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.
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.
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:
Klinefelter syndrome, a congenital abnormality of the sex chromosomes, can also cause primary 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:
Sometimes, your testosterone might is low just because you’re getting older.
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:
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).
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:
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.