Foye MD and Spa
Medical Spa & Primary Care Practice located in Houston, TX
Even though it’s common for men to experience a drop in testosterone as they get older, which is known as andropause, you don’t have to be stuck with the symptoms of low testosterone. At Foyé MD and Spa in Houston, Texas, Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals operates a low testosterone clinic, so you can restore your hormone levels and start feeling like yourself again. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Low Testosterone Clinic Q & A
What does testosterone do?
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. Your hormones are chemical messengers that regulate the processes in your body, ranging from everyday functions like sleep and mood to complex phenomena like growth, development, and metabolism. As a sex hormone, testosterone plays a significant role in sexual development and reproduction.
When you go through puberty, your testosterone levels go up, stimulating several physical changes, including:
- The voice changing and getting deeper
- Penile and testicular development
- Growth of facial and body hair
- Bone and muscle growth
As an adult, testosterone continues to play an essential role in maintaining your bodily processes. You may associate it with sex drive and sperm production, but it also has a more general role in your overall health and wellbeing. Testosterone also increases your red blood cell production, helps regulate your mood, and affects your overall energy levels.
What are the signs and symptoms of low testosterone?
Around age 30, you naturally start to produce less testosterone. This normal age-related drop doesn’t affect everyone the same way. You may not notice any effects, but between the ages of 40 and 60, some men begin to experience a set of bothersome symptoms due to low testosterone.
These symptoms are collectively known as “andropause,” or male menopause. Like menopause, andropause is related to an age-related drop in primary sex hormones and can have similar effects on sexual functions. However, unlike menopause, it doesn’t mean you’re no longer fertile, and your hormone levels drop gradually, not suddenly.
Signs and symptoms of andropause include:
- Declining libido (low sex drive)
- Erectile dysfunction, including weak erections
- Poor sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling depressed, grumpy, or moody
- Loss of muscle mass
- Unexplained weight gain
- Unexplained fatigue
Low testosterone isn’t the only cause of these symptoms, so Foye MD and Spa medical professionals rule out other conditions before starting a course of hormone treatment.
How is low testosterone treated?
After diagnosing andropause or low testosterone using a blood test, Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals may recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) at Foyé MD and Spa’s low testosterone clinic. TRT provides the testosterone that your body doesn’t produce on its own.
Foye MD and Spa medical professionals provides TRT in the form of an injection into your deltoid (shoulder) or gluteus (buttock) muscles, alternating sides with each treatment. You receive an injection once every seven days to maintain a consistent level of testosterone throughout the week.
Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals determines how long you need to undergo TRT to restore your testosterone levels. Many men start to see improvements in their energy, mood, and sex drive within the first three weeks of treatment. TRT can also make it easier to rebuild muscle mass and lose weight.
In addition to TRT, Foyé MD and Spa medical professionals help you make lifestyle changes that naturally improve your body’s testosterone production. These include regular physical activity, eating a balanced diet, and getting proper quality sleep.
Don’t be discouraged if you’re undergoing andropause, Foyé MD and Med Spa offers revitalizing treatments available. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to find out if treatment could be an option for you.