Testosterone, the natural male steroid hormone, is mostly produced in the testicles. “Hypogonadism,” or low testosterone, can lead to decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, low energy, and mood changes. Causes include:
- Testicle injury
- Cancer treatments
- Genetic abnormalities
- Use of narcotic pain medications
- Problems with the pituitary gland
- Obstructive sleep apnea
Diagnostic tests should always be performed with a morning laboratory draw, preferably before 10AM.
Treatment depends on the cause of the low testosterone. For men with bothersome symptoms requiring testosterone replacement therapy, options include:
- Topical Gels
- Pellets placed under the skin
All treatments have side effects. The doctors at Fore River Urology are experienced in evaluation and treatment low testosterone. They can review all treatment options and help you decide if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you. For an appointment, please call 207-518-6600.
Additional information about low testosterone can be found at the Urology Care Foundation.