Men with low levels of testosterone hormone can experience many distressing symptoms, from weight gain and weakness to loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. If you’re affected by low T, Rand McClain, DO, and his team at Regenerative & Sports Medicine can help. At their office in Santa Monica, California and Houston, Texas they specialize in diagnosing and treating hormone imbalances. To find out if testosterone therapy could help you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Testosterone therapy increases levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone, in your body if they’re too low.
Men make testosterone in their testes, the reproductive glands that produce sperm. A woman’s ovaries also produce small quantities of testosterone, which works in combination with the female sex hormone estrogen.
Testosterone is responsible for male sex organ growth and development. It’s essential for men’s health and well-being. Some of the other functions testosterone is responsible for include:
In healthy men, normal testosterone levels measure between 350 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter) and 1,000 ng/dL. In healthy women, normal testosterone levels are between 15ng/dL and 70ng/dL.
The Regenerative & Sports Medicine team performs a simple blood test to measure your testosterone levels. The results, which only take a couple of days, show your total and free testosterone levels (free testosterone is the amount of hormone your body can easily access).
If your total or free testosterone isn’t within the optimal range, you may require testosterone therapy. The team will discuss with you the benefits of testosterone therapy so you can decide together if this treatment is right for you.
The Regenerative & Sports Medicine team uses testosterone therapy to rebalance low levels of testosterone (low T). They treat patients with low T using injections or creams.
Testosterone gels and creams can be messy, and some people find them less convenient than injections. Testosterone injections are typically more potent as well. Because of their direct path to your muscle tissues, injections are also fast-acting.
The team controls the amount of testosterone in each injection carefully, so you can be more confident about how much your body is absorbing. Creams and gels also require drying time, but you can shower, exercise, or have sex after an injection.
Benefits of testosterone therapy depend on several factors, but may include:
To optimize your body fat-to-muscle ratio, you should also follow a healthy diet and exercise program.
To find out if you have low T and see if testosterone therapy is right for you, call the Regenerative & Sports Medicine office in Santa Monica, California or Houston, Texas to or book an appointment online today.