Testosterone, a hormone produced in the body, is typically responsible for normal development and growth of male sex organs as well as maintenance of various other male sexual characteristics. Testosterone is produced in men within the testes, which are reproductive glands where sperm is also produced.
For men, a healthy range of testosterone levels is typically considered to be between 350 and 1,000 ng/dL (nanograms per decilitre), according to the FDA. Properly functioning physiology allows the testes and the brain to coordinate together in order to maintain levels of testosterone that stay within this range. Signals are produced by the brain that help to stimulate production of testosterone. When testosterone levels reach an acceptable range, these signals are slowed, which then allows levels of testosterone to decrease.
Testosterone production often decreases with age in men. Symptoms of low testosterone can include low sex drive, difficulty achieving erection, low semen volume, fatigue and lack of energy, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, increase in body fat, decrease in bone mass, and mood changes. Men who are experiencing any of these issues may consider testosterone therapy to help rectify the problem. The condition in which a man is not producing adequate levels of testosterone is often referred to as hypogonadism.
To test for low testosterone in men, a blood sample is usually taken to determine if the proper levels of testosterone are present. If a man is diagnosed to have low levels of testosterone in the body, testosterone replacement therapy may be recommended our Medical staff.
Possible benefits as a result of testosterone replacement therapy will vary depending on the symptoms which the patient has been experiencing and several other factors, but may include an increase in energy, decreased signs of depression, improved strength and muscle mass, improved sexual performance and desire, improved memory, higher levels of motivation, decreased personal body fat (along with a recommended diet and exercise program), and thicker skin.
There can be potential risks and side effects associated with testosterone therapy, so be sure to consult with our Medical staff who specializes in this treatment before proceeding with the therapy. Side effects for some patients may include an increase seen in red blood cells, effects on the prostate, adverse skin reactions, fertility issues, and sleep apnea. our Medical staff can advise you as to the potential side effects according to your medical history and the type of treatment that is recommended.