When it comes to opening up about issues, men usually aren’t the first in line to share their experiences, especially when it comes to their urological health. According to recent data, as many as 1 in 4 men currently suffer from low testosterone levels. Testosterone is the male hormone that controls development and sexual drive. Low testosterone occurs when a man’s testosterone levels dip below normal. They can begin to experience symptoms such as decreased sexual drive, loss of muscle, decreased strength endurance, mood changes and concentration issues. Low testosterone is also closely linked with erectile dysfunction, or ED, which is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual activity.
Many men that come into my clinic often are under the impression that issues like low testosterone and erectile dysfunction are normal and that “every guy goes through this.” While as men age, testosterone levels will naturally decrease; low testosterone isn’t something that men have to just live with. There are options.
According to recent data, as many as 1 in 4 men currently suffer from low testosterone levels.
Some of the more notable options for ED include oral medications. These medications increase blood flow to the penis in order to encourage erections. However, some men do not respond to medications for ED without the supplementation of testosterone. Options for testosterone replacement therapy include injectable medications, topical gels and patches, or new treatment therapies like testosterone pellets, small oval shaped pellets that are placed under the skin and last six months. Testosterone pellets also eliminate the risk of transmitting the testosterone to someone else, which is a common concern with topical gels. Many men prefer this new option because it
keeps the testosterone levels stable for months and the results are reproducible.
Low testosterone and ED aren’t problems that require a man to get treated at a “men’s clinic.” A physician or a urologist can treat these conditions. I urge all men to talk to their physician if they are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone and ED in order to find a treatment that works best for them and their families. At DaVita Medical Group, our urologists and specialists at Medical Center Point focus on these and other common men’s health issues that are treatable.