Q: What are some of the symptoms of low testosterone, also called “Low T”?
A: Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by the human body. It is mainly produced in the testicles in men. It stimulates sperm production and a man’s sex drive and also helps build muscle and bone mass.Testosterone production typically decreases as men age. Men can experience a range of symptoms if it decreases more than it should. Low T is diagnosed when levels fall below a normal range (300- 1000 ng/dL, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – other scales may vary). A blood test (called serum testosterone level) is used to determine your level of circulating testosterone.
A range of symptoms can occur if testosterone production drastically drops. Signs of low T (also called hypogonadism) are often subtle and can be mistaken for a natural part of aging.
Many men with low testosterone may experience symptoms such as:
The only way to tell if you are truly low testosterone, however, is to have proper blood work done by a medical professional.
Q: How is low testosterone treated?
A: There are many delivery methods for testosterone replacement. Patches, pills, pellets, and oral medications have all been used with varying levels of success. The gold standard in testosterone replacement, however, is still considered to be intramuscular injections of testosterone. If you are diagnosed as low T, testosterone injections are the best and most exacting way to bring your T levels into the normal range.
Q: What if I’m afraid of needles?
A: There are options if you, like many men, are less than excited about using needles to inject your medication. Speak with your Low T 99 physician about needle-free options!
Q: How long until I feel the effects of testosterone replacement?
A: Just like any medical condition, treatment results vary. That being said, once a man is diagnosed as low T and started on therapy, he will commonly start to feel and see changes in his body around 8-12 weeks. In my clinical experience, I see it happen sooner than that, but this is a good estimate.
Q: What kinds of health risks are associated with testosterone replacement therapy?
A: Just as with any medication or medical treatment there are inherent risks, however, it is important to remember that there is already testosterone present in the male body. Our treatments are designed to bring testosterone levels to where they once were at more vital times in a man’s life. Speak your Low T 99 doctor for more information specific to you and your concerns. Some examples of health risks which may be related to testosterone use: