Testosterone affects not just your sex drive but also your muscle mass, distribution of body fat, and bodily processes like the production of red blood cells. If you haven’t been feeling like yourself, the cause might be low testosterone, and board-certified urologist Larry Roberts, MD, is here to help. At his practice in New Rochelle, New York, Dr. Roberts offers blood testing and hormone replacement therapy for men who experience the effects of low testosterone. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking tool.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. Hormones are the chemical messengers that regulate many bodily processes.
Testosterone contributes to traits you may think of as distinctly male. When you go through puberty, testosterone is responsible for your voice getting deeper, penile and testicular development, the appearance of facial and body hair, and your bones and muscles to grow.
Throughout adulthood, testosterone has important roles in red blood cell production, sperm production, sex drive, mood regulation, and overall energy levels.
Around age 30, you start producing gradually less testosterone overall, though the effects are rarely noticeable before age 50 and the change affects everyone differently. Some men, regardless of age, have a condition called hypogonadism that causes their body not to produce enough testosterone. Sometimes, but not always, low testosterone causes bothersome symptoms.
Though it’s normal for your testosterone production to drop with age, not all men experience symptoms from low testosterone. You may consider getting a testosterone blood test if you:
Most of these symptoms are not specific to low testosterone, and Dr. Roberts makes sure to rule out other medical conditions that may require more urgent attention. For example, high blood pressure and diabetes can contribute to erectile dysfunction, and depression can lower your sex drive and sap your energy.
A blood test is the only way to determine if you have low testosterone. If you’re beneath the normal range, Dr. Roberts may recommend treatment to boost your testosterone levels.
Dr. Roberts may recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to boost your level of testosterone. TRT involves taking a controlled dose of testosterone through an injection, patch, or gel. Many TRT patients report an increase in energy, improved mood, greater muscle mass, and improved sex drive and sexual functioning.
In addition to TRT, Dr. Roberts guides you through lifestyle changes that will help your body naturally produce more testosterone, including:
You don’t have to feel discouraged if you’re experiencing symptoms from low testosterone. To get revitalizing treatment, call the office of Larry Roberts, MD, or use the online booking tool.