Low Testosterone Treatment in Tyler, TX
Here to Help You Regain Your Youth and Vitality
Men, like women, undergo hormonal decline as they age. In women, it’s called menopause, but for men, it’s known as andropause. Dr. R. Clay Williams treats men with low testosterone using a comprehensive approach that only a board-certified urologist can provide.
Andropause is a progressive decline of free and total testosterone as men age, beginning around 30 years of age which results in varying degrees of physiological and psychological changes. The normal range of testosterone is 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter of blood. Men typically lose 1 percent of their testosterone per year after 30 years of age.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a male sex hormone made by the body that plays a major role in their sexual development and fertility. It is responsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs and maintenance of other sexual characteristics. In adulthood, it keeps a man’s muscles and bones strong and maintains his interest in sex. Varying levels of testosterone within a man’s body will affect many bodily functions, including:
- The production of both body and facial hair
- Muscle strength
- Sexual drive
Testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day, peaking highest in the morning. They can drop due to depression, illness, interactions with other medications and even having a newborn in the house.
What Causes Low Testosterone?
It is completely natural for testosterone levels to decrease with age. After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in their testosterone. A decrease in sex drive sometimes accompanies the drop in testosterone, leading many men in East Texas to mistakenly believe that their loss of interest in sex is simply due to getting older. Other common factors that lead to Low-T include:
- Side effects of certain medications
- Metabolic syndrome
- Injury or infection of the testes
- A congenital condition
- Side effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatments
- Issues with the pituitary gland
- An existing autoimmune disease
- A prior diagnosis of HIV or AIDS
What are the Symptoms of Low-T?
We have already discussed how testosterone levels contribute greatly toward a man’s sexual health, which is why it makes sense that low testosterone levels would result in impaired sexual function.
In addition to a decrease in sexual desire and problems with erectile dysfunction, individuals with Low-T will also often experience:
- Loss of body or facial hair
- Constant fatigue
- Decreased amounts of lean muscle mass
- Signs of depression
- Weight gain
- Difficulty in articulating their speech
How Is Low Testosterone Treated?
There are a wide variety of potential solutions to a person’s low testosterone. Dr. Williams will start with a consultation and a blood test to determine the current levels of your testosterone. Depending upon the particular patient and their case, natural options such as supplements or a new diet plan may be sufficient in boosting these hormone levels.
Some form of hormone replacement therapy is another popular option when it comes to treating Low-T. These may be in the form of an oral/intranasal medication, injection, or hormone pellets. Different patients will have different techniques for testosterone administration based on their personal preferences and lifestyle.
Schedule an Appointment for Low Testosterone in Tyler, TX
The best way to begin treatment for low testosterone is to see a specialist and to discuss your options with them. If you are suffering from symptoms commonly associated with low testosterone in the Tyler, TX area, contact urologist R. Clay Williams, D.O. today at (903) 262-3900 or request an appointment through our secure online form. We are just a short drive from Longview, Jacksonville, Mineola, Sulphur Springs, Marshall, and Kilgore.