It seems you can't go anywhere these days without hearing about low testosterone - also known as Low T. It's normal for testosterone levels in men to decrease as they become older - it's just a part of life. But more frequently we are seeing that this decrease in the male hormone is showing lower levels in men in their 50s, 40s, 30s and even in their 20s. What used to be a taboo topic now floods that radio waves, is plastered across the highways on billboards, and advertised ad nauseam in publications and online. You may suffer from this condition - or there's a good chance you know someone who is having testosterone replacement therapy.
The good thing is, as it becomes more acceptable to discuss this hormonal shift, more and more men are willing to talk with their doctors and health care providers in an effort to find if there is something out there that can help make them feel like they used to.
Do You Have the Signs of Low Testosterone?
There are many symptoms that are associated with having lower levels of testosterone. Some are pretty noticeable—like having decreased sexual desire (low libido), noticeable reduction in strength and fullness of your erections, difficulty getting or maintaining erections, loss of muscle mass, etc.—and there are symptoms that you would not normally associate with this crucial hormone—like poor concentration and focus, decreased motivation, increased body fat, hot flashes, feeling fatigued, longer times to recover from working out and healing from injuries.
With the right testosterone replacement therapies, many men will experience the benefits of having their hormones in balance, and will start to 'feel normal' again. They will see an increase in lean muscle mass, restored clarity, better motivation and mood - and even improved erection quality.
However, and I can't stress this enough, it's extremely important that you go about this carefully. After all, so many body functions can be affected or altered by low or high levels of this hormone. It's not something you want to trust the sales person at the supplement shop at the corner strip mall with.
Attempting to self-regulate hormone levels can be dangerous, and lead to other conditions like liver toxicity.
How Do I Know if I Have Low T?
Aside from knowing that something is just 'off' either in your mind or body, the best way to determine if you have low testosterone is to have some tests done. Not only will these tests help to determine your current testosterone level and help establish a target for where you should be, it will also give insight as to why you are experiencing this condition. This is because low testosterone can be caused by hormonal imbalance, medications that you've taken, and in some cases it can be caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland.
And in each of those instances, the best way to determine the cause, and subsequently the proper treatment, is under the care of a medical professional. Our tests will measure your DHEA, estradiol, and your sex hormone binding globulin to find your current levels, and determine the best dosage needed to rebalance your testosterone level.
Can't I Just Take Some Supplements?
The market for testosterone enhancing products has exploded over the past decade. These products are largely unregulated for both quality and efficacy, which means you may be spending a lot of money on something that will have zero effect - or just as likely - have a negative effect. While it's true that some of these supplements will definitely increase your testosterone, they can have adverse effects on your mood, heart, and body.
How Do You Treat Low Testosterone?
We have a couple of different approaches to improving and stabilizing your hormone level. After the initial tests, an effective replacement therapy program can be created. We offer injections and topical solutions, but more men are opting for the convenience of testosterone pellet therapy.
When comparing the different options, the pellet therapy is more popular because you don't have to do anything between the treatments. With topical gels and creams, you have to apply them daily (sometimes multiple times) and you have to be extremely careful not to come into contact with women or children until the hormone has been fully absorbed by the body. Additionally, with the topical solution, you may have to use it for a few months before you start to notice any effect. With the injections, you will be given a 3 month supply along with syringes, and we will show you proper injection technique so you can administer your dose every week, in the comfort of your home. The injections work right away, but there is a sharp increase in the testosterone level followed by a rapid decline. This can definitely create mood issues, like depression.
With the pellet therapy, the initial testosterone boost starts to take effect within days, and then normalizes for a few weeks before beginning a gradual decline over the next 3-4 months. At that time, you are ready for your next round. With this protocol, there is less chance for dramatic and wild mood shifts.