Causes of Low Testosterone
Do You Have Low Testosterone?
Men can suffer from low testosterone for a variety of reasons. We expect that the medical community will discover even more causations as further research continues in this field.
Prior Use of Testosterone
If you used bioidentical testosterone replacement or anabolic steroids in the past, it’s common to see a reduction in the natural production of endogenous testosterone.
Are You Depressed?
According to a study published in Psychonueroendocrinology, middle aged men with depression have reduced levels of bioavailable testosterone and total testosterone in comparison with men who are not suffering from depression. It is important to be careful when getting treatment for depression, because many antidepressants can lead to further suppression of your testosterone levels. (see list
Medical Conditions Can Cause Low Testosterone
If you have had an operation on your testicles, vasectomy, undescended testicles, history of mumps, varicocele, hydrocele or even a head trauma at some point in your life, you could now be suffering from low testosterone. There are various diseases, infections and other illnesses that can also result in low testosterone.
Medications Can Cause Low Testosterone
There are multiple medications that can have negative affects on testosterone levels. Below is a list of some of the more common examples.
Antidepressants: Zoloft, Paxil, Cymbalta
Antihistamines: Benadryl, Claritin
Cholesterol: Lipitor, Crestor
Hair Loss: Proscar, Finasteride
High Blood Pressure: Atenolol (Tenormin)
Muscle Relaxers: Soma, Flexeril
Pain Killers: Oxycodone, Morphine, Suboxone
Sleeping Pills: Lunesta, Ambien
Tranquilizers: Valium, Xanax, Klonopin