Treatment for Low Testosterone
Low testosterone, or Hypogonadism, occurs when a man’s body does not produce enough of the hormone testosterone. Testosterone is produced in the testicles, and is vital to many aspects of a man’s health. Testosterone production is important in a man’s ability to produce sperm. When testosterone production is low, a man may develop low libido, weakened bones and muscles, erection problems, fatigue, depression, and infertility.
Testosterone production naturally slows down as men age. In fact, testosterone levels are said to decrease by approximately 1.6% every year after the age of 40. Injury or surgery to the groin area, certain medications, medical conditions, or problems related to the pituitary gland may also be to blame for low testosterone levels.
Testing for Low "T"
If you feel you have low testosterone, your doctor can give you a blood test. The blood test will determine testosterone levels. Your doctor will conclude the cause for low testosterone levels, if present, and then decide on a treatment. In most cases, a hormone supplement of testosterone can be administered to get levels back up to a normal level. Usually this is administered in a gel form to be rubbed into the shoulders after showering. The hormone is also available as a shot, patch, and oral medication. Many men report higher sex drive, increased energy, more frequent erections, weight loss, and higher satisfaction of life when treated with testosterone supplements.
Appointments for testing and treating Low T can be made by calling 908-927-0300. Somerset Urological Associates is located at 72 West End Avenue in Somerville, NJ 08876.