What Are The Common Causes Of Low Testosterone In Men And In Women

Causes of low testosterone

The main causes of low testosterone in females and in males are the natural aging process (the one that is treated by testosterone replacement therapy), underactive testes or ovaries (where testosterone is primarily produced) and there are other medical reasons that low T can occur as well. Experts say that this very vital hormone will start to deplete sometime after the age of 30 and continue to drop as time passes.

There is no way to get the amount of testosterone back that you had when you were a teen, but there is a way to increase it so that you feel like you are in your 20’s again. That way is through testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

Underactive testes can be caused by an inherited trait or from an accident or injury to the area. Problems with the pituitary gland (located at the base of the brain) can also be one of the common causes of low testosterone. So, the main and most common causes of low testosterone levels are:

  • The natural progression of aging
  • Underactive testes or ovaries due to illness, genetics or injury
  • Issues with the pituitary gland

There are other medical illnesses that can be causes of low testosterone, but we here at HT Medical Center mostly concentrate on the one that we can help. That is low T due to aging. No one can escape Mother Nature and the fact that she ages the human body; both male and female. However, we can defy the symptoms that occur from low T.

What Causes Low Testosterone Over 30, 40, 50

The causes of low testosterone in 30s, 40’s, 50’s or even older will vary. When the reason is due to aging and the slowing of the organs or glands that produce the hormone, testosterone replacement therapy can help to minimize or to completely eliminate all the symptoms that go hand in hand with low T. Whether a person is 30 or 50, the reasons for a reduction in testosterone levels can make them feel miserable. That is why we dedicate ourselves to TRT and to helping our patients to safely get their health back to where they have the best possible quality of life.

One of main causes of low testosterone in 35 year old and over men is a condition called male hypogonadism. What this means is that the male testicles are not producing enough testosterone, which is the main male sex hormone. There are two basic types of hypogonadism and those are primary and secondary.

  • Primary hypogonadism is when there is problem with the testicles and they fail to produce enough testosterone.
  • Secondary hypogonadism is when there is a problem in the brain with the hypothalamus or the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the hypothalamus. Brain functioning plays a huge role in producing testosterone as the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland send messages to the testes and the ovaries to produce the right amount of testosterone that each gender or individual person needs for optimal health.

Either primary or secondary hypogonadism can be genetically caused or can be acquired later in life. In other words, either one or both can be the main causes of low testosterone over 50.

Many health issues can occur at birth that affect the production of testosterone and these will all fall under the category of primary hypogonadism. Secondary hypogonadism is when the hypothalamus stops producing a gonadotropin releasing hormone. This hormone is what sends signals to the pituitary gland to create FSH or follicle stimulating hormone and LH or luteinizing hormone. These send the signals the testes to produce testosterone.

Interestingly, both primary and secondary hypogonadism can occur together and be the causes of low testosterone in males and females too. According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, approximately 30 percent of men older than 75 have low testosterone levels.