Testosterone is often marketed and thought of as a good thing, giving you enhanced energy levels, sex drive and those all-important muscles. While it is well-known that low testosterone levels can lead to complications, too much testosterone can also result in devastating symptoms and conditions.
Some people are born with unnaturally high levels of testosterone, others develop this over time. Perhaps you’ve been taking a certain testosterone enhancing supplement or are undertaking Testosterone Replacement Therapy and that has resulted in some strange symptoms. Either way, the side effects and symptoms of testosterone overload are an important signal to seek medical advice and help.
Common Symptoms of Testosterone Overload:
- More Prone to Injuries.
- Higher Inclination to Engage in Risky Behaviours (eg. Criminal Behaviour + Substance Abuse).
- Very High Sex Drive.
- Shortened Temper and Increased Aggression Levels (eg. Road-Rage).
- Reducing Social Interactions (eg. Preferring to Stay Home and Keep to Yourself).
Major Symptoms of Testosterone Overdose:
- Blurred Vision.
- Slurred Speech.
- Sudden Weakness in the Arm or Leg on One Side of the Body.
- Sudden Inability to Speak.
- Temporary Blindness.
In the case of the major symptoms listed above, it is advised to seek medical attention immediately. Below, we will discuss some of the more common signs of very high testosterone levels:
Mood Swings, Water Retention and Breast Sensitivity
One of the less well-known side effects of too much testosterone is, in fact, too much estrogen. Because there is too much testosterone in the body, more than can be used, it is often converted into estrogen. While a natural level of estrogen is imperative for a good balance of hormones in the male body, too much of this hormone can cause nasty side-effects such as breast sensitivity, gynecomastia, high blood pressure and water retention. Mood swings are also a common symptom of this problem. In this instance, estrogen inhibitors and blockers are a potential remedy.
Hair Loss and Balding
Male pattern balding and hair loss is another symptom that many associate with testosterone overdose. This is a controversial issue and while there is a direct correlation between DHT levels and hair loss, it is still unclear as to whether hair loss is a direct result of increased levels of testosterone.
When testosterone levels are very high, the body instructs the testicles to halt the production thereof. It does this by shutting off production of the luteinizing hormone which is responsible for instructing the testicles to produce the testosterone hormone. As a result, the testicles will usually shrink in size until the factory starts up again.
Acne and Oily Skin
Oily skin and acne are a common symptom of testosterone overdose. Usually, these will be mild side-effects of increased testosterone levels but they can become severe when the increased T-level is accompanied by elevated levels of DHT. Fortunately, there are various remedies for these symptoms and side effects.
If you are experiencing some of the above-mentioned symptoms or suspect that your hormone levels may be abnormal, call your doctor and book a testosterone test. There is a wide range of different treatments available.