If you feel drained of energy, can’t perform as well at work, or don’t have a sex drive, you may have low testosterone, a condition that affects 10-40% of men. At Advance Practice Care LLC, Sabrina Elien, NP, specializes in helping men regain their vitality by restoring their testosterone levels. To learn if your symptoms are related to a hormone imbalance, call the office in Delray Beach, Florida, or request an appointment online today.
Testosterone is well-known as the primary male sex hormone. At puberty, testosterone triggers all the changes that make a boy’s body mature, including growing taller and developing body hair. Throughout adulthood, men need healthy levels of testosterone, as the hormone:
Like all hormones, testosterone is so essential for your health and well-being that your body constantly monitors its levels. When testosterone levels fall below or rise above the normal range, your brain sends messages telling your testes to produce more or less.
You might feel weaker or notice your performance slipping due to the loss of muscle mass and strength.
You may gain weight, feel tired and depressed, or notice thinning body hair. In addition to losing your sex drive, you may also develop erectile dysfunction.
The most common cause of low testosterone in men is a condition called hypogonadism. Hypogonadism occurs when your testicles don’t produce enough testosterone.
Many health conditions can cause hypogonadism, including:
Health problems aren’t the only reason for low testosterone. After the age of 20, men’s testosterone levels naturally decline by 1-2% every year.
Your provider performs a physical exam and runs blood tests to verify your testosterone levels and identify signs of underlying health conditions. If you have low testosterone, the primary treatment is hormone replacement therapy.
Your provider recommends the type of hormone replacement based on your current testosterone levels. If you’re significantly low in testosterone, an injection, implantable pellet, nasal gel, or patch can deliver reliable doses.
As your testosterone levels return to normal, you’ll gradually notice an improvement in your symptoms. Restoring and maintaining your testosterone levels also prevents significant health problems, such as heart disease and osteoporosis.
If you feel sluggish or you’re concerned about a low sex drive, call Advance Practice Care LLC, or book an appointment online today.