For both men and women, the level of the testosterone hormones present in their body decreases as they age. For men, their testosterone level first begins to decline during their thirties. Still, their levels will typically remain withing the reference range into their 50s, when they will first begin to notice the symptoms of a decreased testosterone level. Women will usually experience a drop in their testosterone levels near the time of menopause.
Testosterone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. ovaries, and testes. This hormone is responsible for increasing sexual desire and plays a part in building muscle and bone mass. When men and women begin to experience low testosterone levels, they can expect to experience a wide variety of negative symptoms.
Symptoms Associated with a Low Testosterone Level
Men and women experience low testosterone levels differently. Because of this, the symptoms vary for each gender. For women, a low testosterone level could result in any combination symptoms. Women may feel exceptionally tired or fatigued, begin to experience abnormal weight gain or have difficulty losing weight. Many women will notice they are having mood swings, experiencing depression, or have less interest in sexual intimacy.
For men, there are many of the same general symptoms of a low testosterone level. Many men notice a decreased libido, fewer spontaneous erections, and may even experience infertility. Some men will notice mood swings, increased body fat, and a change in their sleeping patterns.
When to Consider Testosterone Hormone Replacement Therapy
Simply because decreasing testosterone levels are a normal part of aging, that doesn’t mean you have to accept the symptoms as inevitable in your life. As soon as you notice the negative symptoms of a low testosterone level, you should have your hormone levels tested by a doctor who specializes in hormone replacement therapy. If it is determine that your testosterone levels are low, you and your physician can work together to create a plan for hormone replacement therapy.
Testosterone hormone replacement therapy is available in many forms including creams, injectables, patches, gels, oral supplements, and pellets. Each avenue of administering hormone therapy is different, and some are more effective than others. There can be side effects associated with testosterone hormone replacement therapy if you are given inappropriate dosages.
At Premier Health & Wellness, Dr. Edgerton works closely with patients to create a unique plan for testosterone hormone replacement therapy that meets their specific needs. Because of this, our patients experience exceptional results from their therapy and very mild or no side effects. To learn more about the hormone replacement therapy services provided by Premier Health & Wellness, click here or call 512-459-4405 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Edgerton.