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COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT

If you think you may have testosterone deficiency, why not complete the assessment? This is a short questionnaire used by doctors to help find out if you might have testosterone deficiency. It’s quick and easy to complete.

If the assessment shows that you may be suffering from testosterone deficiency, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor to talk about your symptoms. Take your completed assessment, as well as our helpful guide to talking with your doctor.

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Talk to your doctor

Don’t delay

Often men will delay talking to their doctor for months, even years. But the sooner you talk about the issue the quicker you are likely to get your sex life and energy levels back on track.

A graph explaining the process of talking to your doctor

What should I expect?

When you get to your appointment, your doctor will ask you about your symptoms, and assess your health. If your doctor thinks you might have testosterone deficiency, he or she will suggest that you have a simple blood test to measure your testosterone levels. The blood test should be performed in the morning. In case the first blood test is abnormal, another one should be done on a different day, in the morning, to confirm the diagnosis.

If your blood test results show testosterone deficiency levels and you have symptoms of testosterone deficiency, the doctor may either refer you to a specialist or directly recommend an appropriate course of action.

What can I do to increase my testosterone levels?

There are certain changes you can make in your daily habits to help you boost your natural level of testosterone:

Get enough rest. Lack of sleep can result in reduced testosterone levels. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night and rearrange your schedule to make rest a top priority!
Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity has been linked to the development of TDS. Losing weight can help increase testosterone levels.
Change your diet. Eating a healthy, balanced diet will help you feel better generally. Consult your doctor to get dietary advice.
Medical Treatment

Effective treatment will aim to restore testosterone levels to normal and should mean a gradual improvement in energy levels, sex drive/libido, erectile function, concentration and general mood.

If your doctor will consider drug treatment, the various testosterone replacement therapies include: topical gels applied to the skin each day and injections into the muscle (every 2-3 weeks or 10-14 weeks).

The treatment that’s best for you will depend on what you and your doctor decide.

Guide to talking with your doctor

Having a prepared list in hand is a great way to make sure that you ask the important questions and get the answers you need. It will also help you to answer questions your doctor may ask.

Print this helpful guide to talking with your doctor.

Remember, only your doctor can decide if you need a blood test. So the more information you provide will help them decide what’s best for you.

I don’t feel sick; I just don’t feel like myself anymore. What could be causing it?
Are the symptoms I’m experiencing related to testosterone deficiency? (give your doctor your completed assessment so that you can discuss your symptoms)
Considering my symptoms, could I be tested for testosterone deficiency?
How does my diet, fitness, and lifestyle affect my testosterone level?
If I need it, what medical treatment options are available for testosterone deficiency?
What are the differences between the treatments for testosterone deficiency?
What are the side effects of treatment?
If I have testosterone deficiency, what happens if I don’t have it treated?
(Where appropriate) Could my diabetes/high blood pressure/being overweight/any of my medical conditions be related to testosterone deficiency?

If you’re taking any prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, or vitamin supplements, be sure to tell your doctor.