While there are certain conditions or health issues that can result in low testosterone in men, there is also a common decrease in testosterone over time. This decrease in testosterone can steadily begin each year once a man reaches 30 years of age. However, men of all ages from children to teenagers and adults can suffer from low levels of testosterone. It is important to learn and identify these symptoms early and receive treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Even infants can experience a lack of testosterone due to a condition known as hypogonadism. This condition results from testicles that do not produce enough testosterone for the body. While some people may think that testosterone is only necessary for a small amount of time during puberty, testosterone is crucial for proper growth.
If an infant develops hypogonadism during fetal development, then the infant will experience a stalled or impaired growth of external sex organs. Thus, a male child can develop female genitals, ambiguous genitals or underdeveloped male genitals. If the mother seeks regular OBGYN appointments, then there is a much higher chance of diagnosing this issue early.
For teenagers, signs of low testosterone can include muscle development issues, overly long limbs, underdeveloped genitals or enlarged breasts. When it comes to men over the age of 30 experiencing low testosterone issues, they may not be aware of what is actually causing the issues. Symptoms of low testosterone in adults can include:
- Low energy levels
- A decrease in muscle mass
- Erectile dysfunction
- Infertility and a decrease in sex drive
- Slow hair growth or loss
- Loss of bone mass
- Difficulty focusing
While there are different treatment options for low testosterone in males of various ages, it is not something that one can treat with an over-the-counter-solution at the store. Many people seem to believe that low testosterone makes them less of a man and fall into a depression instead of seeking treatment. By not seeking treatment, you will never know the exact cause of low testosterone and what you can do about it.
Fortunately, we can use hormone replacement, also known as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to help treat low levels of testosterone in patients. Hormone replacement involves replacing or adding testosterone to the patient to help increase levels and prevent certain health issues. The treatment will vary on the degree of symptoms and the age of the patient. For instance, it is more likely for male boys/teens to continue a gradual treatment that mimics puberty.
There are multiple ways for male patients to receive the testosterone, including:
- Gum and Cheek
- Implantable Pellets
We will most likely give testosterone injections in the muscles. It is important to note that the amount and frequency of injections will vary per each patient. Due to this, the symptoms can change depending on the patient. You can give yourself the TRT injection at home after we determine the proper dose.
Patients can also use a patch containing testosterone that they apply each night to various areas of the body including the back, abdomen, upper arm or thigh. The patch will rotate through these locations every seven days to decrease skin reactions.
With multiple types of gel that can transmit the necessary testosterone to the patient, we will help determine if this is the proper treatment. You will apply the gel at different places on the body and have to avoid showering for a few hours after to let the skin absorb the gel.
Gum and cheek
Gum and cheek treatment is a small putty-like substance that the patient places in the area where the gums meet the upper lip. It will stick to the gum line while the body absorbs the testosterone into your bloodstream.
Another type of gel is available for people to pump through the nasal cavity. The patient must apply this type of testosterone to each nostril twice for three times per day.
We can implant testosterone pellets under the skin with surgery in order to help a patient. The patient will need this treatment at least every three to six months.
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While these are only a few of the options, we can also recommend that patients make lifestyle changes to help with lower amounts of testosterone. We will customize the treatment to the needs of each patient. If you are need of treating low testosterone or want to learn more, call and schedule an appointment today. We will have you visit us and begin the treatment process to help you live a more fulfilling life.
If you would like to learn more about low-testosterone and the various treatments we provide, call (561) 231-5015 to schedule a consultation.
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