Testosterone is the male hormone most frequently recognized for its role in reproduction. However, testosterone does not only regulate sex drive and sperm production, but also maintains bone density, fat distribution, muscle mass and red blood cell production.
Although testosterone levels in men decrease naturally with age, when they drop below a certain point, they may result in adverse symptoms. Symptoms of low testosterone include: reduced sexual desire, infertility, insomnia, increased body fat, loss of muscle mass, depression or trouble concentrating.
Not all men affected by low testosterone experience symptoms. If there are no symptoms, low testosterone does not require treatment.
Low testosterone may be caused by a number of factors, including: aging, stress, liver cirrhosis, chemotherapy, inflammatory diseases, obesity, and chronic kidney failure.
The treatment for low testosterone is hormone replacement therapy and can be administered in a number of ways. Testosterone replacement may be injected into the muscles, via a patch, topically through a gel, or in pellets placed under the skin.
Once a doctor has approved hormone replacement therapy, patients should be aware of its possible side effects, including: acne, decreased urination stream or frequency of urination, exacerbation of sleep apnea, decreased testicle size, breast enlargement and fluid retention.
The Jackson Clinic Urologists offer services to patients all over West Tennessee and throughout the Mid-South including Paducah, Jonesboro, Memphis and Tupelo. Urology services are offered at the West Forest location.
To request an appointment, call 731.422.0213 or submit your request online.