Low testosterone is a common occurrence among men. Testosterone is released in large amounts in the body of a boy during his pubescent years, and provides him the ability to grow facial hair, build muscle, deepen his voice, and creates his sexual desire.
Low testosterone, also referred to as “low-t”, in men affects 1 in every 200 males under the age of 60. Testosterone naturally begins to decrease at a rate of about 3% per year by age 40. This decrease in testosterone is inevitable
Low testosterone in men has been known to cause such symptoms as anxiety, stress and mood swings, difficulty concentrating, and a decreased ability to complete everyday intellectual tasks.
Weight gain around the belly and a loss of muscle are also common side effects of having low testosterone. A loss of libido and a decrease in sexual desire are also associated with low-T. Decreased quality of erections or “ED” is also common.
While it is unavoidable that a man’s testosterone will begin to decrease as he ages, there are a few things that cause lower than normal levels in men of all ages. Contributors to low testosterone are:
- Long-term use of medications
- Excessive use of alcohol and/or drugs
- Certain diseases and medical conditions
- Chemotherapy, Radiation treatments, and Cancer
The first step toward treating low testosterone levels is to discuss all of your symptoms with your urologist and then test the hormone levels within the body to see if this is indeed the problem. Low testosterone levels can be replaced through various types of testosterone replacement therapy. One such therapy is the insertion of testosterone pellets. These small, tic-tac size pellets are injected under the skin, near the buttock. The procedure is minimally invasive and leaves a very minimal scar. Many men will notice positive changes and an improvement in their symptoms in a matter of weeks.
While low testosterone can be nerve wracking for a man, it does not have to become a normal way of life. With the proper testosterone replacement treatment it is possible to replace the lost male hormones and regain some of the male features that were lost in the process.
To schedule an appointment at our Plano, Richardson and Frisco locations, call 972.612.8037. To schedule an appointment at our McKinney location, call 972.548.8195.