Low T Treament

Testosterone replacement therapy is used to help treat people with abnormally low levels of testosterone. These abnormally low levels usually affect normal body functions, which can contribute to decreased muscle mass and a lower sex drive, among other effects.

For this treatment, testosterone medication is prescribed.  It helps to increase your body’s overall testosterone level and eliminate or decrease certain symptoms of low testosterone.

Symptoms of abnormally low testosterone can be bothersome. Some symptoms can have an impact on your quality of life. These symptoms can include:

  • Decreased body hair
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Growth of breast tissue

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms and don’t believe they’re caused by something else, talk to your doctor. If your doctor thinks your symptoms are related to abnormally low testosterone levels, they can test your levels.

Testosterone test

A testosterone test measures the amount of testosterone in your blood. If your doctor wants to test the hormone levels in your blood, they will most likely specify a time of day for your test. Hormone levels are highest in the morning. Therefore, this test is often performed in the morning between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Your doctor may have your levels tested more than once.

Your doctor may ask you to stop certain drugs before your test. Certain drugs can affect your testosterone levels. Therefore, it’s important to tell your doctor about all medications you’re taking. Include both over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

Low testosterone causes in men

Causes of low testosterone levels include:

delayed puberty
testicular damage (caused by trauma, alcoholism, or mumps)
hypothalamic disease
pituitary disease
noncancerous pituitary tumor
A number of genetic diseases can also affect testosterone levels, including:

  • Klinefelter syndrome
  • Kallmann syndrome
  • Myotonic dystrophy

Low testosterone in women

Testosterone plays an important role in women. However, levels are naturally lower in women than in men. Usually, low levels of testosterone in women isn’t problematic. However, levels that are too high may cause unwanted symptoms. These include:

  • irregular or absent menstrual periods
  • infertility
  • development of facial and body hair
  • deepened voice

High testosterone levels in women may be caused by:

  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • congenital adrenocortical hyperplasia
  • ovarian cancer or tumor
  • adrenal tumor

Takeaway

Testosterone levels in men decrease a little naturally with age. However, in some men, these levels can be too low and cause unwanted symptoms. Treatment is available, but it’s important for your doctor to confirm your low testosterone levels with one or more blood tests. Your doctor may also do other tests to help determine what’s causing your low testosterone.

For women, levels of testosterone that are too high, rather than too low, are more concerning. Symptoms of high testosterone in women may be an indication of an underlying condition that needs to be treated.