Low testosterone levels are common in men aged 50 and up, and the lack of this hormone can affect your relationships and quality of life. Fortunately, the right kind of treatment can reverse low testosterone, allowing you to reclaim life’s pleasures. A Newport Beach low testosterone doctor could help you do this via bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy. To schedule a consultation, get in touch with an experienced doctor.
Male testosterone levels peak around the age of 20, and once a man reaches his 30th birthday, he can expect testosterone levels to drop about 1 percent per year. Although men may seek help when low testosterone levels affect their sex drive or erectile function, testosterone is actually responsible for more than sexual health.
Testosterone also helps build muscle and burn off fat, so low levels affect various aspects of a man’s life. Low testosterone can also result in depression and a general dissatisfaction with life. Besides loss of libido and sexual dysfunction, symptoms of low testosterone levels include:
Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Some forms of testosterone are available over the counter, but it is unwise for any man to self-medicate when it comes to testosterone replacement. In addition to the potential danger posed by over-the-counter products, these forms of testosterone are not natural and can cause serious side effects.
Bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy, on the other hand, is the same on the molecular level as that produced by the testicles, so the body recognizes and uses it in the same way. Unlike non-bioidentical forms of testosterone, bioidentical testosterone may protect the cardiovascular system, lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Not all men with low testosterone are candidates for testosterone replacement therapy. Men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer should not receive this treatment, nor should those currently battling cancer or heart disease.
While it may sound counterintuitive, those hoping to father children are not candidates for testosterone therapy, as it can actually lower sperm counts. Other forms of hormone therapy may be available for such men.
Because medications for hypertension, depression, cholesterol and other conditions can also lower testosterone levels, it is crucial for patients to inform their doctor about any medications—prescription or over the counter—that they are currently taking. In addition, a Newport Beach low testosterone doctor could take a man’s complete medical history and performs a physical examination.
Testosterone levels are confirmed with a blood test. The doctor then determines the dosage of bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy based on the lab results, symptoms, and other factors relating to each specific patient. Each patient can discuss with the doctor the best form of testosterone replacement therapy—injectable, gel, cream, or intradermal pellet—for them in particular.
All bioidentical testosterone hormones are custom-made for each patient in a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy. However, patients should still return for regular monitoring of their hormone levels and any necessary adjustments to their dosage.
Within a few weeks of starting therapy, men should notice a definite improvement in the way they feel. The full effects of bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy are typically evident within six months.
If you have symptoms of low testosterone and would like to know whether you are a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy, call a Newport Beach low testosterone doctor today. Although Dr. Jacobson only practices periodically out of Newport Beach, Dr. Jacobson is always available to schedule consultations remotely over telephone, FaceTime, or Skype.