Low Testosterone Specialist
Testosterone is a hormone found in all of us, but it’s needed in larger quantities in men than in women. Testosterone is often associated with male puberty and male sex drive. When a man has too little testosterone, his sex drive and energy level can suffer greatly. Dr. Cynthia J. Moorman, urologist at Urology Consultants of Maryland along with her trusted staff, help men to manage testosterone levels and enjoy a healthy life.
Low Testosterone Q & A
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is the chemical hormone in men that is responsible for the development of male secondary sexual characteristics. Testosterone production peaks during puberty and starts to decline after age 30. Testosterone is primarily produced by the reproductive system in both men and women. It’s normal for women to have small amounts of testosterone, but men need greater levels.
Why do I need testosterone?
Testosterone is closely linked to male sex drive and sperm production. Testosterone also affects muscle mass, hair growth, bone density, mood, and even red blood cell production. The hormone needs to stay at a certain level to keep all of this in check and your body functioning properly. Dr. Cynthia J. Moorman can do a simple blood test to determine if you have the testosterone your body needs.
How does low testosterone affect me?
Men’s testosterone levels should range from the upper 200s to over 1,000 ng/dL. Your testosterone levels typically drop as you age, but obesity, illness, infection and genetic factors can drastically drop your testosterone level. The doctors will diagnose levels in the 200s and below as low testosterone, commonly called Low T.
Low T can generate a variety of symptoms in men, including:
Decreased sex drive
Low energy and fatigue
Feelings of depression
Less body hair
How is low testosterone treated?
If the urology team at Urology Consultants of Maryland diagnoses you with Low T, they have a variety of treatment methods to consider. They typically suggest bioidentical hormones or testosterone injections to treat Low T.
If they suggest testosterone injections as the best treatment option, you will get an injection every week or two from among various formulations. Because everyone is different, it could take from a few weeks to a few months for your testosterone level to increase.
The doctor could also suggest bioidentical hormones, which were created to match your natural testosterone. Bioidentical hormones come in various forms, including pellets and creams.
Dr. Cynthia J. Moorman and her team can help you get your testosterone levels in check to improve your mood and foster a better relationship with your partner. If you’re experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, call Urology Consultants of Maryland to request an appointment today.