Low Testosterone Treatment in Orange County, CA
Low testosterone (Low-T) is more common than most men realize, affecting 40% of all men aged 45 and older. The expert urologists at Southland Urology have extensive experience helping men throughout Orange County overcome symptoms caused by low testosterone symptoms, such as a low sex drive and fatigue. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Fullerton or Yorba Linda or request an appointment online.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a male sex hormone that plays a major role in their sexual development and fertility. Varying levels of testosterone within a man’s body will affect many bodily functions, including:
- The Production of Body and Facial Hair
- Muscle Strength
- Sexual Drive
The men’s health specialists at Southland Urology can provide an expert testosterone evaluation as well as provide treatment if your testosterone levels are lower than normal. Learn more about Low T treatments and book your consultation today!
What Causes Low Testosterone?
It is completely natural for testosterone levels to decrease with age, leaving approximately half of men over the age of 80 with low testosterone (Low-T). You can also develop Low-T from a condition called hypogonadism, which occurs when the testicles don’t produce a normal amount of the hormone. Hypogonadism arises from underlying health conditions leading to Low-T that include:
- Side effects of certain medications
- Metabolic syndrome
- Injury or infection of the testes
- A congenital condition
- Side effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatments
- Issues with the pituitary gland
- An existing autoimmune disease
- A prior diagnosis of HIV or AIDS
Typical Symptoms of Low-T
Testosterone is responsible for the sexual characteristics of a man, but it has many other roles. It helps regulate men’s sex drive, muscle mass, bone strength, and overall strength. Testosterone also stimulates the production of red blood cells in men. In other words, Low-T has a far-reaching impact in your body.
In addition to a decrease in sexual desire and problems with erectile dysfunction, individuals with Low-T will also often experience:
- Loss of Body or Facial Hair
- Constant Fatigue
- Decreased Amounts of Lean Muscle Mass
- Signs of Depression
- Weight Gain
- Difficulty in Articulating Speech
How is Low Testosterone Treated?
There are a wide variety of potential solutions to a person’s low testosterone. Depending upon the particular patient and their case, natural options such as supplements or a new diet plan may be sufficient in boosting these hormone levels.
Some form of hormone replacement therapy is another popular option when it comes to treating Low-T. These may be in the form of an oral/intranasal medication, injection, or as hormone pellets. Different patients will have different techniques for testosterone administration based on their personal preferences and lifestyle.
When you notice changes in your sex drive, weight, or muscle mass, it may be time to address Low-T. The best way to begin treatment for low testosterone is to see a specialist, and to discuss your options with them. To schedule an appointment with a urologist from Southland Urology, please call our office in Fullerton or Yorba Linda today at (714) 870-5970.