Partner
Understanding Low T

Changes in your partners body, mood and a reduced desire to be intimate are all symptoms of Low T. He can discover if he has Low T by making an appointment with his doctor to have a blood test. 3

Talking to Your Partner

Facts for Spouses/Partners
Understanding the Symptoms of Low Testosterone in Men

What is Low T?

Men and the partners in their lives, may often mistake their reduced desire for sexual activity as Erectile Dysfunction (ED), when the lack of desire may be a symptom of low testosterone (Low T).5 In fact, Low T could be potentially affect approximately 1.7 million Canadian men over the age of 45.1, 2 Men with chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension are more likely to have Low T than other men. 1

Men may be resistant to discussing issues with their spouses/partners. Partners who educate themselves about the symptoms of and treatments for Low T can help motivate the men in their lives to talk to their doctors about the symptoms associated with Low T.

What is he really experiencing

What is said :

I dont have much energy any more.

What may be heard :

He is just making excuses.

What may be the issue :

Low T can affect energy levels and leave a man feeling less motivated to participate in the activities he once did.

What is said :

He is in a slump and needs to snap out of it.

What may be heard :

He is just making excuses.

What may be the issue :

When a man experiences Low T, he can often begin to experience mood changes. Often he is unaware that Low T is a medical condition with chronic symptoms that can affect him physically and emotionally. He may be reluctant to talk to his doctor, spouse/partner or friends, leaving him feeling isolated and depressed.

What is said :

I dont have the sex drive I used to.

What may be heard :

Maybe he doesnt find me attractive. Or, he could have Erectile Dysfunction (ED).

What may be the issue :

Low T and ED are different conditions with different symptoms.
Low T affects interest in sex, as well as ability, while ED only affects the ability to perform sexually. 5

Tips in talking with him

It's important to share your concerns with your spouse/partner if you think he's suffering from Low T.


Here are a few tips:

  • Make sure you're free distractions and interruptions when you're talking with him.
  • Understand that discussing Low T with him may be difficult. The symptoms can be a source of anger and frustration.
  • Make sure he understands that Low T is a medical condition.1 Be prepared to discuss the specifics of Low T and steps toward treatment found on this web site.
  • If your partner has type 2 diabetes, encourage him to discuss Low T with his physician at his next appointment. The Endocrine Society recommends that all men with Type 2 diabetes have their testosterone levels checked. 3
  • Offer to accompany him to the doctor's office.
  • Remind him how important his happiness is to your relationship.
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