Testosterone is a hormone produced in men and women that helps control sex drive, bone density, muscle strength, and more.
Next time your friends joke about who “peaked” in high school, you can hit them with this fun fact: everyone did-- medically speaking, anyway. Testosterone levels reach their peak during adolescence and early adulthood, which may explain why some of you were at the height of your sports careers back in high school and college.
Fast-forward a few years (10+) and you’re probably beginning to experience some of the common symptoms associated with low testosterone:
- Changes in sexual function and desire
- Changes in sleep (i.e. insomnia)
- Increased body fat
- Reduced strength
- Hair loss
- Decreased bone density
- Decrease in motivation or self-esteem
Testosterone lowers about 1% each year after the age of 30 or 40.
Although low testosterone is part of the normal aging process, other factors could contribute to low T. Hypogonadism is a condition that inhibits the body’s ability to produce normal levels of testosterone. This is usually due to a problem within the testicles or pituitary gland that controls the testicles. Other signs of low T could be from medication side effects, thyroid issues, diabetes and more.
At Affiliated Urologists, we encounter this concern frequently and provide a number of treatment options to boost testosterone production. Treatment options generally include testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), which can improve the signs and symptoms of low testosterone, and assisted reproduction techniques (ART) for men wishing to procreate.
Talk to your Affiliated Urologists physician about either of these treatment options for your low testosterone today!
Affiliated Urologists is an award-winning practice recognized both locally and nationally that has provided service to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding communities in the Valley, for over 40 years. The physicians emphasize top-of-the-line comprehensive urological care and strive to deliver the highest outcomes for patient satisfaction. To make an appointment, call 602-264-0608 or click here for instructions on scheduling an appointment.
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