9 Tips For Talking About Low Testosterone With Your Doctor

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It’s not the easiest subject to broach with your doctor. Sexual dysfunction issues are embarrassing but opting not to discuss it with your doctor just prolongs a possible diagnosis and treatment. Today’s social health culture is heavily reliant on social media and media awareness campaigns. While that doesn’t necessarily make it easier to discuss private issues, there is less of a stigma with such sensitive concerns.

A little planning and preparation can make the entire process a little easier. Keep the following tips in mind when you talk to your doctor about low testosterone:

  1. Write down your symptoms and concerns beforehand. Because your time is limited, it’s easier if you have the information readily available in front of you. When time is of the essence, memory often fails.
  2. Make sure your physician is comfortable treating Low T and if not, ask for a referral for a physician who specializes in sexual health.
  3. Take notes. It’s incredibly common to walk out of a patient room only to find that you’ve forgotten everything that was discussed by the time you reach your car.
  4. Take a list of current prescriptions with you for your doctor to review as possible contributors to your symptoms. Preparing a list beforehand eliminates having to remember dosages and drug strength.
  5. Ask your physician to explain the available treatments and associated risks for Low T.
  6. If you’re seeing your primary care physician, make a specific appointment to discuss your hormonal concerns. Typically, yearly physical appointments only allot so much time for a general overview. You’ll have more time to discuss symptoms and treatment options with a dedicated appointment.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Invariably, you’ll think of questions after your appointment. Ask your doctor during your appointment the best way to address those questions that crop up later.
  8. Remember that you don’t have to agree to treatment immediately. Take time to think about it, do your own research and/or consult with your partner.
  9. If your physician doesn’t already have your health history, bring it with you. There are a number of health issues (namely cardiovascular issues and Type II diabetes) that carry a higher risk of Low T.

If you think you might be suffering from low testosterone, don’t wait to address it. Testosterone affects mood, weight, energy levels and libido. All of these contribute to a higher quality of life and overall health.


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