While your testosterone levels naturally decline with age, if your testosterone levels dip too low or decrease at an abnormally young age, it can cause disruptive symptoms. At Advanced Urological Care PC in Upper East Side, Manhattan, J Francois Eid, MD, a board-certified urologist, offers expert testosterone assessments and personalized treatments to restore your health. If you're in New York City and are battling low testosterone, call Advanced Urological Care PC or request a consultation online today.
While both men and women produce testosterone, for men, it’s the primary sex hormone. It’s produced in your testicles and is regulated by your pituitary gland and hypothalamus. It controls the development of your sex organs during the fetal stage and drives the physical changes of puberty, leading to adult male characteristics and physical features.
Low or abnormal testosterone is a condition that develops when you don’t produce a sufficient amount of testosterone. It’s sometimes called testosterone deficiency syndrome or low T. It’s officially diagnosed when your blood testosterone levels are less than 300 nanograms per deciliter.
Low testosterone has many potential causes, including damage to your testicles, cancer treatments, and some infections. Other conditions that contribute to low testosterone include:
Autoimmune diseases and pituitary gland malfunction can also lead to low testosterone.
Low testosterone causes a variety of disruptive symptoms, including:
If you develop any of these symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Eid for testing to identify the root cause.
At Advanced Urological Care PC, Dr. Eid provides comprehensive testing to measure your testosterone levels and identify the condition causing your low testosterone. The tests may include blood tests to assess:
Dr. Eid may also check your follicle-stimulating hormone, estradiol hormones, and perform an HbA1C analysis for diabetes. Depending on your symptoms, he may also order an MRI of your pituitary gland and genetic testing.
Dr. Eid focuses on treatment to resolve the issue causing your low testosterone. He recommends lifestyle modifications to your diet and exercise habits and encourages you to control diseases like diabetes and high cholesterol that can contribute to your low testosterone levels.
Depending on the activity in your pituitary gland and thyroid, Dr. Eid may recommend treatments to ensure you have sufficient levels of the hormones that contribute to testosterone production. Dr. Eid only offers hormone replacement therapy in very severe circumstances. Hormone replacement therapy for men often causes intolerable side effects.
For those who require testosterone replacement therapy, Dr. Eid offers testosterone gels, injections, nasal spray, and implantable Testopel pellets.
If you’re concerned about low testosterone, call Advanced Urological Care PC or request an appointment online today.