Low Testosterone Treatment in Wilmington, NC
Men don’t have to accept fatigue, decreased sex drive, and increased body fat as a part of getting older. These symptoms may be a result of a decrease in testosterone production. At Atlantic Men’s Health, Dr. H. Mallory Reeves offers testosterone therapy to help improve the sexual health and quality of life of men who live near Wilmington, Greenville, Jacksonville, and the surrounding communities. If you feel a decrease in your energy or sex drive call the office to schedule a consultation and see if testosterone therapy is for you.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a male sex hormone that’s produced primarily in a man’s testicles. Testosterone is responsible for a man’s fat distribution, muscle strength, muscle mass, sex drive, body hair production, and sperm production. A man’s testosterone levels peak in adolescence and gradually decrease as he ages.
Causes of Low Testosterone
It is completely natural for testosterone levels to decrease with age, leaving approximately half of men over the age of 80 with low testosterone (Low-T). Most men start experiencing a gradual decline in their testosterone levels starting in their late 30s or early 40s. Aside from aging, however, there are other causes of Low-T. For primary hypogonadism — or problems originating in the testes — other causes include:
- Side effects of certain medications
- Metabolic syndrome
- Injury or infection of the testes
- A congenital condition
- Side effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatments
- Issues with the pituitary gland
- An existing autoimmune disease
- A prior diagnosis of HIV or AIDS
What are the Symptoms of Low-T?
We have already discussed how testosterone levels contribute greatly toward a man’s sexual health, which is why it makes sense that low testosterone levels would result in impaired sexual function.
In addition to a decrease in sexual desire and problems with erectile dysfunction, individuals with Low-T will also often experience:
- Loss of body or facial hair
- Constant fatigue
- Decreased amounts of lean muscle mass
- Signs of depression
- Weight gain
- Difficulty in articulating their speech
How is Low Testosterone Treated?
There are a wide variety of potential solutions to a man’s low testosterone. Depending upon the particular patient and their case, natural options such as supplements or a new diet plan may be sufficient in boosting these hormone levels. The primary consideration for treating low testosterone is to identify and treat the underlying cause. Dr. Reeves provides a comprehensive evaluation to discover the cause, and come up with a customized treatment plan that works for you.
Some form of hormone replacement therapy is another popular option when it comes to treating Low-T. These may be in the form of an oral/intranasal medication, injection, or as hormone pellets. Different patients will have different techniques for testosterone administration based on their personal preferences and lifestyle.
In general, Dr. Reeve’s treatment of Low-T focuses on:
- Lifestyle changes
- Reducing estrogen levels
- Increasing testicular output of testosterone
Testosterone supplementation — also called testosterone replacement therapy — can boost libido, improve energy levels, increase muscle mass, and reduce body fat. Testosterone delivery methods can include gels, injections, patches, or pellets.
The best way to begin treatment for low testosterone is to see a board certified urologist that is highly trained in treating Low-T to discuss your options with them. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Reeves, please call our Wilmington office today at (910) 662-8765. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online through our secure form. We help men throughout Eastern North Carolina including Greenville, Jacksonville and Morehead City.