What is testosterone?
Testosterone is an essential hormone in the human body, and is one of the characteristic makeups of the male sex. While women also produce testosterone, it is in much smaller amounts. In men, testosterone is produced in the testicles. Production of testosterone significantly ramps up around puberty, and then begins to slowly decline and level out after the age of 30 or so.
Many people associate testosterone with sex drive, and it does play an important role in the vitality of your sex life, partly because it strongly influences sperm production. Testosterone also impacts your bone and muscle mass, the way fat is stored in the body, as well as red blood cell production. Testosterone can also have an influence on your mood.
How do you know if you have low testosterone?
Low testosterone, commonly referred to as low T levels or low T, can come with a range of symptoms, including:
- A decreased or significantly lower sex drive
- Lower or less energy in general
- Weight gain
- Feelings of depression or low mood
- General moodiness
- Lowered self-esteem
- Less overall body hair
- Thinner bones
What is the cause of Low Testosterone?
In general, as you age, testosterone tends to lower overall, and this is a normal, expected process. However, significantly low testosterone can be caused by a variety of factors, including any kind of injury or treatment related to the testicles, such as chemotherapy or radiation. Other serious health issues such as HIV/AIDS, alcohol abuse, kidney disease or cirrhosis of the liver can also cause or be related to lower testosterone levels. Stress can also significantly impact testosterone levels.
How is low testosterone treated?
Low testosterone is most commonly treated with Testosterone Replacement Therapy, or TRT. With TRT, synthetic testosterone is administered via oral use, injections, or in certain types of gels or skin patches. This treatment is intended for those who are experiencing low testosterone levels that are interfering with their overall health and quality of life.
If your low or reduced testosterone production is related to an underlying health issue, then it’s important to have that addressed and treated first before seeking TRT. As with many procedures or treatments, TRT does come with some side effects, including: oily or oilier skin, fluid retention, testicles shrinking, or a decrease in sperm production. However, if TRT is managed properly, these side effects can be diminished and mitigated.
Does Men’s Health of Mississippi treat low T?
Yes. At Men’s Health of Mississippi, we can treat low T levels with TRT, or we can provide testing and information about what may be causing your low testosterone levels. Many men avoid seeking help or information about low T due to stigma, and will suffer in silence for far too long. Because testosterone has long been associated with the ideal “manly” qualities, if you are experiencing the impacts of low T levels, you may feel like a failure, or like you’re not “man enough”. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Sometimes, low T levels are out of our control, and we need the right help and guidance to get back on track to feeling better.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today if you think you may be experiencing low T levels, and to find out if you’re a good candidate for TRT. We can provide a consultation appointment where we check your testosterone levels, and go over other potential causes or underlying health concerns that may be contributing to your low levels. If you are a good candidate for TRT, we can go ahead with the treatment, and administer it until your levels are back up to an adequate place that is right for you.
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