Not much energy? Little to no sex drive? A bit flabby around the middle? There’s a reason these are markers of middle age. It’s a long-held fact that after a man turns 30, the male body produces less testosterone. Women also produce testosterone, which also lessens over time.
The role testosterone plays for men is one of regulating sperm production, sex drive, and fat distribution. So a drop in testosterone comes with signs that we are no longer as young as we used to be.
How to Discuss Testosterone with Your Partner
The signs of low testosterone (low T) levels vary from man to man. The good news is that there are ways of boosting the body’s production of testosterone. First, however, keep in mind that talking with your partner about low T levels is a touchy subject. Avoid making it about sex (or the lack of it), because some men might feel it is an attack on their performance which can be harmful to your relationship.
It may be easier to discuss the other issues that come with low testosterone. For example, talk about how to increase his energy levels overall and incorporate it into a discussion about how you both can aim for a healthier diet and lifestyle.
Natural Ways to Increase Testosterone Levels
Getting a boost in testosterone levels can be as easy as adding more of the following into your diet:
- Vitamin D
- Olives / Olive Oil
- Coconuts / Coconut oil
- Raw nuts
- King Oysters
- Maca Root
Look up recipes that call for these testosterone enhancing foods. And then once you find a couple favorite meals that you both enjoy which include these ingredients, make those meals a part of your weekly rotation.
Losing weight as well as eliminating sugar from your diet will also go far in seeing an uptick in testosterone production. Strength training has also been shown to boost levels of testosterone, so long as the training sessions are intense. Also, it’s not the length of time that matters. In fact, workouts that are too long could cause an increase in cortisol, which decreases testosterone levels.
Sleep is also another factor that affects testosterone levels. A study done by the University of Chicago found that participants’ testosterone levels increased the more they slept. Make sure your partner is getting enough sleep at night. As one gets older, the melatonin levels in the body also decrease. Melatonin is the hormone responsible for regulating sleep, so a decrease in melatonin could be a factor.
Research with your partner what beginning steps he can take. Find material on the topic to encourage and spark his interest.
Should your partner consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for low T?
Hormone replacement therapy is a worthwhile option for many men with seriously low testosterone levels. There are various choices that are available, such as an Androderm skin patch for the upper arm or elsewhere on the upper body to be applied once a day. Other options include gels containing testosterone that can be applied and absorbed through the skin. Mouth patches placed just above your incisors allow testosterone to be absorbed orally. And injections and implants allow testosterone to be injected directly into the muscle.
While the benefits of testosterone therapy are many, finding the right option for your partner should be done with care. Centers, such as Low T Revolution, provide free consultations and aim to educate consumers about what plan to choose.
Testosterone therapy is not entirely without risk. Which is why getting an individual consultation is important before undergoing HRT for low T levels. Side effects include itching, rashes, and irritation at the site of the testosterone patch.
A consultation about therapy options will help your partner reach the best decision for his situation. So even though it’s a difficult conversation, the health rewards for broaching the subject are many.