Hormones are chemicals created by your body to regulate essential functions, from metabolism to reproduction. Every major function relies on a balance of hormones, but hormone levels naturally fluctuate throughout life.
Testosterone is the male hormone that’s responsible for fertility and male characteristics like muscle mass and hair growth. Low testosterone — when your body stops producing enough testosterone — can trigger a range of unpleasant health issues, from erectile dysfunction to weight gain.
Low testosterone can impact your quality of life, but the good news is that treatment can help. Our specialists at Advanced Urology, with offices in Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, and Culver City, California, offer testosterone replacement therapy to fight the effects of low testosterone. Personalized hormone replacement therapy means you could enjoy fewer symptoms with a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.
How low testosterone affects your life
Having low testosterone can impact your body in a variety of ways, from how well you sleep to your interest in sex. Along with mental changes, it can cause decreased muscle mass and increased body fat.
Low testosterone may decrease your sex drive and ability to perform in bed. Some men notice decreased libido, combined with difficulty achieving or maintaining a firm erection (erectile dysfunction) and low sperm count.
You might also notice changes in mood. Common symptoms of testosterone deficiency include mood swings, depression, and anxiety. Decreased motivation and difficulty concentrating or remembering things can also be linked to low testosterone.
Testosterone replacement therapy can help
If you think you could be suffering from low testosterone, make an appointment at Advanced Urology. Our team specializes in diagnosing and treating testosterone deficiency with personalized hormone replacement.
A comprehensive physical exam is the first step to finding help for your low testosterone. We evaluate your health and review your symptoms with you to determine if a hormonal imbalance is to blame.
Testosterone replacement therapy could be a good option for you if low testosterone is identified through your exam and/or blood work. We identify a starting dosage for you, and monitor your progress to adjust your therapy as needed to keep you feeling your best.
Your Advanced Urology doctor may recommend hormone replacement in the form of topical gels, oral tablets, injections, or pellets placed beneath your skin. Each delivery method has its benefits, and our team works with you to determine which method best fits your lifestyle.
Living life on testosterone therapy
Since every man is different, finding the right balance of hormones for you can take some trial and error. Our team partners with you to find the testosterone dosage that best manages your symptoms.
Most men begin noticing hormone replacement therapy taking effect about 3-6 months after starting treatment. It’s possible that you may notice improvements earlier.
If you choose testosterone injections, you may get one every 7-22 days, depending on your needs. Other methods may not require as many trips to the doctor’s office. For example, you can apply topical gel or take an oral tablet on your own at home.
As long as you’re on testosterone therapy, expect to maintain regular checkup appointments at Advanced Urology. We generally request new lab tests every 6-12 months after your hormone levels have stabilized to ensure you’re enjoying your best possible health.
Find help for your low testosterone symptoms at Advanced Urology. Schedule your exam by calling the office nearest you, or request an appointment online.