Entourage Hormones Low T Process
About Low T
During puberty, testosterone helps build a man’s muscles, deepens his voice, and boosts the size of his penis and testes. In adulthood, it keeps a man’s muscles and bones strong and maintains his interest in sex. In short, it’s what makes a man a man (at least physically).
After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. A decrease in sex drive sometimes accompanies the drop in testosterone, leading many men to mistakenly believe that their loss of interest in sex is simply due to aging.
Low testosterone can cause an obvious lack of male characteristics, or it can cause vague symptoms such as fatigue and diminished sex drive.
The symptoms of low testosterone (or “low T”) in males can vary depending on the cause of the low level and the age at which it occurs.
In male hypogonadism, a condition in which the body is unable to produce normal amounts of the hormone testosterone, symptoms may include underdeveloped genitalia, delayed puberty, and a lack of secondary sexual characteristics such as a deeper voice and facial hair.
In middle-aged or older men experiencing age-related decreases in testosterone, symptoms may include low energy, depressed mood, low sex drive, and erectile dysfunction (ED or impotence).
No matter what the cause, symptoms alone are not enough for a diagnosis of low testosterone: A blood test is needed to confirm that a man’s testosterone level is, indeed, low.
How is testosterone delivered?
Testosterone can be delivered to the body in a variety of ways:
- Injections into a muscle can be given every few weeks, either by a medical professional or by self-injection.
- Patches or gels containing testosterone can be applied to the skin daily.
- A tablet-shaped patch known as a buccal system can be applied in the mouth where the upper gum meets the inside of the lip. The patch is changed every 12 hours.
- Testosterone pellets are a newer form of treatment. The pellets are inserted under the skin of the buttocks, where they release testosterone for three to four months.
Men and women who are being treated with testosterone need to have follow-up blood tests to assess how they’re responding to treatment.
* Patient must meet criteria for any form of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, a face to face physical examination with a licensed healthcare provider and sufficient blood work must be recorded and deemed medical necessary in order for treatment. A medical questionnaire alone is not sufficient enough for medical necessity. An in depth history should also be perform to evaluate for any type of comorbidities.