Each of the following treatment options will help men with Low T achieve healthy levels of hormone replacement. MDforMen will help you decide if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you, and which treatment is appropriate.
Testosterone gels and solutions are applied daily. The testosterone in the gel or solution is absorbed into the body through the skin.
Patches allow testosterone to be absorbed by the skin. Patches are applied daily.
Testosterone injections, usually in the upper buttock, are typically given every 1-2 weeks by your doctor.
Pellets are surgically implanted under the skin near the hip by a doctor during a surgical procedure.
This tablet is applied to the gum, allowing testosterone to be absorbed over a 12-hour period. They are taken twice daily.
Hypogonadism happens when your sex glands produce little or no sex hormones. The sex glands, also called gonads, are located in the testes in men. Sex hormones help control sex characteristics, testicle development, and pubic hair growth. Sex hormones also play a part in sperm production. Hypogonadism may also be called gonad deficiency, low serum testosterone, Low T or andropause.
There are two types of hypogonadism: primary and central:
Primary hypogonadism is the lack of enough sex hormones in your body due to a problem in the gonads. The gonads are still getting the message to produce hormones from your brain, but are not capable of producing them. The common causes 0f primary hypogonadism include:
- hemochromatosis (when the body absorbs too much iron)
- liver and kidney diseases
- autoimmune disorders, such as Addison’s disease and hypoparathyroidism
- surgery on the sex organs
Central hypogonadism is centered in the brain. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland-which control the gonads-are no longer working properly, and decrease the amount of testosterone released by the testes. The common causes of central hypogonadism include:
- genetic disorders, such as Kallmann syndrome
- infections, including HIV and AIDS
- rapid weight loss
- nutritional deficiencies
- use of steroids or opiates
- injury to the pituitary gland or hypothalamus
If you suffer from hypogonadism, you may well suffer from testosterone deficiency, and some or all of the problems that accompany it.
Contact MDforMen today and set up an appointment to be examined.