Testosterone Deficiency (TD) is a well-established and significant medical condition. It is defined as a clinical and biochemical syndrome associated with advancing age and comorbidities and is characterised by a deficiency in testosterone levels and relevant signs and symptoms.
TD is very often mistakenly referred to as the “Manopause” or “Andropause”. These terms give the impression that TD is for a man what the menopause is for a woman. Whilst a number of symptoms are common with both conditions, all women will naturally go through the menopause but only between 10-20% of ageing men will have a decline in their testosterone levels sufficient to cause issues and potentially warrant treatment.
Men who do experience a drop in their testosterone to a sub-normal level will often experience symptoms that can have a significant negative effect of their sexual function, their sense of well-being, their quality of life as well as their overall health.
WHY IS TESTOSTERONE IMPORTANT?
Testosterone is the principal androgen in men. It is essential for the development and maintenance of secondary male characteristics. When testosterone levels decrease, patients can experience physical and psychological effects, which can compromise their general wellbeing, sexuality, and fertility.
WHY DOES HAVING TD MATTER?
Men with testosterone deficiency have a risk factor for cardiovascular disease so it is important that men seek advice as soon as possible to enable their doctor to manage them appropriately and efficiently.