Treatment for Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism)
Low serum testosterone, also known as hypogonadism or andropause, affects roughly 39% of men over the age of 45. The prevalence of low testosterone increases with age. Researcher have found that the incidence of low testosterone increases from approximately 20% of men over 60, to 30% of men over 70 and 50% of men over 80 years of age.
How can I figure out if your testosterone (T) levels have fallen below the normal range?
Understanding the symptoms of Low T is a good place to start. We have provided you with the following list and see if any apply to you. Then talk to your doctor at Cleveland Urology Associates about what you have noticed.
Some symptoms of Low Testosterone include:
- Fatigue or decreased energy
- Reduced sex drive (libido)
- Sexual dysfunction (weak erections, fewer erections)
- Depressed mood
- Increased body fat
- Reduced muscle mass and strength
- Decreased bone strength
- Loss of body hair (reduced shaving)
- Hot flushes, sweats
What Are the Treatment Options?
Our physicians at Cleveland Urology Associates can offer you treatment options for symptomatic low testosterone.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy:
Testosterone Skin Gel: The most common type of therapy is gel therapy, which is used by approximately 70% of patients. Men simply rub a gel onto their shoulders or upper arms after taking a shower.
Testosterone Injections: Roughly 17% of patients are using testosterone injections 10% of men are using
Testosterone Patches: Roughly 10% of patients are using patches
Approximately 3% of patients are using other forms of testosterone, such as oral testosterone or implantable testosterone pellets.
Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Prosthesis
What is Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common type of male sexual dysfunction. It is when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection. ED becomes more common as you get older. But it’s not a natural part of aging.
Some people have trouble speaking with their doctors about sex. But if you have ED, you should tell your doctor. ED can be a sign of health problems. It may mean your blood vessels are clogged. It may mean you have nerve damage from diabetes. If you don’t see your doctor, these problems will go untreated.
Cleveland Urology Associates an offer several new treatments for ED. For many men, the answer is as simple as taking a pill. Getting more exercise, losing weight, or stopping smoking may also help.
NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
Our physicians at Cleveland Urology Associates offer penile prosthesis as a treatment option. Penile prosthesis are devices that are implanted completely within the body. These devices produce an erection-like state that enables the man to have normal sexual intercourse. Neither the operation to implant a prosthesis nor the device itself will interfere with sensation, orgasm, ejaculation or urination.