Testosterone Therapy Center in Orlando, FL
Many men with low testosterone levels are either not aware of the condition, or do not know that there are safe and effective remedies for their symptoms.
If you have begun noticing symptoms such as diminishing sex drive, fatigue, depression, mood swings, unexplained weight gain or hair loss, you do not have to simply accept these issues as a part of aging. Testosterone replacement therapy in men can put the spring back into your step and help you feel invigorated and confident once more.
Common Signs You May be Experiencing Low Testosterone
Some men may experience sudden drops in testosterone levels due to an underlying medical condition, but hormone levels in men may also decline naturally as they age, beginning as early as 40 and continuing into their 70s. This means that you may not realize that symptoms like moodiness, weight gain, or sexual dysfunction are a result of low-T, as they can come-on slowly and then subtly become more of a problem over time.
Symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Diminished sex drive
- Hair loss
- Muscle loss and weakness
- Weight (fat) gain
- Erectile dysfunction
- Lethargy and fatigue
- Irritability or depression
- Poor memory and/or concentration
- Diminished confidence or general well-being
How We Diagnose Low-T
If you are regularly experiencing some or all of these symptoms, you should see a doctor for a comprehensive exam, and to be tested for low testosterone. Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history to rule out any underlying health issues that may be causing a hormonal imbalance.
Some potential causes of testosterone deficiency include:
- Infection of the testicles
- Klinefelter’s Syndrome (extra X chromosome)
- Excess iron in the body (hemochromatosis)
- Pituitary gland dysfunction
- Steroid use
- Cirrhosis of the liver / alcoholism
- Systematic inflammatory conditions
- Chronic high stress levels
- Cancer treatments (radiation, chemotherapy, hormone analogue medications)
Once your physician rules out other medical conditions, he will measure the amount of testosterone in your blood with a series of simple blood tests. It may require several tests to verify testosterone deficiency, since hormonal levels tend to fluctuate throughout the day. Because testosterone levels are generally highest early in the day, your doctor will likely want your first test to be done in the morning. If your physician determines that your symptoms are due to decreased production of testosterone, they will offer a variety of treatment options that provide effective hormone replacement. Dosages are adjusted by your physician according to your individual symptoms and testosterone levels.
The choice of hormone replacement therapy is best made with a thorough discussion of the options and their side effects with your physician.
Key Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
If you have been suffering the symptoms of testosterone deficiency, you may experience significant improvement with testosterone therapy. Many men report increased energy levels of sex drive, improved moods, fat loss, and an increase in muscle mass with exercise. Testosterone may also increase bone density and insulin sensitivity in some men. The degree of change in symptoms – whether effects are mild or a major change – varies with each individual.