What is Low-T?
Low testosterone, or male hypogonadism, is a condition in which the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone — the hormone that plays a key role in masculine development and ongoing health.
Testosterone is the hormone that contributes to male sexual arousal, erection and ejaculation. Low levels of testosterone can be a cause of erectile dysfunction.
Low testosterone levels inhibit more than sexual function. Testosterone contributes to red blood cell production, muscle mass and bone strength. It is a factor in mood, clarity of thought and concentration.
In adult males, hypogonadism may alter certain masculine physical characteristics and impair normal reproductive function. Low testosterone can also cause mental and emotional changes. As testosterone decreases, some men may experience symptoms similar to those of menopause in women.
Aging is the primary cause for low testosterone. Testosterone levels naturally decline by 1% a year beginning in a man’s thirties.
Beyond age, risk factors for low testosterone can include
- Chemotherapy or radiation treatment
- High cholesterol or high blood pressure
- Injury or infection to the testicles
- Chronic illness, such as diabetes or HIV
- Alcohol/Opioid abuse
A blood test will determine whether a patient has a testosterone deficiency. Testosterone levels vary throughout the day. Testing is typically done in the morning when testosterone levels are highest.
The doctor will review your symptoms, medical history and medications. Other tests to determine the impact of your condition may be necessary, such as a bone density test to check for osteoporosis or a blood count for iron-deficiency.
Treatment Options and Other Services
There are number of ways to respond to the symptoms of Low-T, such as Testosterone Replacement Therapy.
We highly encourage you to discuss your options with your doctor.
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), is a hormone replacement therapy often prescribed to counter the effects of male hypogonadism, or low testosterone production. When the body no longer produces sufficient amounts of testosterone, replacement therapy is an option.
Mental and emotional health can be key factors in sexual wellness. Stress, anxiety or depression can impact libido, and a man or woman’s ability to engage with their partner. Seeking assistance from a mental health professional may help alleviate the underlying causes of the condition. The Elna Sexual Wellness Center offers sex therapy services.
P-SHOT FOR MEN
PRP therapy is as effective for men (the P-Shot) as for women (the O-Shot). The use of a man’s own blood factors to boost sexual response carries no heart-related risks. The injection floods the penis with regeneration cells that immediately begin revitalizing muscle, tissue and nerves. The therapy is non-invasive, with no side effects.
MEN’S SHOCKWAVE THERAPY
Erectile dysfunction can be treated with low intensity shockwaves that open constricted blood vessels in the penis. The treatment restores the blood flow that allows for spontaneous erection upon arousal, with no drugs or side effects. Shockwave therapy is now available for ED.