Testosterone helps regulate much more than your sex drive. It also contributes to your muscle development, metabolism, and energy levels. The board-certified urologists at Urology Associates diagnose low testosterone and offer personalized treatments to restore your hormone balance and health.
Questions and Answers
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is the male sex hormone. Primarily produced in your testes, it controls your sex drive, sperm production, and other male sex characteristics like facial hair, muscle mass, and body composition. Testosterone also helps regulate your metabolism, energy levels, and other critical body functions.
Your body needs to maintain a specific balance of testosterone for optimal function. If you don’t have sufficient amounts of testosterone in your blood, you can develop a variety of disruptive symptoms.
What are the Signs of Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone levels can cause symptoms that include:
- Weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Loss of body hair
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue)
You might also lose motivation or not feel like yourself. Low testosterone can also contribute to mood changes, depression, and anxiety.
How is Low Testosterone Diagnosed?
If you have any of the above symptoms, you may be experiencing low testosterone.
Your doctor begins with a consultation to review your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle. They order blood tests to evaluate your testosterone levels and check for signs of other conditions that could cause similar symptoms.
How is Low Testosterone Treated?
If your symptoms are due to low testosterone, your doctor works with you to implement a treatment plan to restore your hormone health, including testosterone therapy. The team at Urology Associates of Mobile offers several types of testosterone replacement therapy, including topical creams and gels, injections, and subdermal pellets.
You have frequent checkups throughout your treatment. Your doctor needs to monitor your hormone levels and symptoms to ensure your treatment is effective. They can adjust your therapy as needed to optimize your health.
At the same time, your doctor provides advice on how to adjust your lifestyle to optimize your natural testosterone production. They might recommend dietary adjustments and daily exercise. Not only do your diet and activity levels affect your hormone health, but making healthy choices can help you lose weight, which can also regulate your hormone production.
If you’re concerned about low testosterone, call your preferred Urology Associates of Mobile location.