Low Testosterone

Sexual Health & Wellness located in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Bakersfield

Low Testosterone services offered in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Bakersfield

About 40% of men 45 and older experience symptoms of low testosterone, like muscle loss and fatigue. At Atlas Men’s Clinic, our experienced urologists and their teams provide complete care for low testosterone. Make an appointment by calling one of our offices in Los Angeles, San Diego or Bakersfield, or using the online booking feature today. 

Low Testosterone Q&A

What is low testosterone?

Low testosterone — sometimes called low T — is a common problem affecting middle-aged men. Testosterone levels fall when the testicles stop producing as much as they once did. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. It helps maintain your reproductive health, muscle mass, and bone density.

Almost all men experience hormonal fluctuations. But if your symptoms affect your quality of life, seek treatment right away.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

The symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Depression
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Unexplained increase in body fat
  • Mental fog
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Hair loss
  • Thinner skin

As the condition worsens, you might also gain weight and develop enlarged breasts (gynecomastia). If you have any of these symptoms, please contact Atlas Men's Clinic today.

What causes low testosterone?

Most men experience low testosterone because of the natural aging process. After you turn 30, testosterone production drops about 1% each year. Other things that can raise your risk of low testosterone include:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Trauma

You’re more likely to experience low testosterone if you’ve ever used anabolic steroids.

How is low testosterone diagnosed?

To diagnose low testosterone, your Atlas Men’s Clinic provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms. They order lab work, including blood tests, to measure your testosterone levels. Your testosterone levels are highest in the morning, so the team recommends drawing your blood at the start of the day.

How is low testosterone treated?

At Atlas Men’s Clinic, the team treats low testosterone with testosterone replacement therapy. Treatment can be administered in several ways. Depending on your age and symptoms, the team could recommend:

  • Intramuscular injections
  • Testosterone patches
  • Testosterone gel
  • Implantable testosterone pellets

It could take trial and error to determine which hormone replacement therapy benefits you most.

Is testosterone replacement therapy safe?

Testosterone replacement therapy has proven to be safe and usually well-tolerated. Even so, it takes your body several weeks to adjust to the influx of new hormones. So you might experience mild side effects like bloating, acne, or skin irritation. These should subside within a month, but if your symptoms continue or get worse, contact Atlas Men’s Clinic immediately.

Make an appointment at Atlas Men’s Clinic to learn more about low testosterone treatment. Call the office or use the online booking feature today.

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