As men get older, their testosterone levels decrease, which can lead to disruptive symptoms such as weight gain, decreased libido, and fatigue. At North Florida Urology Associates, with offices conveniently located in Gainesville, Ocala, The Villages, St. Augustine, and Palatka, Florida, Perinchery Narayan, MD, Matthew Loughlin, MD, and the team of expert urologists provide hormone testing and testosterone therapy to resolve your symptoms and improve your health. Call or schedule a consultation online today for expert and personalized urological care.
Testosterone is the male sex hormone produced in your testicles. During puberty, testosterone contributes to the development of masculine features such as body and facial hair, a deep voice, and muscle mass. As you get older, testosterone helps keep your muscles and bones strong and contributes to your sex drive.
As men get older, their hormone production decreases, much like a woman experiences estrogen loss during menopause. However, low testosterone isn’t as widely understood, so men often mistakenly assume their low libido or weight gain as simply an inevitable part of getting older. Low testosterone is also caused by testicular cancer or other injuries to the testicles, chronic liver or kidney disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Low testosterone causes symptoms that may include:
Men experience low testosterone, sometimes referred to as andropause, to varying degrees. You may have severe symptoms that disrupt your life, or you might feel a little “off” or tired.
Testosterone therapy is a type of hormone replacement therapy that provides your body with the testosterone it’s no longer producing on your own. Testosterone therapy is usually delivered in a pellet that’s injected into your upper buttock, where it slowly releases hormones into your body. You can also have testosterone injections or use topical testosterone gels.
Before beginning testosterone therapy, your doctor at North Florida Urology Associates provides a comprehensive consultation and performs blood tests. They check your hormone levels and screen for other conditions that may be causing your symptoms.
Your doctor monitors your health closely throughout testosterone therapy. They need to make sure the treatment is resolving your symptoms and improving your health and well-being, while also keeping an eye out for side effects. You’ll have frequent blood tests so your doctor can monitor your testosterone levels.
Testosterone therapy can restore your hormone balance and resolve many of the troubling symptoms associated with low testosterone levels. As your energy levels and libido return to your normal levels, you feel more energized and are more likely to continue with healthy lifestyle changes to support improved health and well-being.
Call North Florida Urology Associates today or schedule a consultation online to learn more about testosterone therapy, including if it’s right for you.