Reasons to See a Testosterone Replacement Therapy Specialist Q&A
Men’s Health of Mississippi provides hormone replacement therapy for men to improve the sign and symptoms of low testosterone for men. To learn more about therapy, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are located at 120 Fountains Blvd #1001, Madison, MS 39110.
Table of Contents:
What does testosterone replacement therapy do?
What are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?
What are the symptoms of low testosterone in a male?
When should you see a doctor for testosterone?
There are many men who have to deal with low testosterone. The number of people who are dealing with this is on the rise with 20% of men between 60-70 having this problem. The number jumps to 50% when men reach 80 and above.
Testosterone replacement therapy has been around for a long time. It offers some solid benefits for men who are dealing with sexual dysfunction and other concerns.
Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles of men and ovaries and adrenal glands in women. It is essential in the development of male growth and physical characteristics. Testosterone production is highest in the teens and 20s and generally starts to decline when men reach their 30s.
Testosterone is important for:
- Muscle mass and bones
- Facial hair and pubic hair
- Sex drive
- Physical development and deeper voice
- Mood and quality of life
- Verbal memory and thinking
Testosterone replacement therapy is a means to assist the body with testosterone when natural production has slowed. It will boost testosterone to treat andropause, male hypogonadism, and testosterone deficiency. Low testosterone can be due to a lack of natural production or the body’s inability to process it effectively.
The benefits of testosterone replacement therapy include:
1. Healthy heart and blood – testosterone helps in red blood cell production. Low testosterone levels increase the risk of cardiovascular problems.
2. Less fat and more muscle – testosterone increases lean muscle mass and energy levels which helps to burn calories.
3. Stronger bones- testosterone is essential in helping bone mineral density and keeping bones stronger.
4. Better spatial abilities, verbal memory, or mathematical reasoning.
5. Better libido- testosterone is a key hormone in helping with libido and sexual function.
6. Improved mood – low levels have been tied to depression, fatigue, and irritability.
The symptoms of low testosterone can vary a great deal, especially with age. The symptoms that indicate low testosterone in adults are:
– Reduced libido
– Erectile dysfunction (this can also be related to other physical and mental issues)
– Loss of pubic hair or armpit hair
– Shrinking testicles
– Hot flashes
– Azoospermia (low to zero sperm count) which causes male infertility
– Depressed mood
– Difficulties with memory and concentration
– Increased body fat
– Gynecomastia, enlarged male breast tissue
– Decrease in muscle mass and strength
– Decrease in stamina
Talking about lowered sex drive, fatigue, and loss of energy probably isn’t a conversation that you want to have with your doctor. If you think that you are dealing with symptoms of low testosterone, it is a good idea to start the conversation. Ideally, your doctor will bring up the topic of low testosterone at an annual physical.
Luckily, discussions about testosterone aren’t as difficult as they used to be. Television commercials about low testosterone have helped take some of the stigmas away. Increased research about the hormone has made more information available. Men who would not have talked about their symptoms in the past are finding it easier to do so now.
If you are experiencing some of the symptoms that are listed above, make the effort to talk to your doctor or to a specialist. They can help determine the correct course of action to help you get moving and have a better quality of life.
The team at Men’s Health of Mississippi is led by Dr. Walker. We are dedicated to giving men the care they need and deserve. We treat male-specific problems such as low testosterone. Schedule an online consultation or call the caring and compassionate staff to find out how we can help you get back the quality of life you deserve. We are located at 120 Fountains Blvd #1001, Madison, MS 39110. We serve patients from Madison MS, Jackson MS, Flowood MS, Brandon MS, Ridgeland MS, Florence MS, Richland MS, Byram MS, Terry MS, Clinton MS, Vicksburg MS, Flora MS, and surrounding areas.
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