If you are a man who no longer has the energy—physical or mental—that you did just a few years ago and your interest in sex is waning, there is an excellent chance your symptoms are occurring because your testosterone levels are low. By age 30, a man’s testosterone levels decline about 1 percent per year, typically becoming noticeable by the time a man is in his mid-40s.
While you likely would not return to the testosterone levels of adolescence, most men would not mind turning back the hormone clock 15 or 20 years. Fortunately, modern medicine may be able to naturally bring your testosterone levels back up. Long Island hormone therapy for men administered by Dr. Edward Jacobson could help you reacquaint yourself with the man you used to be. Contact a skilled doctor who understands hormone imbalance treatment and schedule an appointment today.
Just because a man is older does not necessarily mean he is suffering from low testosterone. However, certain symptoms are common signs of low testosterone, including:
Unfortunately, not all men are candidates for testosterone replacement therapy. Those with prostate or other cancers or active heart disease should not receive testosterone therapy.
While testosterone is the most common of the hormones used in male hormone replacement therapy, it is far from the only one and is not suitable for all men. For example, testosterone replacement therapy can actually cause sperm counts to drop, which may be of utmost importance for a man looking to have children.
For such individuals, hormones such as Clomid or human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) may be better options. The former is also a primary treatment for hypogonadism, which results from insufficient testosterone production. The latter could be useful therapy for men whose sperm counts have declined due to longtime use of anabolic steroids.
Because other conditions may cause low testosterone, the doctor would administer a blood test to determine whether other factors, such as diabetes or thyroid issues, are causing symptoms similar to low testosterone. Certain medications may also cause these symptoms. As a result, treatment of these conditions or a change in medications may boost testosterone levels.
If there are no indications that low testosterone is anything but age-related, testosterone replacement therapy may begin. Patients are monitored regularly during the process, and dosage amounts are changed as needed.
Men may also decide on the best type of hormone therapy for their needs based on delivery modes. Testosterone therapy is available in various forms, including gels, patches, intradermal pellets and injections. Clomid is available in pill form, while HCG requires daily injections performed by the patient or his partner.
It is likely you have many questions regarding hormone therapy for men, and it is important to make an informed decision. Call Dr. Edward Jacobson today to schedule an appointment, or contact our office online. Dr. Jacobson could discuss your options with you and help you identify the best type of male hormone replacement therapy for your needs.