Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone is a hormone produced in the testicles that accounts for the proper development of male sexual characteristics. Testosterone is also important for maintaining bone density, muscle strength, adequate levels of red blood cells, body and facial hair, a sense of well-being and sexual function (drive and sperm production).

When Erectile Dysfunction (ED) occurs as a result of decreased testosterone production, Testosterone Replacement Therapy may help improve the problem. However, inadequate production of testosterone is not a common cause of erectile dysfunction.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

Without adequate testosterone, a man may experience symptoms such as: decreased/loss of sex drive, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, depression, difficulty sleeping and trouble concentrating. Testosterone levels peak when men are younger and decrease as the years go on.

How do I find out if I have low testosterone?

Low testosterone is detected by having Dr. Rauch measure the amount of testosterone in your blood. Because testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day, several measurements will need to be taken to detect a deficiency. It is preferable to test testosterone levels early in the morning when they are typically highest (between 7am – 10am).

How do I treat low testosterone?

Testosterone deficiency can be treated by:

  • Intramuscular injections, given anywhere from one to three weeks apart
  • Testosterone gel applied to the skin
  • Testopel, under the skin testosterone implants that can last up to 6 months

Each of these options provides appropriate levels of hormone replacement. As with most things, they all have different advantages and disadvantages. Please schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Rauch to determine the right approach for you.

Payment plans and financing are available.

Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/testosterone-therapy/art-20045728

http://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfunction/guide/testosterone-replacement-therapy