5 Fixes for Low Testosterone

Here's How to Get Your Mojo Back

Man Talking Hormones with Doctor
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Feel tired and listless? Wondering what happened to your sex drive? Wishing for the days when you felt like a badass in the gym? In other words, do you feel like you’ve lost your mojo? Maybe you’re wondering if something’s wonky with your testosterone.

Low testosterone is a legitimate medical condition. It’s actually called hypogonadism. You can, of course, address low testosterone with medication, but you might want to tell your doctor to put away the prescription pad for now.

Before you start taking meds to boost your libido (among other things), here are 5 tips to help you determine your best plan of action.

Put on Your Deerstalker Cap

You and your doctor are co-detectives in this case. Low testosterone meds are not something to take lightly because once you start taking them, you might be taking them for the rest of your life.

Besides, low testosterone could be just one of several issues at play. Or there could be something totally different messing with your hormones, like endocrine disruptors. It’s important to solve the underlying problem and that means taking time to investigate what’s really going on with your body.

Be Honest

Admittedly, talking to your doctor about this stuff means answering lots of personal questions. Really personal. To make things even more uncomfortable (not that you can get much more awkward than talking about your erections), a good doctor won’t just ask you about your sex drive: He or she will also ask you about your weight, eating habits, sleeping habits, alcohol use, and even (ugh) your feelings.

 In other words: a whole lot of stuff bound to make you squirm.

Do your best to answer as honestly as you can, though. Your doctor depends on it—and so does your health.

Ask Your Doctor to Run Some Tests

Your doctor will likely want to test your testosterone levels, but don’t stop there: Testosterone symptoms are often similar to thyroid and adrenal issues (among others).

If your doctor isn't doing so already, get your doctor to check them all using blood or salivary tests.

Think About Your Daily Habits

For starters, are you getting enough rest? Remember, even if you’re in bed for 8 hours it doesn’t mean you’re sleeping solidly throughout the night. Inadequate sleep interferes with testosterone production.

Nutrition counts, too. If you’re struggling to eat balanced meals, your diet could be a reason you feel lousy. You might be surprised by the difference small dietary improvements could make.

For example, slightly reducing your intake of carbohydrates and increasing your intake of fats could raise testosterone in measurable ways. Or, if you're undereating, simply eating more can boost your hormonal production.

Take It One Step at a Time

Trying to improve your lifestyle and possibly starting new medication routines can be overwhelming, especially if you already feel tired or depressed. Ask your doctor what one or two actions he/she thinks will be most effective for you.

Then follow those one or two pieces of advice religiously.

Track your progress on a calendar: Give yourself a checkmark each day you complete your new habits. This will help you be consistent, and you’ll have more reliable information on your progress to share with your doctor.

Most importantly, choose to be an active participant in your own health, rather than just a patient.

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