So, you have low testosterone. What does that mean? Let’s start by talking about what testosterone is and what it does for your body. Testosterone is a hormone produced by the human body. This hormone is mainly produced by men in the male reproductive glands (testicles). This hormone stimulates sperm production, a man’s sex drive, and develops and maintains muscle mass and bone density. Having low testosterone means your testosterone levels fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). For reference, the average rate of testosterone falls between 300 - 1,000 ng/dL, according to the FDA. Keep reading to learn about the different symptoms you may experience and the different treatment options that are available to you.
Symptoms & Treatment Options of Low Testosterone
Low Testosterone, also known as Hypogonadism, is more common than you think. In Fact, 39% of men 45 years of age or older experience low testosterone.1 Many different symptoms that can come from Hypogonadism. Some of these may include:
- Low sex drive
- Hair loss
- Loss of muscle mass
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low semen levels
Due to testosterone levels changing frequently throughout the day, there are a number of measures that are taken before diagnosing someone with low testosterone. Now I bet you’re wondering what treatment options you have if you’re diagnosed with Hypogonadism so, let's talk about them.
Low Testosterone Treatment
For now, the only available option to treat low testosterone is through testosterone replacement therapy. There are several different ways that this therapy can be administered. Some of these include:
- Intramuscular injection (into the muscle): This therapy is done usually every 10 to 14 days
- Testosterone patches: these are used everyday and applied to several different parts of the body
- Testosterone Gel: this is applied everyday, but safety measures do need to be taken to ensure that this gel is not accidentally transferred to another person
- Pallets: these are implanted under the skin every two months 2
All of the treatments mentioned above are considered to be long-term treatment options. Alternatively, volunteering for low testosterone treatment research allows you access to potential new treatment options and gets us one step closer to finding a permanent cure for Low Testosterone.
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Centex Studies currently has enrollment open in South Houston, Lake Charles , and McAllen if you're interested in volunteering for low testosterone treatment research. Those who qualify and choose to participate will have access to new treatment options, or placebo, at no cost. The best part is, no insurance is required to participate! Learn more by visiting our website.