Low Testosterone Treatment
Testosterone is a type of hormone produced by the testicles. It plays a significant role in male appearance and sexual development. It is also involved in sperm production, sex drive, and muscle-building. Unfortunately, testosterone production decreases with age. Data from the American urological association have indicated that two out of 10 men older than age 60 have low testosterone.
A normal level of testosterone is between 300 to 1000 mg/dL. Anything below 300 ng/dL is considered low.
GuruMD offers medical care for low testosterone levels and online consultations right from your home. Here’s what you need to know about low testosterone.
What Is Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone or low-t is a condition where the testes do not produce enough testosterone. It affects almost 40% of men over the age of 45 and can result in typical symptoms of fatigue, low sex drive, and loss of muscle strength. Some people are born with low-t, while others can develop it later in life from an injury or infection. Luckily, low testosterone levels can be treated with testosterone replacement therapy, depending on the etiology of the condition.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Common symptoms of low testosterone level are:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Depressed mood
- No sex drive
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Loss of muscular strength
There are also other symptoms such as:
- Thinning of the bone or osteoporosis
- Decreasing body hair
- Breast development or gynecomastia
- Increase body fat
How Does GuruMD Treat Low Testosterone?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with low-t.
Our board certified professionals will ask some questions about the symptoms and their duration, your medical history, and other pertinent details. The provider will also send the patient to the lab to get a blood test to measure the levels of testosterone. The lab will take several measurements because the hormone levels tend to fluctuate throughout the day.
Usually, people experience higher levels of testosterone in the early morning, which is why doctors prefer to measure hormones during that time. If the testosterone level is less than 300 ng/dL, then the patient is diagnosed with low-t.
Usually, low-t are treated with testosterone replacement therapy, which is given in several ways, including:
- Intramuscular injections every 10 to 14 days
- Testosterone patches
- Testosterone gel
- Pellets implanted under the skin every two months
The doctor will also have to consult the patient about the benefit and side effects of testosterone therapy.
The benefits of testosterone replacement therapy include:
- Lower body fat
- Increase bone density
- Improve sex drive
- Improve mood
- Enhance mental sharpness
- Greater muscle strength
The side effects of testosterone therapy are:
- Swelling of the ankle
- Breast enlargement
- Prostate enlargement
- Smaller testicles
- Sleep apnea
- Skin irritation
- Increase Red Blood Cell Count
- Increase PSA or prostate-specific antigen
- Decrease sperm count, which may potentially lead to infertility.
With testosterone replacement therapy, it’s essential to have regular follow-up appointments with the physician.
In addition to discussing the benefits and side effects of testosterone therapy, the doctor will have to talk to patients about risk versus benefits of evaluating prostate cancer. Before starting testosterone treatment, the clinician would have to assess for prostate cancer risk, which means the PSA level should be checked at three, six, and twelve months within the first year.
Since testosterone therapy can cause the process to grow, it’s not recommended for patients who have early prostate cancer. There is a concern that testosterone treatment can stimulate cancer growth in the prostate region. Therefore anyone with a past medical history of prostate cancer should not take testosterone therapy, which is why the doctor needs to initiate a prostate screening before allowing the patient to obtain this type of treatment.
To make sure you’re on the right track, we also offer routine care for patients with low testosterone levels. We want to make sure you have a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
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