Hormonal imbalances have a way of undermining just about every aspect of your life. This is certainly true for anyone who is suffering from a low level of testosterone. The good news is that the right approach to testosterone therapy can correct the imbalance and allow you to feel like yourself again. Here are some basics that you should know about testosterone and what the therapy can do for you.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone found in all human beings. While most commonly associated with males and the development of characteristics like a deeper voice, muscle development, and body hair, women also require a certain amount of testosterone. This hormone is produced in the testes, the ovaries, and the adrenal cortex.
What many don’t realize is that women as well as men can experience low T. When that happens, some approach to testosterone therapy is used to correct the issue.
What Can Interfere with Testosterone Production?
One of the more common events that can cause testosterone production to decrease has to do with an accident or injury. Damage done to the testes or the ovaries may interfere with function, including the ability to manufacture this hormone.
Cancer of the testes or ovaries may also lower testosterone production. Depending on the amount of damage done by the cancer, the body may never fully recover the ability to produce testosterone at the former level. This is definitely a situation where testosterone therapy will make a difference.
Some medications may lead to decreased production. The same is true when the diet consists of certain foods without balancing them with other foods. Even something like obesity can lead to low T.
What are Some of the Signs of Low T?
Low testosterone levels can affect the mind as well as the body. You may find that little things irritate you more than usual. Maybe you have trouble controlling your temper. You may also find that it’s impossible to calm your mind in order to go to sleep.
Physically, you may have trouble building or maintaining muscle mass. Fatigue may come more easily. It’s not unusual for your desire for intimacy to fade. Men may also find that they begin to experience ED. Once you start testosterone therapy, those symptoms will fade over time.
How Does Testosterone Therapy Work?
The goal is to introduce enough testosterone into the body and offset what is no longer being produced. Expect the therapy to take some time before any of your symptoms weaken. Depending on the reason for the low testosterone, you may need to continue therapy for an extended period of time.
Do you believe that low testosterone may be affecting your physical and mental health? Turn to our team at ProMD Health. We’ll determine if your levels are low and identify the form of testosterone therapy needed to get those levels back into a normal range. Contact us today to book an appointment at one of our offices in Annapolis, Baltimore, or Washington, DC.