It takes guts to tell a doctor about your low testosterone symptoms, especially sexual problems. But your doctor can’t know what your problem is until you bring it up - so unless you make the ﬁrst move, you won’t get the treatment you need, and your suﬀering will continue.
After you have told your doctor about your symptoms, he/she will probably further assess your symptoms by asking questions about your sex life, use of any medications, and your lifestyle. Your doctor may ask you to complete other more detailed questionnaires, such as the Aging Males’ Symptoms (AMS) scale, which asks you to grade the severity of your symptoms. Your doctor will probably also take your body weight and height, to ﬁnd out your BMI (body mass index). A BMI of 30 or higher is the diagnostic threshold for obesity, which is a strong indicator that your symptoms really are caused by testosterone deﬁciency. However, men with symptoms who have BMI below 30, or waist circumference of 94 cm or higher (regardless of BMI), can also have low testosterone.
If you complete the online symptom checker you can print out your results and bring them to your doctor appointment. This can help make the conversation easier, as it’s only natural that you may feel a little awkward talking about your sexual problems with someone else.