Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Low testosterone in males is a physical condition that can have an effect in their over all well-being. The good news is it can be remedied. Find out what a low testosterone diagnosis means.
Testosterone is a hormone that both men and women have, although it’s a predominantly male hormone. In men, it’s made by the male reproductive glands called the testes. Testosterone is perhaps best known for its positive role in maintaining sex drive and procreation, but it actually benefits the whole body.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- Low of bone density
- Lower energy levels
- Increased body fat
- Hair loss
- Irritability, mood swings, anger, depression, fatigue
- Decreased libido or sexual desire
Causes of Low Testosterone
Although you might want to go right from low testosterone diagnosis to treatment. It is important to first find out the cause of your low testosterone. Causes can include many health conditions, such as:
- Congenital causes
- Childhood mumps infection
- Injury to the testes
- Changes in thyroid function
- Systemic infection, such as HIV/AIDS
- Sleep apnea
- Pituitary disorders
Taking supplemental testosterone without investigating further can make it harder to identify certain underlying medical causes. If there’s an underlying cause that can be treated effectively, your low testosterone may go back to normal levels.
If left untreated, low testosterone can contribute to low bone density or heart disease risk. But it doesn’t have to — low testosterone is relatively easy to treat.
The goal of your treatment plan will be to get your testosterone levels back into the normal range. Your treatment will likely depend on your overall health and well-being in addition to your low testosterone diagnosis. If your low testosterone is due to a treatable condition such as sleep apnea, treating your sleep disorder will be at the top of the priority list. Contributing factors, such as obesity, may take more time to manage, but men who lose weight often see improvement in their testosterone levels.
If there’s no underlying condition that can be treated or if treatment isn’t working, you and your doctor will discuss testosterone treatment to get your level back to normal.
Types of Testosterone Treatment
- Oral Testosterone
- Intramuscular Injections
- Transdermal (Topical)