Facts for Women: Understanding the Difference Between ED and Low T in Men

Fact:   Low T and ED are different conditions

Low T affects a man’s interest in sex as well as his ability to perform sexually. ED only affects the ability to perform sexually. Low T results in decreased libido. ED is the inability to have or maintain an erection, and can be caused by a number of conditions. These include heart disease, vascular disease, and high cholesterol. It is estimated that between 2-10% of patients with ED may have Low T.

Fact:  Low T can also cause ED

Despite both resulting in sexual issues, Low T and ED develop differently. Problems in the testes or glands in the brain may cause Low T. ED, on the other hand, can be caused by a large number of factors, from the physical (Low T, vascular disease, diabetes) to the psychological (depression, anxiety).

Fact:  Low T can also cause other physical signs and symptoms

In addition to diminished interest in sex, other symptoms of Low T may include: reduced lean body mass, low bone mineral density, depressed mood, and fatigue.

Fact:  Symptoms of Low T may have more than a physical effect

Changes in a man’s physical composition can result from the decrease in testosterone production. He may begin to feel less interested in sex, or may feel depressed. He may also find he has less energy to engage in the physical activities he once enjoyed.

Fact:  Low T and ED are both treatable

There are several ways to treat Low T and ED. After a medical history, exam and certain blood tests, his doctor can decide which treatment is right for him.

Fact:   You can help if you suspect your male partner has Low T

A woman can ask her male partner if he is aware of the symptoms of Low T. Suggest he visit his doctor or healthcare professional to discuss the signs and symptoms of Low T.


Find out if Low T may be responsible for your partner's decreased sex drive.

Changes in his body, mood, and reduced sexual activity can all be symptoms of Low T. Have him ask his doctor about all the symptoms of Low T and if his symptoms may be due to this condition.

It's important to share your concerns with your partner if you think he may have Low T. Here are a few tips on talking with your partner:

  • Make sure your partner understands that Low T can cause a medical condition known as hypogonadism. Be prepared to discuss some of the signs and symptoms of Low T.

  • Understand that discussing Low T with him may be difficult. The symptoms can be a source of anger and frustration.

  • Offer to accompany him to the doctor's office.

  • The symptoms of Low T can be subtle or similar to those caused by other medical conditions.

  • Encourage him to discuss his symptoms as well as Low T with his doctor at his next appointment.

  • Help him recognize his symptoms may be caused by a medical condition.

  • Make sure you're free from distractions and interruptions when you're talking with him.

  • Remind him how important his happiness is to your relationship.

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Is it Low T? Tips for spouses

Men with low testosterone may have a medical condition known as hypogonadism, also known as Low T.  The signs and symptoms of Low T may be difficult to tell from the changes that occur with normal aging, and other medical conditions. These include: depressed mood, fatigue, reduced lean body mass, decreased bone mineral density, reduced libido, and erectile dysfunction (ED).


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