Testosterone, the male hormone produced by the testicles, is needed for proper sexual function and for overall health. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency (also called Low T), which may affect men of all ages, include decreased libido, erectile difficulties, lack of energy, fatigue, irritability, and loss of muscle mass. After diagnosing Low T as a problem, the SUS experts in Winchester, Va introduce our patients to testosterone replacement therapy options, including oral therapy, topical gels, injectable testosterone, and implantable long acting testosterone pellets, so the level is not too low and not too high. Then we help each patient select the treatment option that works best for him.
What is Low Testosterone?
When the body does not produce enough testosterone, it's often referred to as low testosterone or hypogonadism. Testosterone is a hormone that plays a key role in maintaining masculinity throughout a man’s life. Testosterone helps maintain and regulate muscle mass, muscle strength, bone density, fat distribution and sex drive.
What are the effects of Low Testosterone?
Low T may cause several problems such as:
• Erectile dysfunction
• Difficulty losing weight
• Increased belly fat
• Decrease in muscle mass
• Development of increased breast tissue
• Loss of bone mass
• Lack of motivation
• Low sex drive
• Difficulty concentrating
How is Low T diagnosed?
Readings of a man’s total testosterone can be tricky to accurately ascertain. We usestate-of-the-art technologies, such as free testosterone assessment and bioavailable testosterone calculations, to ensure a precise diagnosis. We may also need to check your estradiol levels, which helps ensure a proper balance of testosterone and estrogen in a man’s body — a possible root cause frequently overlooked by the general medical community.
What is the treatment for Low Testosterone?
Treatments can include topical therapies such as patches, creams and gels. Injectable testosterone among several other modalities, can also be a highly effective replacement therapy. Regardless of the treatment method that's best for you, we’ll craft a regimen that will help you achieve peak sexual and athletic performance at medically appropriate levels of testosterone.
Will TRT work for me?
Approximately 90% of men being treated for Low T by experienced urologists find success.
Can I undergo TRT if I’m taking drugs for erectile dysfunction?
ED has many causes, and low testosterone is often one of them. In many men, TRT will help with erectile dysfunction if Low T is a factor in the diagnosis. TRT may also enhance the effectiveness of your ED drugs.
What are the risks of TRT?
There are risks to testosterone replacement therapy, but with regular monitoring by our urologists, board-certified by the American Board of Urology, these can be mitigated before they cause any significant complications.
• High Blood Pressure
• Elevated Cholesterol
• Elevated Red Blood Cell Count
• Sleep Apnea
• Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease