Testosterone is a sex hormone found in all mammals. It is the principal male sex hormone responsible for the development of sex organs and sexual characteristics.
Hormones are involved in most biological functions, including metabolism, immune function, and sexual reproduction. Testosterone plays a key role in muscle growth, bone density, regulating your sex drive, as well as your overall sense of well-being.
The symptoms of low Testosterone in men often go untreated and are merely considered the signs of aging. Testosterone levels begin to drop every year starting at age 25. While the debate about “male menopause” rages on, the physical changes caused by reduced testosterone are very real. Lifestyle factors, like chronic illness, stress, and obesity can also contribute to low T.
Symptoms can present as:
- Low libido
- Difficulty with erections
- Inability to focus
- Lack of motivation
- Weight gain
- Trouble sleeping
- Unexplained hair loss
- Prolonged recovery time
- General malaise
Most of these symptoms are easily correctable with hormone replacement therapy.
Low Testosterone is known as hypogonadism. The gold standard for testing hormone levels is a blood serum test of Free T. Free T is Testosterone that can enter the body’s cells and do the necessary work that leads to improvement of symptoms. There is no other evaluation that can match the accuracy of a Free T test.
To see if you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy, you should meet with our Medical Director Dr. Jeffrey Arbuckle to discuss your goals and concerns. Dr. Arbuckle will then order a blood test. After assessing your current hormone levels, he will formulate a personalized treatment plan to improve your Testosterone levels to restore your health and well-being.
At Fountain of You MD in Virginia Beach, we treat low Testosterone with a comprehensive combination of lifestyle changes and high quality, time released intramuscular injections of bioidentical hormones on a weekly or biweekly basis. Bioidentical hormone injections are the most effective method of Testosterone Replacement Therapy. We have not achieved results using transdermal (through the skin) therapy, which is not absorbed well in men, is easily transferable to children and women, and is outrageously expensive. Other clinics often prescribe patches, pellets, or intranasal therapies, all of which can have irritating side effects and highly ineffective absorption.
Vast improvements are typically noted as soon as two months of continuous therapy, but results can vary.
What are the benefits of Testosterone replacement therapy?
Benefits of hormone replacement therapy vary based on pre-therapy symptoms. Usually, patients note:
- Increased energy
- Improved mood
- Increased sex drive
- Weight loss
- Lean muscle mass increased
- Increased bone density
- Increased strength and endurance
- Improved quality of life
If you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, lack of energy, feelings of anxiety and depression, low sex drive, lack of mental clarity, sleep problems, or weight gain, your Testosterone levels may be unbalanced, and Fountain of You MD in Virginia Beach can help. Replenishing hormone levels is vital to optimize the aging process and restore energy and vigor. Our core belief is that hormone replacement improves health, energy levels, and the general sense of well-being. We understand that by effecting positive changes in body composition, by increasing muscle mass and strength while decreasing fat mass, the quality of life will improve and lead to better overall health