Do You Have Low Testosterone (Low-T)?
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. It is manufactured mainly in the testicles and is regulated by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. It is secreted directly into the blood stream and makes its way to the tissues (“target organs”). In the adult it promotes and maintains typical male characteristics and features such as building up our muscles and bones, deepening our voice, causing our beard and body hair to grow. It’s the force behind our sex drive and many brain related functions. In short, it’s what helps make a man a man.
After the age of 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone (1% per year on average). Other factors apart from aging can lower it further. Insufficient levels of testosterone can result in numerous physical and psychological symptoms.
What are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
- Loss or decrease of libido (sex drive)
- Decrease or loss of morning erections
- Fatigue or decreased energy
- Decreased muscle bulk and strength
- Weight gain and increased body fat
- Decreased athletic and physical ability
- Decreased stamina and endurance
- Decreased motivation, self-confidence and productivity
- Poor concentration and memory
- Feeling sad or blue or depressed
- Decrease of body hair
- Osteoporosis and bone fractures
- High cholesterol
- Sleep disturbance and daytime sleepiness
If you’re experiencing some of the symptoms listed above and your testosterone level is low, you may benefit from testosterone replacement therapy. Treatment safety requires a well-designed treatment and monitoring program. We specialize in customizing and carefully monitoring each individual’s therapy and progress.
Most primary care physicians do not routinely check testosterone levels. This is an area of medicine that many physicians are not well versed in. They are unfamiliar with the medical workup necessary to make the diagnosis and are not comfortable treating and monitoring these patients. Many are hesitant to treat symptomatic patients with low normal levels of testosterone. Here at Charleston Men’s Clinic we specialize in diagnosing hypogonadism and testosterone replacement therapy and it’s one of the primary focuses of our practice.
What Does It Feel Like to Receive Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Most of our patients experience increased libido, improved well-being with enhanced motivation, better muscle tone, increased energy, improved mental clarity, reduced body fat and revitalized sexual function. In other words, they feel like a new man!
How Is Low Testosterone Diagnosed and Treated?
The diagnosis can be made with simple blood tests. 97-98% of the testosterone in our blood is bound to proteins and can’t get to the target organs. We measure both total and free testosterone levels in order to get as accurate a picture as possible. If you are over 40, we also check your PSA level to screen for occult prostate cancer. Testing is included in the cost of your initial visit to Charleston Men’s Clinic.
Testosterone replacement therapy is very affordable and competitively priced.
Questions? Contact Charleston Men’s Clinic for more information about the services we offer at Charleston Men’s Clinic.
Insufficient levels of testosterone may lead to abnormalities including decreased energy, fatigue, increased body fat, weakness, decreased motivation, initiative and self confidence, osteoporosis, anemia,