How to Treat Low Testosterone
How to treat low testosterone is one of the first questions that men diagnosed with hypogonadism ask. Some of the symptoms of hypogonadism, which is also known as low testosterone, are a reduced sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and a loss of muscle and bone density. Although age is one of the causes of low testosterone, it is not the only cause. Low testosterone can be caused by injury, diseases such as diabetes, and by certain medications. There are no home remedies to treat low testosterone, but a doctor can put you on the correct path towards treatment.
What you will need to treat low testosterone:
- A Urologist or Endocrinologist
- A physical examination
- A blood test
- Testosterone Replacement Therapy
- Schedule a doctor's appointment. To treat low testosterone, your doctor will likely refer you to a Urologist or an Endocrinologist. These doctors specialize in the treatment of disorders of the male reproductive system and sex hormone disorders. He will discuss your health history and perform a physical exam.
- Have your blood drawn. Your doctor will want to know what your testosterone levels are at the outset of treatment. Expect to have your blood drawn in the beginning and throughout the course of therapy.
- Discuss your options. Once you and your doctor agree that treatment is needed, he will discuss your available options, the risks involved with each choice, and which form of therapy is best for you.
- Start testosterone replacement therapy. There are three methods to treat low testosterone: a patch, gel or an injection. The patch and gel must be placed on different parts of the body daily and care must be taken so that children and women do not come into contact with it. They may cause some irritation to the skin. Injections, although invasive, are a less expensive and hassle free option as they are generally only administered once every two weeks.
- Fully discuss any health issues that you have with your doctor. If you have or are at risk for cancer, testosterone therapy should be avoided.
- Because of the potential risks involved when using testosterone, always keep follow up appointments with your doctor and any blood tests.
- Before coming into contact with children or women always wash your hands with soap and water after administering testosterone gel or patches.