Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Brentwood, TN
Low testosterone, or “low T,” is one of the most widely publicized health concerns among men. The condition is primarily associated with decreased sexual performance, but testosterone plays an even larger role in a man’s, and even a woman’s body. If you live in Brentwood, Nashville and nearby towns in Tennessee, find out more about low testosterone from Dr. Jeffrey Lodge, a board-certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology, who specializes in testosterone replacement therapy.
What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a sex hormone produced in the testes. The hormone supports the normal development of not only the male reproductive organs but also secondary male sexual characteristics. Testosterone production is controlled by both the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. Some of the functions and features testosterone supports are:
- Development and maturation of the prostate gland and other male reproductive organs
- Male-pattern hair growth, such as chest and abdominal hair
- Increases in strength and lean mass and a decrease in adipose tissue
- Libido and erections
- Energy levels and mood
- Bone density
- Vocal depth
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone therapy, which is also known as androgen replacement therapy, is typically used for correcting hypogonadism (low testosterone). With hypogonadism, a man’s body is unable to produce sufficient quantities of testosterone. This is often caused by underproduction in the testicles.
What Are The Benefits Of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
The benefits men receive from testosterone replacement will depend upon their symptoms and a variety of other factors. Some benefits may include:
- Higher energy levels and motivation
- Less irritability and fewer mood swings
- Lower risk of depression and anxiety
- Enhanced libido
- Improved quality and frequency of erections
- Increased lean mass and improved strength
- Better verbal memory and visuospatial cognitive function
- Improved skin thickness and health
- Enhanced fertility
What Causes Testosterone Deficiency?
Starting in his 30s, a man experiences a gradual decrease in testosterone levels as the result of aging. While there is much controversy surrounding the exact process, scientists, researchers, and physicians agree that far more than aging causes decreased testosterone levels, such as
- Testicular infection or injury
- Damage due to cancer treatments
- Genetic issues such as an additional X chromosome (Klinefelter’s Syndrome)
- Excessive iron levels
- Pituitary gland disorders
- Anabolic steroid use
- Medications such as antidepressants and corticosteroids
- Excessive soy consumption leading to high estrogen
- Kidney disease and failure
- Chronic infection or disease
- HIV and AIDS
- Uncontrolled stress
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Congenital diseases
- Chronic inflammatory conditions
What Are The Symptoms Of Testosterone Deficiency?
Low testosterone can present with many symptoms, such as
- Anxiety and depression
- Physical weakness and low energy
- Lack of motivation
- Poor memory and concentration
- Low libido and erectile dysfunction
What Are The Changes That Occur In The Body With Testosterone Deficiency?
Low testosterone can cause negative physiological changes such as
- Increased adipose tissue and decreased lean mass
- High cholesterol and triglycerides
- Low hemoglobin and potential anemia
- Loss of bone density leading to osteoporosis
- Hair loss on the face, head, and body
How Do I Find Out If I Have A Testosterone Deficiency?
To find out whether you have low testosterone, Dr. Lodge must take a blood sample and analyze its testosterone content. Because testosterone levels vary with the time of day, several samples may be required to determine whether there is truly a deficiency. Testosterone levels tend to be highest early in the morning. For this reason, Dr. Lodge may recommend having your blood sample taken in the morning.
Low testosterone not only affects a multitude of physical and emotional issues, but may also be caused by a range of medical conditions. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with low testosterone, contact our office at 615-283-7291 to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Lodge, a board-certified physician in obstetrics and gynecology.