When do a man’s testosterone levels peak? The answer is in the mid-20s. Ever since, men lose testosterone at the rate of about 1 percent per year.
For a long time, the testosterone loss may not seem obvious, but by the time men hit late middle age, they can usually feel a change in their bodies and sexual functioning.
Fortunately, there is a way to reverse some of the effects of aging on the male body via testosterone treatment. A Manhattan testosterone treatment doctor can help make you feel like the man you once were. Contact a skilled doctor today to learn more.
Symptoms of low testosterone run the gamut – lower sex drive, difficulty maintaining erection, or fewer spontaneous erections are just part of the story. Even if sex drive is not particularly affected, low testosterone can harm fertility and overall vitality. Other physical and mental changes include:
Many men opt for testosterone treatment to boost a lagging sex drive or deal with erectile function, but these are far from the only benefits. Testosterone treatment can help improve the overall quality of life and health, including:
Testosterone has a profound effect on a man’s self-confidence and sense of self. Men undergoing testosterone therapy may feel less anxious, depressed, or irritable – they may start feeling just fine in many aspects of life.
Prior to starting therapy, all patients undergo blood, urine, or saliva testing to determine testosterone levels. Patients must also complete a thorough medical history and tell the doctor about all medications and supplement they take, whether prescription or over-the-counter.
There are many so-called testosterone supplements available over-the-counter, but they are not “testosterone treatment,” which requires medical supervision. Many of these supplements are unsafe or even dangerous.
Testosterone treatment consists of the appropriate amount of the hormone prescribed by the doctor as per the patient’s test results. Many men prefer topical gel treatment, but testosterone therapy is also available in injectable, pill, and patch forms.
Along with regular monitoring, men on testosterone therapy are given custom-tailored diet and exercise regimens to maintain optimal health.
Not every man is a candidate for testosterone treatment. Men with the following conditions should not undergo testosterone therapy:
Men with a PSA above 3ng/ml should not undergo testosterone treatment until they have been further evaluated.
Testosterone treatment may come with some unexpected side effects. It is possible for the testicles to shrink after commencing testosterone treatment. This, in turn, effectively shuts down sperm production. If you are planning on having a child, such shrinkage rules out conception.
Some men may notice mild swelling in the feet or ankles, as testosterone may encourage fluid buildup. Acne may flare up once again, because of increased oil production.
If you want to know more about testosterone treatment in Manhattan and whether you are a good candidate, call the offices of Dr. Edward Jacobson today to arrange a consultation.