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