Valley Urology Center
Urologists located in Renton, WA
Between 4 and 5 million American men have low testosterone levels, which is why Valley Urology Center offers same-day appointments to treat your symptoms fast. At their convenient location in Renton, Washington, the skilled team of urologists provides discreet and compassionate care for a variety of conditions associated with the male reproductive system, including low testosterone. For state-of-the-art urological care if you’re in western Washington or the Pacific Northwest, call Valley Urology Center or schedule an appointment online today.
Low Testosterone Q & A
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a male sex hormone made in your testicles. This unique hormone plays a role in your sexual development and function.
During your teen years, testosterone supports the development of male features such as a deepening voice, muscle strength, and physical characteristics like facial and body hair. Testosterone is also necessary for sperm production.
As a man, your testosterone levels naturally decrease as you get older.
What is low testosterone?
Low testosterone levels are also known as testosterone deficiency syndrome (TDS) or low-T. This condition means your body has lower levels of blood testosterone than normal.
Having low testosterone can cause a variety of symptoms, including:
- Decreased lean muscle mass
- Irritability or depression
- Hot flashes
- Development of breast tissue
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Low testosterone can also cause hair loss, reduced bone density, and low energy levels.
What causes low testosterone?
The causes of low testosterone are grouped into two types, primary and secondary.
Primary causes of low-T are due to a problem in your testicles. Examples of these conditions include mumps infections involving the testicles, injury to the testicles, losing your testicles, cancer treatments, and undescended testicles.
These cases of low testosterone occur when your testicles are healthy but function abnormally because of problems with your hypothalamus or pituitary gland. Secondary causes of low testosterone include the aging process, obesity, pituitary disorders, inflammatory diseases, and HIV/AIDS.
How is low testosterone diagnosed and treated?
To diagnose low testosterone, your urologist at Valley Urology Center conducts a comprehensive physical exam, discusses your symptoms and medical history, and performs blood tests.
Based on your tests, your urologist develops a treatment strategy to help reduce your symptoms. In many cases, this includes lifestyle changes like increasing your physical activity and following a healthy diet. They might also recommend reviewing your current medications to see if any are affecting your testosterone levels.
If your testosterone levels don’t respond to lifestyle changes, the Valley Urology Center team may suggest testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). This treatment uses hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help improve your energy and erectile function, prevent bone loss, and restore your muscle strength.
For more information about low testosterone treatments, call Valley Urology Center or schedule an appointment online today.
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