Testosterone is the chemical hormone in men that is responsible for the development of male secondary sexual characteristics. Testosterone production peaks during puberty and starts to decline after age 30. Testosterone is primarily produced by the reproductive system in both men and women. It’s normal for women to have small amounts of testosterone, but men need greater levels.
Testosterone is closely linked to male sex drive and sperm production. Testosterone also affects muscle mass, hair growth, bone density, mood, and even red blood cell production. The hormone needs to stay at a certain level to keep all of this in check and your body functioning properly. Dr. Hey or Dr. Hey Jr. can do a simple blood test to determine if you have the testosterone your body needs.
Men’s testosterone levels should range from the upper 200s to over 1,000 ng/dL. Your testosterone levels typically drop as you age, but obesity, illness, infection and genetic factors can drastically drop your testosterone level. The doctors will diagnose levels in the 200s and below as low testosterone, commonly called Low T.
Low T can generate a variety of symptoms in men, including:
If the father-and-son urology team at DFW Urology Consultants diagnoses you with Low T, they have a variety of treatment methods to consider. They typically suggest bioidentical hormones or testosterone injections to treat Low T.
If they suggest testosterone injections as the best treatment option, you will get an injection every week or two from among various formulations. Because everyone is different, it could take from a few weeks to a few months for your testosterone level to increase.
The doctors could also suggest bioidentical hormones, which were created to match your natural testosterone. Bioidentical hormones come in various forms, including pellets and creams.
Dr. Hey and Dr. Hey Jr. can help you get your testosterone levels in check to improve your mood and foster a better relationship with your partner. If you’re experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, call DFW Urology Consultants or request an appointment online today.
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