Is Testosterone Therapy Right for You?

Aug. 23, 2018

When to make the call

Low testosterone is a condition that affects people as they age. While it is most associated with men, women can suffer from Low T as well. Testosterone is a sex hormone essential for boys during puberty for development. Testosterone allows for the development of male physical features and sexual function. As boys exit puberty and enter adulthood, testosterone maintains muscle strength and mass, hair growth, bone density, sexual functions, energy and mood levels. Testosterone is also needed for sperm production.

But age takes its toll, and, along with other factors, testosterone levels begin to drop as early as one’s 40s. Men may experience anything from loss of libido to muscle weakness and depression as a result of lowered testosterone levels. In some cases, Low T treatments may be recommended. However, Low T treatments aren’t a cure-all. Says Urology Associates’ Dr. Douglas Dewire, “Men should not expect testosterone therapy to make them feel like they are young again. The best results are in those men who have symptoms, get treated and, once their symptoms begin to improve, they change their lifestyle, including more exercise and a better diet.”

If you think you may have Low T and are ready to make positive changes in your life, speak to your urologist. Then, based on your medical history, he or she may recommend treatments, administered through the skin, such as:

  • Gels, creams, and patches (gel is the most common type of treatment)
  • Subcutaneous pellets
  • Injections

Low T can have a serous impact on one’s quality of life, but fortunately it doesn’t have to. If you think you may have Low T, contact Dr. Dewire or another skilled urologist at Urology Associates today. Call (262) 446-3593, email info@wiurology.com, or submit an online form today.

Want to learn more about Low T? Check out our complementary patient guide.

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