Many men have lowered testosterone levels as they age, and these low levels can start to cause a variety of symptoms. Although many people think of testosterone as a sex hormone, it is a more complicated molecule than that.
Besides sex drive and assisting erections, normal testosterone helps do the following as well:
- Preserve muscle mass
- Maintain energy levels
- Maintain strong bones
- Support heart health
- Support brain/mental health
- Sustain normal mood
If you suspect you may have low testosterone, schedule an appointment with our expert, reconstructive urologists.
Low testosterone is typically diagnosed through a combination of symptoms and laboratory tests. A good first screening test is the ADAM questionnaire. If there is a suspicion of low testosterone, you will have a blood test. This may need to be repeated.
Treatment for Low Testosterone
Many treatments are available to get testosterone back to normal levels. It is important to monitor your levels as well as some related blood tests, as it can be dangerous to have testosterone levels that are too high. Treatments include the following:
- Intramuscular injections
- Absorbable tablets
- Long-acting depots
It is important to remember that having a level of testosterone that is too high is dangerous. We do not recommend additional testosterone treatment if the testosterone is at an appropriate level.
Testosterone & Prostate Cancer
There has been a fear that taking extra testosterone may cause prostate cancer. A number of studies have shown that having low testosterone may be related to having more aggressive prostate cancer. Normal testosterone levels do not cause prostate cancer, although it is important to look for evidence of prostate cancer when starting testosterone treatment. Even if a man has been treated for prostate cancer with surgery, it is safe (and even beneficial) to treat low testosterone.
William O. Brant, MD FACS FECSM, is a board-certified urologist, specializing in sexual dyfunction, disorders of the penis, Men's health, Peyronies diesease, male urinary incontinence, scrotal and testicular problems, and prosthetic surgery. He attended Dartmouth College (undergraduate) and the University of Washington, Seattle (graduate) and then ... Read More
Dr. Hotaling has significant training in both the clinical aspects of male fertility and genetic epidemiology and he is currently the only fellowship trained male infertility/andrology expert in Utah. He completed a 6 year residency in urology at the University of Washington, elected to pursue a year of sub-specialty training in male infertility ... Read More
Dr. Myers completed specialty training with Dr. Jack McAninch at University of California, San Fransisco. His fellowship was in trauma and urologic reconstructive surgery. In his practice, Dr. Myers treats a variety of conditions. These include conditions like urethral strictures, ureteral scarring from previous surgery or congenital development... Read More
Bladder Augmentation, Complications of Spinal Cord Injury, Complications of Urologic Surgery, Female Incontinence, General Urology, Mesh Erosion, Neurogenic Bladder, Pelvic Fractures and Urethral Injury, Radiation Injuries, Trauma and Reconstructive Urology, Ureteral Stricture, Urethral Stricture, Urinary Diversion, Urinary Strictures and Fistula, Urology, Vesicovaginal Fistula
Kathryn (Kate) Trueheart, PA-C, grew up in Rochester, New York and attended Boston University where she completed an undergraduate degree in East Asian studies. From there she went to Berkeley, California, where she attended Meiji College of Oriental Medicine, earned a master of science in Oriental medicine and became a licensed acupuncturist. Aft... Read More
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