How To Be Supportive Of A Man With Low Testosterone
Yumhee Park | June 17, 2015 Nov 18, 2016
Reviewed by Jennifer Sobol, DO on Aug 23, 2017
It’s not you, it’s him. These aren’t the beginnings of a cheesy break-up, but something your man might tell you if he’s recently been diagnosed with low testosterone. While low testosterone can be difficult for both the person involved and their partner, here are ways to understand the condition better and know how to handle the hurdles to come.
What is low testosterone?
Low testosterone or male hypogandism happens when the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone or has an impaired ability to produce sperm or both. It can be a condition that someone is born with or one that happens from injury or infection. The symptoms of low testosterone include low sex drive, fatigue, and depression and should be consulted with a doctor for clarity.
As a partner to a man with low testosterone, much understanding is going to be needed on your part. He may not have a desire for sex and may seem to be more moody these days, but educating yourself on the condition will help you understand the physical changes your partner is going through. Try going to therapy together and know you’re not alone in this learning process.
Having low testosterone will most likely be the clearest in the bedroom. Instead of becoming exasperated at the situation, be patient and try experimenting with your partner. Being intimate doesn’t always have to translate to sex, so try activities like back rubs, movie nights, and deep conversations to feel close and maintain your bond.
Being a helpful partner to someone living with low testosterone can take a toll. That’s why it’s important to communicate with each other. Take some time each week to talk about your feelings, frustrations, and appreciations. Although the symptoms of low testosterone can take cracks at a relationship, communication is the glue that will help a relationship while an individual goes through treatment.
Regular doctor visits
If your partner has been diagnosed with low testosterone, ask them if it would be helpful for you to accompany them during their doctor visits. They will likely be put on some sort of treatment involving hormone therapy. This will be a chance to discuss together what treatment options will work for you two as a couple, and also a way for you to learn that there is hope.