Am I Too Young for Testosterone Therapy?

Jan 02, 2024
Low testosterone can cause a variety of bothersome symptoms. Read on to learn how testosterone therapy can help and whether you are “too young” to get started.

Low testosterone, or “low T,” happens when your testicles don’t produce enough testosterone, also known as the male sex hormone. Once it sets in, you can experience bothersome symptoms that impact your physical health, moods, and daily life. 

While low T is most common in middle-aged and older men and people assigned male at birth (AMAB), it can also affect younger individuals. If you’re experiencing it at any stage of life, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) may offer relief.

Our experts at Kane Health, serving the Silicon Valley, Redwood City, and the San Francisco Bay area of California, provide personalized testosterone therapy programs for good candidates.

Here’s a closer look at low testosterone, including the role age may play and how TRT can help.

Age and low testosterone 

Testosterone levels gradually decline after age 30-40, usually at about 1% annually. Given that, low testosterone becomes more likely with increasing age. Even so, there’s a difference between a normal decline and full-fledged low-T, which causes a more dramatic dip. Regardless, some men and adults AMAB experience testosterone decline well before middle age. 

Factors that raise your risk of low testosterone at any age include:

  • Anabolic steroids
  • Congenital conditions, such as cryptorchidism
  • Kidney or liver conditions
  • Obesity
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Pituitary gland tumors
  • Poorly managed type 2 diabetes

You can also develop low testosterone due to an injury or chronic inflammation in your testicles.

Signs of low testosterone

Common low T signs include the following:

  • Brain fog
  • Decreased libido 
  • Depressed moods
  • Enlarged breasts
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Fewer spontaneous erections
  • Increased body fat
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Rapid hair loss
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Sleep difficulties

In addition, low testosterone can lead to infertility. Low T can also stem from low sperm production — a common factor in fertility challenges. But because testosterone therapy may reduce sperm count, TRT may not be ideal if you’re aiming for pregnancy. 

How testosterone therapy works

There is no ideal age for TRT if you’re a good candidate. It helps by supplementing testosterone to restore normal levels. At Kane Health, we offer testosterone therapy in several forms, including:  

  • Implantable pellets 
  • Intramuscular injections  
  • Gel or cream 
  • Testosterone patches

Specifics of your testosterone therapy are based on your overall health, lifestyle, and goals. Rather than merely prescribing testosterone medication, our team may also recommend dietary, exercise, or sleep changes. 

During testosterone treatment, you’ll return for follow-up appointments to ensure you’re progressing well. While individual results vary, most patients experience the benefits of TRT within weeks.

To discover if testosterone therapy is right for you or get started with the care you need, call Kane Health or request an appointment through our website today.