While commonly thought to be a primarily male-bodied hormone, testosterone is produced by all healthy human bodies to one degree or another. The majority of testosterone in the human body is produced in the reproductive system, either the testes or the ovaries. Testosterone plays a vital role in all human bodies, and those experiencing low levels of this hormone may experience related medical concerns. Our Nurse Practitioner worked closely with the world’s leading experts in treating low testosterone and provides expert care backed by an understanding of the nuances of diagnosing and treating this concern.
What Symptoms Will Let Me Know I May Have Reduced Testosterone Levels?
A reduction in testosterone in the body can have a variety of effects on the body, some of which are subtle, while others may be more obvious to the patient. Included in the list of potential symptoms are a reduction of sex drive, diminished muscle mass, a reduction in body hair, the growth of unwanted breast tissue, and erectile dysfunction in men. Female-bodied patients experiencing low testosterone may begin developing unwanted body and facial hair, a deepening of their voice, infertility, and irregularities in the menstrual period. In the absence of other causes, low testosterone is a possible cause and can be tested for by your Nurse Practitioner.
How Can My Testosterone Levels Be Improved?
Changes to your lifestyle can have a meaningful impact on your testosterone levels without resorting to more invasive or pharmaceutical treatment options. Getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and losing weight are often the most effective first steps in improving your testosterone levels. If these prove ineffective or are inappropriate for the root cause of your low testosterone concerns, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) may be attempted.
What Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is a treatment that is often used for patients suffering from concerns such as male hypogonadism. Three methods of TRT are available, all involving the administration of additional testosterone to the patient. The treatment is available in gel, patch, and injection forms. Many patients prefer the gel or patch option for the ease of use and the lack of a need for repeated visits to their Nurse Practitioner. Injections are also quite effective, but require the patient to visit their Nurse Practitioner weekly or bi-weekly for injections, making them the least convenient. All forms of treatment accomplish the same goal, getting additional testosterone to the patient.
What Risks Are Associated With Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Most medical treatments come with some degree of risk, and TRT is no exception. While side-effects are relatively rare, the following are known to be associated with the treatment.
- Acne or Skin Conditions
- Sleep Apnea concerns
- Lower Sperm Reduction
- Shrinking testicles
- Enhanced Heart Disease Risk
- Breast Enlargement
Low testosterone also comes with its own list of risks, including hip fracture, heart attack, and stroke.
How Our Office Addresses Concerns of Low Testosterone
If you express concern over low testosterone levels, our Nurse Practitioner will start with a comprehensive testing process. This process will go over your list of current medication and health concerns to see if they may be having an impact. The particulars of your current lifestyle will also be addressed, such as diet, weight, and activity levels. We provide a level of treatment both in expertise and available options often not available in other practices.
Almost 70% of all concerns over low testosterone can be narrowed down to lifestyle concerns and can be addressed by making changes without the need for medication. Once we’ve confirmed low levels of testosterone, we’ll discuss possible treatment methods, from lifestyle changes to medication, and set appropriate goals. Throughout the treatment, we’ll monitor your progress and ensure that you’re responding well and in good health.
If you think you may be living with symptoms of low testosterone, give our office a call today. During your visit, we’ll perform a comprehensive medical history and exam and discuss your health concerns. We are proud to serve our community and look forward to welcoming you to our patient family.