Osteopathic Center for Healing
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians located in Rockville, MD
Male Testosterone Replacement Q & A
Andropause, male menopause, low T these are all different ways to name a condition characterized by a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes in men, erectile dysfunction, low libido, irritability, mental fog, muscle loss, and fatigue that are the result of low levels of testosterone. For men, testosterone production gradually decreases across the lifespan.
Often, andropause symptoms can be mistaken or brushed off as typical signs of aging and are thus, left untreated. However, adequate levels of testosterone are vital to a man’s health and wellbeing. According to a study published in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, nearly 40 percent of men over the age of 45 are affected by low testosterone. Testosterone levels begin to decline in a man’s late 20s and continue to decrease, reaching noticeably low levels around middle age. This is when men begin to experience symptoms of andropause or low testosterone.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- Weight gain
- Muscle loss
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Memory loss
- Low energy
- Gynecomastia (man boobs)
Safe, Effective Treatment for Andropause
There are many reasons for the decline of testosterone as men age. Many times adjusting lifestyle can help boost levels all on their own. Eating right, exercising, and getting good sleep are ways to optimize your T levels. Recently, testosterone replacement therapy has made it possible to increase vitality, muscle mass and recover from workouts more quickly. In addition, testosterone replacement therapy can help you sleep better and have an overall sense of wellbeing. In the bedroom, erections will be more robust and libido does improve.
Testosterone therapy is available in a variety of delivery methods including creams, gels, injections, and pellets. Pellet therapy has become the most sought-after delivery method of bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy, as it mimics the natural secretion process of endogenous testosterone. Testosterone pellet therapy delivers a steady dose of hormone over the course of three to four months, eliminating daily dosing hassles and reducing the risk of side effects.
We offer all types of testosterone replacement and work with you to determine how to best treat you after all your testing has been completed. Call for an appointment to get started with testing and finding your way back to health.
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