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Low Testosterone

Low testosterone – also known as testosterone deficiency, hypogonadism, or andropause – is the decrease in the production of testosterone by the testes. Testosterone can decline naturally with age, but a significant decrease could be the result of disease or damage to the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, or testicles. There are many available treatments for low testosterone.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

In adult men, symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Diminished libido (desire for sex)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Other mood disorders
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hair loss
  • Increased body fat

Those more at risk are men of increased age, with pituitary gland issues, with other medical conditions such as diabetes or liver or kidney disease, or who have had injury to their testicles.

Diagnosing Low Testosterone

After taking a medical history and performing a physical exam, the physician may order hormonal blood tests to determine the cause of the deficiency.

The treatment of testosterone deficiency is hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy uses testosterone administered through the skin or injected in controlled intervals. The most common transdermal delivery is a testosterone patch and gel.

If you suspect you have low testosterone, contact Miami urologist Dr. Marvin Bondhus today to schedule a consultation. Call (305) 661-9692 or use our secure online appointment request form.