Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Thomas Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Houston, TX

Low testosterone (hypogonadism) can lead to an array of health complications, from poor muscle tone to sexual dysfunction and everything in between. Sally Thomas, DO, of Thomas Family Practice, has an advanced background in testosterone replacement therapy, and she can help. Dr. Thomas offers comprehensive testosterone screening and treatments in her Houston-area family practice. Schedule your evaluation by clicking on the online scheduling feature or calling the office.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What causes low testosterone?

Low testosterone (hypogonadism) is when the testicles don’t produce enough testosterone. The causes include primary issues that stem from problems within the testicles or secondary issues due to hypothalamus or pituitary gland abnormalities.

Primary hypogonadism

Because testicles are outside of the body, these male sex organs are prone to injury or damage that can negatively affect testosterone production. Other causes of primary hypogonadism include:

  • Undescended testicles
  • Mumps orchitis
  • Cancer treatments
  • High iron levels (hemochromatosis)

Klinefelter syndrome, a congenital abnormality of the sex chromosomes, can also cause primary hypogonadism.

Secondary hypogonadism

Your pituitary gland is responsible for releasing hormones to your testicles. That’s why a pituitary gland disorder can affect overall testosterone production. Other causes of secondary hypogonadism include:

  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Abnormal development of the hypothalamus

Sometimes, your testosterone might is low just because you’re getting older.

How do I know if I need testosterone replacement therapy?

Having low testosterone can negatively affect certain masculine characteristics, including reproductive function (infertility). If you’re experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, schedule a hormone level evaluation at Thomas Family Practices:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Increase in breast tissue
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decreased sex drive

As your testosterone levels continue to decrease, you might also feel overly fatigued or regularly have hot flashes. These signs and symptoms can often be resolved or minimized once you start testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

What are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?

If you’re like most men, you can expect to start noticing improvements in your symptoms shortly after starting TRT treatment. Dr. Thomas tailors your personalized TRT plan to help:

  • Improve your mood
  • Boost your sex drive (libido)
  • Decrease your body fat
  • Increase your lean muscle mass
  • Prevent further bone loss

TRT therapy comes in many forms, for example, testosterone injections, patches, topical gels, or implanted pellets. The form of TRT therapy that’s best for you depends on the particulars of your case. Dr. Thomas carefully monitors your lab results and testosterone levels to ensure your course of TRT is as effective as possible.

Find out if you’re a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy by scheduling a consultation at Thomas Family Practice. Either request an appointment online or call the friendly office staff.