Low Testosterone - Treatment Overview
Millions of American men have low testosterone levels. Symptoms can include decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depression, lack of energy, and loss of muscle mass. Unfortunately, many men mistakenly attribute their symptoms to aging or general fatigue and do not seek treatment.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, a simple blood test can determine if you have low testosterone.
There are several very effective treatment options for dealing with this problem.
- Injections – The advantages of injectable testosterone are that you receive the shot only once every two weeks and it’s relatively inexpensive.
- Gels – The use of gels is the easiest testosterone therapy to administer. The gels can be applied to the skin on your arm or shoulder at approximately the same time each day. Approximately 70 percent of men receiving testosterone replacement treatment use gels.
- Patch – A transdermal patch can be applied to the skin each night and left in place for 24 hours. The patch is typically applied to the arm, stomach, or back and is replaced with a new one each day.
Don’t let low testosterone limit your quality of life. Call Longview Urology at 360.425.3720 to schedule a consultation. Our experienced physicians can quickly determine if you have low testosterone and discuss treatment options with you.