At Prince William Urology Associates in Manassas, Virginia, the team of experienced urologists knows how important testosterone is for male health. Responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics, testosterone is a hormone that’s commonly produced by your testicles that helps you keep up your muscle bulk, grow facial and body hair, preserve proper red blood cell levels, maintain bone growth, and initiate sexual function. As you age, your body may not produce enough testosterone to properly regulate itself. In these cases, Prince William Urology Associates can help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
When your testicles don’t produce enough testosterone, certain bodily functions can be affected. This is known as testosterone deficiency. Without the proper levels of testosterone, you may experience changes in your usual mental, physical, and emotional states. Luckily, because testosterone deficiency is very common, it’s easily treatable by your doctor at Prince William Urology Associates.
Your testosterone levels usually decline normally with age, especially after age 30 or 40. This process is normal and not an immediate cause for concern. However, diseases such as hypogonadism may also cause steeper declines in your testosterone levels, affecting your physical and mental well-being.
Hypogonadism is a disease whereby your body can’t produce normal amounts of testosterone and affects either your testicles or the pituitary gland that controls them. While the disease is often hereditary, it can also be acquired later in life from injury or infection.
This disease can even begin during fetal development, causing male children to be born with underdeveloped, female, or ambiguous genitals. During puberty, it can impair the development of muscle mass and body hair, as well as the growth of the male genitalia. In adulthood, hypogonadism can lead to erectile dysfunction, infertility, fragile bones (osteoporosis) and the development of breast tissue (gynecomastia).
The signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency include:
If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment at Prince William Urology Associates right away.
After running a blood test to measure your testosterone levels, your doctor at Prince William Urology Associates can help you decide on the best course of treatment. For men with particularly deficient testosterone levels, treatment may come in the form of:
Any of these treatments will provide you with adequate hormone replacement, but each comes with their own advantages and drawbacks. You should consult your doctor on which treatment may be right for you.
If you believe you might be suffering from testosterone deficiency, call Prince William Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online today.