If you suspect your partner or spouse may have low testosterone
You may have noticed that your partner or spouse is feeling or acting a little differently than he normally does and you may even suspect that he has low testosterone. Visit the symptoms page to learn if the differences you see in your partner or spouse could be related to low testosterone. If his symptoms are similar to those associated with low testosterone, it is important that you encourage him to speak with his doctor because treatment options are available.
The signs of low testosterone can often be quite personal and your partner or spouse may be embarrassed or feel awkward about bringing this topic up with his doctor. He may even insist that what he's going through is a common part of aging. Remember that it is natural for your partner to be hesitant about talking to his doctor. Being supportive of his feelings and gently reminding him that his doctor might be able to help can encourage your partner to get the conversation started.
As you and your partner or spouse discover the potential cause of his symptoms, proper communication will be very important for both of you. It can be stressful to not know what is happening in your body so try to be understanding and supportive of what he is going through. Offering to go with your partner or spouse to his medical appointments can make the process easier for him and will help you understand how this will affect both of your lives moving forward.
If your partner or spouse has been diagnosed with low testosterone
What is important for both of you to know is that low testosterone is very common (about 40% of men over 45 experience low testosterone!*) and that it is treatable. There are lifestyle changes that you can help your partner or spouse make to help cope, as well as many different treatment options available.
Before your partner or spouse decides with his doctor what treatment option will be right for him, it is important that you discuss the available options together. Remember that low testosterone affects both of your lives, so it is important that you play an active role in making this decision. Try to keep in mind that, even after being diagnosed, talking about low testosterone may be difficult for your partner or spouse. It will be important to offer your support and patience, and share your concerns with him during this discussion. Here are some tips to help you get the conversation started:
- Go over the treatment options table together.
- Go with your partner or spouse to visit the doctor to discuss both of your concerns.
- Make it a priority to have this discussion, and remind him that his health is important to you.
Remember that some of the symptoms your partner may be experiencing, such as erectile dysfunction, may be hard for him to deal with and can be awkward to talk about. Letting your partner know that you support him, and communicating honestly and openly about the situation, can help make it less stressful for both of you.