Testosterone is the hormone that helps you stay strong, healthy, and vital. However, testosterone levels naturally go down over time, leaving you with symptoms like poor libido and muscle loss. At Advanced Urology Medical Offices in Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, and Culver City, California, the experienced team of urologists can diagnose low testosterone and treat it effectively with hormone replacement therapy. Book your appointment online or by phone today.
Testosterone is a hormone made in your testes. Women also make a small amount of testosterone in their ovaries.
Testosterone helps boys develop secondary sex characteristics like a deep voice and chest hair. A healthy testosterone level also helps you build muscle, maintain your libido, and maintain your energy level. Testosterone imbalance can cause serious symptoms. Low testosterone is far more common than high testosterone.
Low testosterone, also known as testosterone deficiency syndrome, develops when your body doesn't produce enough testosterone. Your urologist may diagnose you with low testosterone if your blood tests show that you have less than 300 nanograms of testosterone per deciliter (ng/dL).
Most men who suffer from low testosterone start with normal testosterone levels but then lose testosterone naturally as they age. You can also suffer from low testosterone due to congenital conditions like Klinefelter syndrome, trauma to your testicles, or chronic illness. Testosterone replacement therapy can be an excellent solution in all of these cases.
Some of the most common symptoms of low testosterone are:
Many men experience negative changes in virtually all parts of their life when suffering from low testosterone. But, fortunately, the problem can be effectively treated with testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone replacement therapy comes in several forms, including topical gels, tablets, injections, and implants. Your Advanced Urology Medical Offices specialist evaluates your testosterone depletion and specific needs and then recommends the right replacement method for you.
Every patient can respond a little differently, but in general, you can expect an improvement in your symptoms within around 3-6 months. Some men enjoy symptom relief sooner than that, but it does take some time for your body to replenish its testosterone to a healthy level.
Once your testosterone level is stable, your Advanced Urology Medical Offices specialist will likely do new lab tests every 6-12 months to make sure it stays that way.
Use the online booking tool, or call the Advanced Urology Medical Offices location nearest you to get help for low testosterone today.