Testosterone deficiency, also called male hypogonadism, is a condition in which your testosterone levels dip below the normal range. Low testosterone can cause unpleasant symptoms and may negatively affect your fertility. Seek treatment at the first sign of a problem.
Common symptoms you might experience because of testosterone deficiency include:
Your symptoms could be mild, moderate, or severe. Getting treated for testosterone deficiency can help you look better, feel better, and experience improved sexual functioning.
Aging is the most common cause of testosterone deficiency, as nearly 40% of men 45 and older have low testosterone. Other risk factors include obesity, poor nutrition, some medications, illnesses, diseases, and alcohol consumption. Sometimes, the cause of low testosterone isn’t clear.
Dr. Lee can diagnose testosterone deficiency using a simple blood test. She also reviews your symptoms, discusses your medical history with you, checks your vital signs, and completes a physical examination before personalizing your low T treatment plan.
Dr. Lee treats low T or hypogonadism using testosterone injections, oral medications, or a nasal spray. Some medicines help increase fertility. It’s important to take your medications exactly as directed by Dr. Lee, as she tailors each regimen based on your personalized needs.
Testosterone therapy keeps your testosterone levels within a normal range. Dr. Lee monitors hormone levels in your blood periodically to ensure your treatment works effectively. She can make changes to your treatment regimen as needed to maximize outcomes.
Additional treatments she may suggest include regular exercise, medical weight loss if needed, and a nutritious meal plan. Don’t smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol and alter your medication regimen if she asks you to because it may help with a testosterone deficiency.
If you suspect you have testosterone deficiency, call the Southlake Endocrinology PLLC: Do-Eun Lee, MD, office or schedule an appointment online.