Testosterone Replacement Therapy
If you’re a man suffering from low levels of testosterone, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. In fact, recent studies suggest that one in four men over the age of 30 suffers from low levels of testosterone. As men age, it’s common for their testosterone levels to decrease. However, if your testosterone levels dip too low, then you are likely to experience negative side effects, including, but not limited to:
- A decrease in energy
- A decrease in sex drive
- Abnormal weight gain
- Feelings of hopelessness and depression
- Weak bones
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms above, contact Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson today. We’ve helped hundreds of men increase their testosterone levels through our cutting-edge testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) treatment program, and we’re committed to helping you get back to a normal, active lifestyle.
Low Testosterone Levels and Hypogonadism in Men
Many men with low testosterone levels experience a decrease in sex drive, which is also categorized as hypogonadism. Hypogonadism occurs when a man’s sex glands, or testes, produce little to no sex hormones. The primary cause of this condition is often a result of testicular failure, though there are other factors that can play a role in this condition, including:
- Autoimmune disorders like Addison’s disease and hypoparathyroidism
- Liver and kidney diseases
- Genetic disorders such as Turner or Klinefelter syndrome
- Severe infections
- Radiation exposure
- Surgery on your sex organs
The secondary cause of hypogonadism may indicate that there may be a problem with your hypothalamus or pituitary gland. Other things that can play a role in the development of this condition include:
- Infections such as HIV and AIDS.
- Genetic disorders like Kallmann syndrome
- Pituitary disorders
- Inflammatory diseases like sarcoidosis and tuberculosis
- Rapid weight loss or obesity
- Nutritional deficiencies
- A tumor in or near your pituitary gland
Symptoms of Hypogonadism in Men
- Loss of body hair
- Muscle loss
- Abnormal breast growth
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decrease in sex drive
- Fatigue and difficulty concentrating
- Reduced growth of the penis and testicles
If you experience any of the above symptoms, then you should schedule an appointment with one of our men’s health experts as soon as possible. If you live near Tucson and you’re interested in learning more about hypogonadism and the various treatment options available, call our office or walk in for an appointment!
The Scary Effects of Low Testosterone
Testosterone levels in men tend to peak by early adulthood, but these high levels don’t last forever. When men reach the age of 40, their testosterone levels will start to drop by one or two percent every year. When men reach their 50s, many of the signs and symptoms of low testosterone start to appear, including changes in sexual desire, depression and anxiety, reduced muscle mass, weight gain, anemia, less energy, and even hot flashes. Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the most common side effects of low testosterone:
One of the worst side effects of low testosterone is sexual and erectile dysfunction. Men who are approaching their 50s or 60s may experience reduced testosterone and a reduction in their desire to be sexually active, also known as andropause. Men who experience a decrease in sex drive or the inability to maintain an erection often find themselves battling other problems that are emotionally driven, including insecurity and depression.
Reduced Muscle Mass
As you may already know, testosterone also plays a large role in shaping the male physique. As one of the primary drivers behind muscle growth and regeneration, testosterone plays a prominent part in building muscle mass. Some men who suffer from low levels of testosterone may start to notice a loss in musculature and physicality, which can be a huge blow to their self-worth and security. Additionally, many men with low testosterone levels gain weight quickly and have a difficult time losing it, which can further reduce testosterone levels.
If you notice that you become easily fatigued, or objects that were once easy to lift now seem much heavier, then you should consider scheduling an appointment with our men’s health clinic.
Mood issues are another common symptom associated with low testosterone levels. Many men experience a gamut of emotions when their testosterone levels are low, including stress, depression, insecurity, and irritability. Additionally, many men notice that they have a difficult time staying motivated or concentrating throughout the day. If you’ve noticed a major shift in your mood or the mood of a loved one, contact Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson today!
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
While low levels of testosterone can have a negative effect on your sex life, muscle mass, and mood, there are some effective and affordable treatment options available. One of the best solutions for men suffering from low testosterone levels is testosterone replacement therapy. Let’s look at different types of testosterone replacement therapy available:
Intramuscular Testosterone Injections
Due to its effectiveness and low cost, intramuscular testosterone injections have been used in the medical industry for years. This delivery method utilizes an oil-based depot injection with testosterone, and once administered, it is slowly released into your bloodstream. The most commonly recommended dosage for these injections is 100 to 200 mg every two weeks.
Given that injections are the most effective form of testosterone therapy available, we exclusively use them here at Men’s Vitality Center. Many men see a significant improvement in their symptoms in as few as three weeks, though it can take up to six weeks for some symptoms to resolve. Speak with your physician about your specific circumstances.
Two of the less effective forms of testosterone therapy include:
Transdermal testosterone replacement therapy is delivered in the form of a non-scrotal patch or gel. This application requires daily administration and has the benefit of mimicking testosterone’s normal circadian rhythm, peaking in the morning and slowly declining at night. While this form of testosterone therapy can be effective, it can be rubbed away and deliver inconsistent amounts of testosterone into the body.
There are oral preparations of testosterone that come in a pill form. This medication is taken by mouth with or without food up to four times a day or as directed by a doctor. While oral testosterone tends to be more effective than patches, they are not guaranteed to deliver a consistent amount of testosterone with each dose.
If you suffer from low levels of testosterone and you’re looking for the best treatment solution, schedule an appointment at Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson today. Our men’s health experts will create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and helps you become a happier, healthier version of yourself.
We look forward to speaking with you!