Hormones are chemical messengers in our bodies that have the power to repair and restore. They are responsible for numerous internal functions, from the way our bodies grow to the maintenance of our cognitive abilities to the regulation of our emotions. Our hormone levels naturally decline and become imbalanced as we age. For men, testosterone levels gradually drop, decreasing 1% on average starting in their mid 30’s. As a result, the body becomes less and less efficient in its daily and long-term performance.
Perhaps your libido has been lackluster and you haven’t been able to engage in sexual activities as you were once able to. Perhaps you’ve noticed changes in your appearance, such as increased body fat or decreased muscle mass. Or maybe you’re experiencing a general loss of energy and drive. These are all symptoms that indicate you may have low testosterone, and it can prevent you from confidently taking on life. FDA approved and regulated specialty treatments are available, however, to help you age with your vitality intact.
At Uthology, a low testosterone clinic in Brookfield, Wisconsin, our mission is to provide hormone optimization specific to each patient’s needs and goals. If something feels “off,” and your masculinity has felt tested in recent years, it may be a case of low testosterone. Our licensed, specialty trained medical practitioners can help diagnose if this is the case and show you how your testosterone levels can be improved. Our testosterone optimization therapy addresses all of your hormonal levels, ensuring you feel whole and at your peak performance.
What Is Testosterone and What Does It Do in the Body?
Testosterone is a sex hormone produced in the testicles. Testosterone plays a critical role in the development of a man, both physically and mentally. From the start of puberty, the testes begin producing testosterone, which allows a man to develop male characteristics, such as facial and body hair, strength and a deepened voice. Testosterone also helps maintain:
- Muscle mass and strength
- Sex drive
- Energy and exercise recovery
- Fat distribution
- Sperm production
- Bone health density
- Red blood cell production
Testosterone levels consistently change depending on a man’s need. However, testosterone decreases by approximately one percent yearly after age 35. While this is ‘normal,’ it is not optimal, because lowered testosterone levels can disrupt how a man operates in his daily life — affecting his relationships, image and self-perception. For some men, testosterone levels can drop significantly, which can cause unwanted physical and mental side effects. Studies suggest that 40 percent of men over the age of 45 have abnormally low testosterone levels.
What is Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone, or low “T,” is a lower than usual and often imbalanced testosterone level. The most common cause is andropause, which is essentially the male form of menopause, where testosterone levels begin to decrease a significant amount around age 50. A lower than average testosterone level can also be influenced by numerous other factors, including injury to the testicles, a hormonal disorder, prescription medications, obesity and genetic disorders.
Average testosterone levels can range from 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl) to 1200 ng/dl. The breadth of this range can make it difficult to determine if a man is experiencing low testosterone, because each man is unique. Some men naturally have higher testosterone levels and may experience a significant drop later in life. You may be a candidate for low “T” therapy if your testosterone levels fall below the functional range or if you’re experiencing symptoms or other factors that indicate it.
Do You Suffer From Any of These Common Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
Signs of low testosterone include:
- Lack of energy or motivation
- Loss of muscle mass, strength and tone
- Erectile dysfunction or sexual performance issues
- Increased fat
- Depression, anxiety or mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating or memory loss
- Loss of your sense of well-being
- Foggy brain
- Hair loss
- Decreased ability in decision-making
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, low testosterone may be the cause and hormone replacement therapy should be considered. The trained medical practitioners of Uthology will evaluate you for signs of testosterone decline and recommend a customized treatment plan that’ll improve not only your testosterone levels, but other areas of imbalanced hormones that may need to be addressed for the maximum benefit.
The Low Testosterone Evaluation
Before low testosterone therapy can be considered, you will meet with one of our expert medical practitioners for a consultation. They will ask a variety of questions about your lifestyle and medical history, such as how you developed during puberty. They will also conduct a physical examination to assess your overall health and identify other signs of low or imbalanced testosterone, like gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) or baldness.
Thorough laboratory testing will provide additional information about your health status. We have a fully functioning specialty laboratory so we can conduct tests during your initial consultation and in follow-up visits. Testosterone levels are assessed via a blood test, which is performed during medical supervision of testosterone therapy.
The Low Testosterone Therapy Treatment
Low “T” therapy is an opportunity to boost your testosterone level, which will ultimately improve your sexual drive, sense of self, physical appearance and overall well-being. Testosterone can be administered using various methods. One of our providers will review each option with you and supply you with whichever one you’re most comfortable with.
Testosterone therapy can be administered in many different forms. These forms of administration typically last for four days before they must be replaced with a new dose. The area should not be washed until it’s time to apply a new dose, and women and children should not come into contact with the topical medication or patch. It can also be administered by injection or by placing a pellet beneath the skin that gradually dissolves.
In addition, your rate of absorption, metabolism, and exertion of replaced testosterone will be considered, and hormone balancing measures specific to you will be included in your customized (HRT) hormone replacement treatment plan. Simply adding testosterone alone will not optimally balance your hormones. At Uthology, we take pride in creating a comprehensive plan tailored to each patient.
Results for low testosterone therapy vary from patient to patient, depending on how the individual’s body responds to treatment. Most patients need to do routine checkups every three to six months at Uthology to manage their testosterone levels.
Men who have been treated with testosterone replacement therapy report benefits including:
- More energy
- Improved mood, concentration and memory
- Reduced anxiety
- Enhanced sexual performance
- Increased muscular strength
- Reduced body fat
- Improved sleep
At Uthology, We Get to Your Symptom’s Source
Many men seek help at our low T center because other attempts to address low testosterone failed or only masked the problem without addressing the root issue. Too often, men don’t receive the right treatment for what’s making them feel “off” because they or their physicians don’t consider that low testosterone may be the cause. Our expertly trained, licensed medical practitioners get to the source of your symptoms — and can accurately determine if low testosterone is the origin. We can then devise a medical treatment plan specific to you. With close monitoring, regular lab tests and symptom checks, we can help you get back on track to your best you!
Discover If Low Testosterone Therapy Is Right For You at Our Low “T” Center In Brookfield, WI
The certified hormone specialists of Uthology can help improve your testosterone levels and your overall well-being. If you’re a man and you’ve been struggling with a number of issues, whether it be difficulty keeping an erection, no longer feeling motivated to partake in your favorite pastimes or just not being satisfied with yourself, don’t feel ashamed. Abnormal testosterone levels could be the reason and we’d like to help you find the solution. Testosterone optimization therapy at Uthology is an excellent opportunity for a man to have their hormone levels improved to make them feel whole again. Please contact Uthology at 262-696-9868 or click here to set up an appointment.