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Low Testosterone Therapy 

Impact of Low Testosterone Levels

Many men experience low testosterone levels as they age. According to a study in the International Journal of Clinical Practice, about four in 10 men age 45-plus have low testosterone levels. Low testosterone may be more common in men with diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure, as well as men who are obese. Low testosterone may be a cause of erectile dysfunction — your physician should evaluate this as part of an ED diagnosis and treatment plan.

Effects of Low Testosterone Levels

While low testosterone can be an underlying cause of ED, it also can cause physical and mental/emotional symptoms, so being treated for it can improve a man’s overall health, energy levels, and feeling of well-being.

Physical symptoms of low testosterone can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Low Libido
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Decreased strength
  • Increased body fat
  • Depression
  • Facial and body hair loss
  • Decreased energy
  • Decreased physical or work performance
  • Hot flushes and sweating

Mental or emotional symptoms of Low T can include:

  • Depression
  • Irritable mood
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Less motivation, drive, self-confidence, and loss of enthusiasm

In addition, low testosterone levels may also be tied to heart health, blood sugar control, and osteoporosis.

Low T Therapy

Low testosterone therapy, sometimes called testosterone replacement or “low T” therapy, is often advertised on television and in magazines as a way to help men feel more alive and energetic and to increase sex drive. It can be helpful to men with symptoms of low testosterone whose hormone levels are confirmed to be low with a blood test, but it is not a treatment that anyone can request just to feel better or increase sex drive and virility. Low testosterone therapy can be administered via a skin or mouth patch, gel, injection, or implants (pellets implanted into the soft tissues).

While Low T therapy can improve overall quality of life for some men, it is not without risks and side effects including:

  • Irritation, rash, or itching at the application site
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Prostate cancer growth (your physician may recommend a PSA test before you start low testosterone therapy, as the treatment is not recommended for men with high PSA or confirmed prostate cancer)
  • Worsening of sleep apnea
  • Blood clots
  • Worsening of congestive heart failure

The specialists at Colorado Urology will evaluate and diagnose the accurate cause of your low testosterone and provide the best treatment to most effectively help you.

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