What is Hypogonadism?
Hypogonadism is a medical condition where the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone. Starting at age 30, Testosterone levels decline at a rate of 10% per decade. Studies show a decline in Testosterone puts men at increased risk of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
What are the symptoms of low Testosterone?
- Low Sex Drive or Libido
- Low Energy
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Decreased Muscle Mass and strength
- Increased Fatigue
- Depressed Mood
- Increased Body Fat
What are the benefits of Testosterone Therapy?
When the symptoms above are due to low Testosterone, Testosterone therapy will reverse them all. It will increase your libido and decrease your chances of getting ED. It will increase your lean muscle mass and decrease your fat mass. Other benefits include not only looking and feeling better, but a decrease in all-cause mortality.
How is Testosterone replaced?
When a testosterone deficiency is diagnosed, testosterone can be replaced with either daily topical testosterone cream or weekly intramuscular testosterone injections. Testosterone patches are also available but some patients develop a skin rash to the patch.
How can I tell if I’m on the right dose of Testosterone?
First, are your clinical symptoms better? If they are and your follow up blood test come back with your testosterone level in an optimum range, then you are on the right dose for you. If not, then we adjust the dose of your medication to get you there.
What happens if I stop the Testosterone Therapy?
Testosterone treatment can be stopped anytime, but one must understand that you will go back to feeling the way you used to. Once men are optimized on Testosterone Therapy, they usually continue it indefinitely. This is a personal choice for optimizing quality of life, not an absolute requirement.
Does Testosterone lead to Prostate Cancer?
No. High blood levels of Testosterone does not lead to prostate cancer. Interestingly enough, low blood levels of testosterone does not protect against Prostate Cancer either, and may actually increase the risk.
Will Testosterone Therapy lead to “Roid Rage?”
Will testosterone Therapy lead to blood clots(DVT/PE)?
No. A 2016 study involving over 71,000 patients with low testosterone showed no difference in occurrence Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolisms between patients treated with testosterone and those untreated.