Hypogonadism (Low Testosterone)
Hypogonadism or low testosterone is a very common problem that affects millions of men. Symptoms of low testosterone can include:
- Decrease energy level and fatigue
- Decrease sex drive (libido)
- Poor erection quality
- Increase in body fat
- Decrease in lean muscle mass
- Bone loss
Low testosterone can be diagnosed by a simple blood test and testosterone replacement therapy is available to get testosterone levels back to normal.
Treatments include topical testosterone gels that are absorbed through the skin and these include:
- Testim (www.testim.com)
- Androgel (www.androgel.com)
- Fortesta (www.fortesta.com)
- Axiron (www.axiron.com)
Another treatment option is subcutaneous testosterone pellets (www.testopel.com) which are implanted in the buttock with a 5 minute in-office procedure with local anesthesia and the pellets dissolve over 4-6 months so there is no need to apply any gel daily.
If these options do not work for whatever reason, every two week testosterone injections are also available.