Low T and erectile dysfunction (ED) are different health conditions with different symptoms.
If you're having difficulty maintaining erections, it may be more than ED. For some males, it may be a sign that they have Low T.
- Low T may affect a man's interest in sex, his ability to perform sexually, as well as other things. Low Testosterone, a medical condition known as hypogonadism is when a man’s body does not produce enough testosterone. Causes of Low T vary, and some men are born with the condition, while others develop it later in life. Low T is characterized by low levels of testosterone and symptoms such as decreased sexual desire, ED, decreased energy, and depressed mood, among others.
- ED only affects a man’s ability to perform sexually. ED has many causes that include diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart or thyroid conditions. Although the majority of men with ED do not have Low T, low levels of testosterone can also lead to ED.
If you are experiencing ED, it is important for you to talk to your doctor in order to determine the cause of your condition and discuss appropriate treatment options. Ask your doctor if you should be tested for Low T. To find out more, take the Low T quiz and see your doctor.