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Low testosterone, or low T, is diagnosed when levels fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). A normal range is typically 300 to 1,000 ng/dL, according to the Food and Drug Administration. A blood test called a serum testosterone test is used to determine your level of circulating testosterone.
If a male has a low level of testosterone, the symptoms can include erectile dysfunction, and reduced bone mass and sex drive. The hormone has many important functions, including: the development of the bones and muscles. the deepening of the voice, hair growth, and other factors related to appearance. A lack of testosterone can sometimes have long-term, serious effects on the body. In men with very low levels, the bones can become weak, potentially causing a condition called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis makes people considerably more prone to injury.
The most common treatment is testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
A Testosterone Replacement Therapy Physician will typically only prescribe TRT if the person has several symptoms of low testosterone as well as blood test results that indicate a deficiency.
There are several delivery methods of TRT, including:
tablets that dissolve in the mouth
surgically implanted pellets that release the hormone
Most people will notice relief from symptoms within 4–6 weeks of starting TRT.