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Low Testosterone

Mike Hsieh, MD

Urologists & Men's Health Specialists located in La Jolla, CA

Low testosterone affects 40% of men over the age of 45 and your risk increases as you get older. Decreasing testosterone levels may affect your sex drive, weight, and mood. Men’s health specialists, Mike Hsieh, MD, who serves as the director of the Men's Health Center at the University of California, San Diego, and Jose Luis Ruiz, PA, offer a range of treatment options for low testosterone that can reverse your symptoms and improve health. For an evaluation and treatment plan, contact the office in La Jolla, California, by phone or online today.

Low Testosterone Q & A

What is low testosterone?

Testosterone is the male sex hormone responsible for many of the characteristics specific to men, including facial hair, deep voice, and muscle strength. It also plays a significant role in sex drive and is needed to produce sperm.

As men get older, testosterone production decreases leading to low serum testosterone, also known as hypogonadism or andropause. These hormonal changes can affect your physical and emotional health. 

But with testosterone therapy, you no longer have to suffer through the negative side effects of aging caused by changes in your hormone levels. 

The men’s health specialists provide individualized treatment plans that address your hormone levels and symptoms to restore health and vitality. 

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

Symptoms of low testosterone can vary in type and severity. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Low libido
  • Increase in body fat
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Low energy
  • Hot flashes
  • Fatigue

It’s not uncommon for men with other chronic health conditions to also suffer from low testosterone. 

Many men with a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol also have low testosterone levels. Obesity and a history of chronic opioid use also affects hormone levels. 

How is low testosterone diagnosed?

Your provider performs a full evaluation when you come to the office with concerns about low testosterone. The team asks detailed questions about your medical history and symptoms and perform a physical exam. A blood test is also conducted to assess your hormone levels.

How is low testosterone treated?

Your provider develops individualized treatment plans for managing low testosterone based on the results of your hormone test, age, and overall health. 

If testosterone therapy is recommended, the team offers many treatment options, including a topical gel, injections, long-acting pellets, patches, and oral inserts. 

In addition to hormone therapy, the team focuses on managing your overall health, which may include:

  • Metabolic syndrome management
  • Weight management
  • Lifestyle changes

The men’s health specialists may also refer you to the sports medicine team who can prescribe a diet and exercise plan specific to your health and fitness needs to support your efforts towards health and wellness. 

Decreasing testosterone levels can affect your physical and emotional health. To get the medical help you need so you can feel more like your usual self, contact the office of Mike Hsieh, MD, by phone or online today.