Fatigue, sexual dysfunction, and loss of muscle mass could be due to low testosterone, a common men’s health problem that’s easily treatable. At Huntington Urology Specialists, located in Pasadena, California, Armen Dikranian, MD, Ramin Khalili, MD, and their specialized team offer a wide array of solutions to increase testosterone levels to a normal, healthy range. Schedule an appointment with Huntington Urology Specialists by calling the office or booking online to get screened for low testosterone.

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What is low testosterone?

Testosterone is a male hormone that affects numerous functions in your body. It’s responsible for normal sexual functioning, masculine features in men, and maintaining high energy levels and muscle mass. Testosterone naturally declines with age, about 1% each year after age 30. Treatment can reduce unpleasant symptoms and restore your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

Common signs and symptoms of low testosterone in men include:

  • Decreases in muscle mass
  • Increased body fat
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Thinning hair
  • Decreased bone mass
  • Breast tissue development

Risk factors for low testosterone include genetics, family history of low testosterone, prior radiation therapy or chemotherapy, older age, and obesity, as well as alcohol abuse, some medicines, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases. The condition can make you feel self-conscious and diminish your sex life.

At the first sign of low testosterone, schedule a visit with Huntington Urology Specialists for an evaluation.

How is low testosterone diagnosed?

A simple blood test helps your urologist determine if you have low testosterone. They also review your symptoms and medical history and complete a physical examination to develop a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you.

How is low testosterone treated?

The Huntington Urology Specialists team offers numerous testosterone replacement solutions to get your hormone levels back to a normal range and optimize your quality of life. They might recommend:

  • Gels
  • Patches
  • Injections
  • Oral or nasal products
  • Implantable pellets

Over time as testosterone in your body increases, expect to experience more energy, increases in lean muscle mass, reduced hair loss, a higher sex drive, and improvements in sexual function.

Periodically over the course of your treatment, your urologist checks testosterone levels and makes adjustments in dosages as needed to optimize your outcome. Every few months, they can implant subdermal pellets just beneath your skin to release a steady amount of hormones into your bloodstream.

Low testosterone isn’t inevitable with aging if you receive proper treatment. Schedule an appointment with the experts at Huntington Urology Specialists by phone or online to find out if hormone replacement therapy is right for you.