Dallas Low Testosterone Specialists
Low Testosterone, medically known as hypogonadism, is a real medical condition that effects many men. Low Testosterone has many symptoms, including:
- Decreased energy
- Reduced sexual desire
- Depressed mood
At Turtle Creek Medical Center you’ll always be under the supervision of a Licensed Medical Doctor. We can help put together a safe and effective treatment that works.
Testosterone, What It Is and Why You Need It?
Testosterone is a hormone that is produced in the testes. During puberty this hormone deepens the voice, regulates bodily hair growth, and promotes testicle and penis growth. It can have an effect on many aspects of the male body during adulthood as well, including, but not limited to:
- Muscle development
- Bone density
When a man experiences lower testosterone levels it can mimic other illnesses such as diabetes, depression or high blood pressure. Some men with low testosterone might not exhibit symptoms, but should still obtain a blood test to be sure. Low testosterone can cause serious medical issues such as muscle weakening or brittle bones. It is important to determine the source, as low levels of testosterone can also be caused by hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is when either the testes or pituitary gland no longer regulate the proper levels of testosterone.
Detecting Low T
In many men testosterone levels are not always present with symptoms, so it is always a good idea to check with a doctor. This sort of hormone issue is not consistently related to age either, so younger men can be at risk. If a man experiences some or all of these symptoms he should see a professional, such as those at the Turtle Creek Medical Center:
- Trouble maintaining an erection
- Mood changes
- Hair loss
- Low semen levels
- Increase in body fat and/or loss of muscle mass
The level of testosterone detected by a blood test can be used to decide what type of treatment should be sought.
Prevention and Misconceptions
As with any medical condition, seeing a physician regularly can greatly reduce any issues with lowered testosterone. It can also help to determine whether or not there are any other risk factors that could reduce hormone levels in a patient.
Many men will not seek a physician’s help when it comes to matters of libido or the type of symptoms that present when testosterone is lowered. It is considered a socially unacceptable type of medical condition to have as a male. This is a dangerous mentality to have as lowered testosterone can have devastating side effects and can inhibit a male’s normal daily activities. When dealing with a health issue it is always important to see a physician right away in order to be treated.
Low Testosterone Therapy & Treatments
Treatment is determined by the physician when any underlying causes have been identified or ruled out; such as diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid issues, changes in medication, depression, or even hypogonadism. The proper treatment will also be decided by the specialist if it is determined the changing levels of testosterone are normal fluctuations due to the age of the patient.
A treatment plan will be something the patient and physician work together on, as each plan is unique to the patients needs. The treatment for low testosterone is usually in the form of an injection, patch, gel, or pellets. Those concerned about fertility usually are treated by injections as with any medication, treatment for lowered testosterone can have side effects. The physician will educate their patient on what side effects may be caused by the medication and how to properly use it. Many men who seek treatment for lowered testosterone return to the quality of life they had before and eventually show reduced symptoms. As with any medical treatment it is important to follow a physician’s instructions carefully and continue taking the medication until treatment is completed.