Low Testosterone

Low Testosterone Services Offered In King Of Prussia, PA And Marlton, NJ

Low Testosterone

Whether your sex drive has decreased, you're tired and irritable, or you've been gaining weight in unexpected places, low testosterone can stop you from feeling like yourself. Though it's normal for testosterone production to decrease with age, you don't have to live with these symptoms. At Dr. Hormone MD in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and Marlton, New Jersey, hormone pellet specialists offer hormone replacement therapy to help men and women regain their vitality. Call the office nearest to you or book an appointment online today.

Low Testosterone Q & A

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is a male sex hormone. All people produce testosterone, but men have far more testosterone than women. Similarly, men's bodies produce some estrogen — the female sex hormone — but in far smaller quantities than women.

Hormones are chemical messengers responsible for both simple and complex bodily processes. As a sex hormone, testosterone has a major role in sexual development and reproduction. In puberty, your testosterone levels rise, which causes changes, including your voice getting deeper, your genitals developing, and the growth of facial and body hair.

When you're an adult, testosterone helps regulate your sex drive and sperm production. It also affects processes throughout your body, including red blood cell production, mood, and energy. Low testosterone can affect more than just your sex drive and sexual performance.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

Low testosterone doesn't always cause problems. It's normal for your testosterone production to drop slowly, starting at age 30. This affects each person differently and usually starts to cause symptoms between the ages of 40 and 60.

When low testosterone does cause symptoms, they may include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low sex drive
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of energy
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Fogginess and difficulty concentrating

The symptoms that result from age-related low testosterone are also known as andropause. Like menopause, andropause results from normal age-related hormonal changes, but it doesn't mean you're no longer fertile.

The team at Dr. Hormone MD makes sure to rule out other conditions before treating you for low testosterone. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and clinical depression are a few of the conditions that can cause similar symptoms to low testosterone.

How is low testosterone treated?

If a blood test reveals that you have low testosterone, the team at Dr. Hormone MD may recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). TRT involves taking bioidentical testosterone to restore normal hormone levels. It can improve your energy levels, mood, and sex drive and reduce other symptoms associated with low testosterone.

Dr. Hormone MD offers multiple delivery options for TRT, including injections, patches, and gels. The best method for you depends on your medical needs and lifestyle.

TRT is most effective as part of a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and sticking to a regular sleep schedule can naturally boost your testosterone production. These changes are easier to make when your testosterone levels are balanced to begin with, so TRT is often a necessary part of your treatment.

Don't let low testosterone get you down. To start feeling like yourself again, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hormone, MD.