Low Testosterone and Your Sex Life

Having a low testosterone level can affect your energy level and your mood. Most men who have low testosterone also report having a diminished sex drive and trouble getting and maintaining an erection, also called erectile dysfunction. Low testosterone is a common condition that’s often overlooked because its symptoms are similar to those of many other health issues. Despite the impact that it can have on their lives and sexual relationships, most men with low testosterone are not getting treated.

“Studies have suggested that 2 million to 13 million men in the United States have low testosterone, with increasing age as the primary risk factor,” says David Fenig, MD, associate director of male fertility and sexuality at Chesapeake Urology in Baltimore, Md. “Decreased energy, loss of sex drive, or libido, and erectile dysfunction are the three most common symptoms of low testosterone.”