Low Testosterone

Low Testosterone services offered in Miami, FL

Low testosterone is a common problem that affects about 40% of men ages 45 and older. If you experience erectile dysfunction, low libido, or a loss of muscular strength, seek treatment immediately.  At Modern Urology, experienced urologists Jose Vilaro, MD, and Adam De Fazio, MD, JD, provide a comprehensive and guideline-based approach to low testosterone treatment. A combination of healthy lifestyle changes and hormone replacement therapy can help you feel better. To make an appointment, call the practice in Miami, Florida, or book online today.

Low Testosterone Q&A

What is low testosterone?

Low testosterone occurs when your testicles stop producing as much testosterone as they once did. Testosterone is a sex hormone that plays a vital role in various male bodily functions, including sexual development, bone density, muscle mass, and reproductive function.

All men experience a decrease in testosterone as they age. But for some men, the decline occurs suddenly, increasing the risk of other health problems. Though there’s no cure for low testosterone, intervention and treatment can improve your quality of life.

What causes low testosterone?

Low testosterone can occur for various reasons, including:

  • Chemotherapy for cancer
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Obesity
  • Aging
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Radiation exposure
  • Congenital defect

Taking certain medications might also increase your risk, like steroids or opioids.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

The symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased sense of well-being
  • Depressed mood
  • Difficulties with concentration and memory
  • Moodiness and irritability

Low testosterone can also cause physical changes, such as a loss of body hair, mild anemia, or increased body fat.

How is low testosterone diagnosed?

To diagnose low testosterone, your Modern Urology provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and performs a physical exam. 

They also order a blood test measuring the testosterone level in your blood. To ensure accurate results, your provider draws your blood in the morning, when your testosterone levels are highest.

How is low testosterone treated?

Treatment of low testosterone involves testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT). The type of TRT that will most benefit you depends on various factors, including age and hormonal imbalance severity. Modern Urology might suggest:

  • Intramuscular injections
  • Testosterone patches
  • Testosterone gels
  • Implantable pellets

During TRT, you visit Modern Urology every few weeks for routine checkups. At each visit, your provider draws your blood to monitor your testosterone levels and adjusts the treatment plan as necessary.

What are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?

Testosterone replacement therapy offers many potential benefits, including loss of fat, improved energy, enhanced sexual function, and increased mental sharpness. Combined, these factors can boost your physical well-being and quality of life.

To explore the various treatment options for low testosterone, make an appointment at Modern Urology by calling the office or booking online today.