare is an important part of keeping your body and brain functioning at its best for both you and your partner to live a long, happy, and healthy life together. Be sure to have your testosterone levels checked by a physician specializing in men’s health.
The physician’s at the Kansas City Men’s Clinic specialize in men’s sexual dysfunction like erectile dysfunction, which is often related to low T levels. The all-male staff and male appealing waiting area are designed to make your appointment the most comfortable that it can be. The treatment options available through Kansas City Men’s Clinic have a success rate of 97% for custom men’s treatment. We offer a host of treatment options for other sexual disorders including Peyronie’s Disease, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction. Take the first step to help both you and your partner by calling (816) 533-4420 or schedule online.