Low Testosterone: Diagnosis, Symptoms & Effective Treatments

Low Testosterone

Testosterone is an important hormone. This hormone is primarily responsible for male development, appearance and sexual function. It also plays a role in muscle mass, sex drive, bone density, male pattern fat distribution and mood. Testosterone hormone levels are important to ensure normal sexual development and functions in men. It is produced in the testicles. Testosterone increases the size of the penis and testes, builds muscle and deepens the voice during puberty. Through adulthood, it remains an important hormone.

After 30 years of age, testosterone begins to gradually decline approximately 1 to 2% per year. This is a normal part of aging, but it is important to not let this level fall too low or too high. Approximately 5 million men in the U.S. suffer from low testosterone. Low testosterone is a medical condition called hypogonadism.

Low testosterone is sometimes referred to as “male menopause” or “andropause” because it is like menopause that women experience, but men experience their drop in testosterone more gradually than women. However, unlike women, the production of testosterone never stops completely.

Normal Range

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the normal range is typically 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter. To determine your circulating testosterone level, your doctor can order a serum testosterone test, which is a blood test. Some men experience symptoms due to low testosterone.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Many men will experience symptoms when their testosterone levels drop below a normal range. These symptoms are often subtle. In the past, many of these symptoms were attributed to aging, but with medical advancements, we know these symptoms can be a sign of low testosterone.

  • Reduced/Low Sex Drive
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Decreased Muscle Mass/Strength
  • Increased Body Fat
    • Obesity can also reduce testosterone levels, so it is important to eat healthy and exercise regularly.
  • Decreased Bone Mass
  • Mood/Emotional Changes
  • Fatigue
  • Decline in Memory
  • Infertility
  • Difficulty Sleeping

Risk Factors

Some medical conditions can lead to low testosterone include:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Infections
  • Chronic medical conditions, like liver or kidney disease
  • Medications, like narcotics, opioids or chemotherapy

Treatment Options

Dr. Christi and her team offer options to help correct hypogonadism and have you feeling like a brand new man.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

TRT can correct your levels of testosterone. There are a variety of options to replace testosterone including gels, injections, and pellets. Talk to us today about which option is right for you. Pellets provide the most stability and prevent the peaks and troughs that can be seen with other delivery systems. A comprehensive blood panel will determine the amount of testosterone you need. A testosterone pellet is approximately the size of a grain of rice. The amount of pellets you will need varies and is based on your blood test results and testosterone levels.  An experienced, certified HTCA Medical Provider at the ChristiMD Medical Group will implant the pellet under the skin in the office. The most common insertion site is the upper buttocks. The doctor will make a small incision then insert the pellet. Strenuous lower body exercise should be avoided for one week.

Dr. Christi and her team only offer the best Testosterone Replacement Therapy. These pellets are bioidentical and contain only hormones your body naturally produces.

Benefits of TRT:

  • Improved sexual desire & erectile function
  • Increased muscle mass & strength
  • Increased energy
  • Decreased body fat
  • Improved cognitive function and verbal memory

What are the risks of TRT?

  • Skin reactions, like acne and increased body hair
  • Sleep apnea, which can worsen if you already had sleep apnea before treatment
  • Fluid retention
  • Polycythemia
  • Gynecomastia
  • Mood changes
  • Infertility
  • Prostate effects, which could worsen an enlarged prostate
  • Drug interactions

How often will I need TRT?

Each patient will have a customized plan to fit your specific needs. You can expect to see results within 4-6 weeks after insertion and the pellets will typically last 3-4months on average but can be as long as 6 months.

Give us a call at 281.542.8124 to schedule your consultation with HTCA certified healthcare providers at ChristiMD Medical Group to find out if Testosterone Replacement Therapy is right for you!

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