Signs & Symptoms of Male Hormone Imbalance

Updated August 08, 2017

Hormone imbalance can affect any man and is usually just the result of ageing. On average, men begin to experience hormonal imbalances between the ages of 40 and 50. In rarer cases, men may experience these changes as early as their 30s. Extreme hormone imbalance is referred to as andropause and can be compared to Menopause. The symptoms of male hormonal imbalance can be obvious, but, most of the time, the signs are subtle.

Low Energy

One of the most common signs of male hormone imbalance is fatigue or low energy. This symptom is demonstrated in various ways. Those include extreme tiredness after eating, inability to work as long or hard as normal and an overall decrease in work performance. General fatigue throughout the day is also common.

Premature Aging

Physical and mental symptoms of premature ageing can be caused by male hormone imbalance. For example, thinning or greying hair and a decrease in your bone mass and the quality of your skin (i.e. wrinkles, varicose veins). You may also experience problems with memory, have decreased flexibility, incontinence and foggy thinking.


A decrease in self esteem and overall happiness is a common sign of a hormone imbalance. An increase in anxiety or nervousness may be noticeable, as well as mild or extreme depression and low self worth. This can result in decreased motivation and competitiveness and may even cause irritability.

Low Sex Drive

Men with hormonal imbalance notice a shift in their sex drive. This decrease in the desire to have sex can be extreme (where there is little to no libido) or less obvious. In addition to decreased libido, men with hormone imbalances may have a difficult time getting an erection or making one last.

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About the Author

Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.