Testosterone is a hormone that is responsible for the proper development of male sexual characteristics but it is also important for maintaining muscle mass, bone growth, healthy skin and hair, adequate levels of red blood cells, and sexual function.
As a man ages, the amount of testosterone in his body gradually declines which may need to be replaced. This decline starts after age 30 and continues throughout life. Common signs and symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Decreased energy level
- Worsened erectile function
- Depression and irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased sense of well-being
- Disturbed sleep
- Hot flashes
- Increased body fat
- Reduced muscle mass and bone density
- Change in cholesterol levels
- Decreased in strength and endurance
Treatments are individualized based on patient’s need and include application of patches, gel, foam, or use of injection medication. We will talk to you about risks and benefits of each therapy and decide on the course of action during your consultation. Common goals of treatment are to re-establish sexual functioning, libido, and improve overall mood. Restoration of normal testosterone levels can also improve muscle mass, prevent osteoporosis, and maintain mental acuity.