Testosterone Therapy for Men
It is estimated that over 14 million men over age 45 have low testosterone levels. Low testosterone has been found to be more common in men with type 2 diabetes or those on chronic opiod pain medications. Low testosterone is usually defined in the medical community as a total level less than 300 mg/dl. The amazing thing is that an OPTIMAL testosterone level is close to 1000! So, there are millions of men who are being told every day that they have “normal” testosterone when they have clear symptoms and signs of deficiency. Men are being needlessly treated for depression, sleeplessness and anxiety when in many cases the real problem is a hormone deficiency. The most common symptoms include:
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Apathy (not really caring about things like you once did)
- Low Energy
- Poor Athletic Endurance
- Poor Sleep
- Memory Problems
- Poor Muscle Tone
- Certain medical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and chronic pain are associated with increased risk of low testosterone.
- If you don't feel your best, please call us and find out how you can have a complimentary meeting with Dr Cox to discuss your hormones.
My doctor says my testosterone levels are “normal “but I still feel bad? Am I crazy?
NO! Normal does not mean normal for you. And normal is not optimal. We often find “normal” testosterone levels that result in moderate to severe symptoms for you. We treat you, not just the labs.
What is bio-identical hormone replacement treatment?
It is the use of hormones that have the exact same structure as the hormones the body makes to prevent or reverse age related decline caused by hormone deficiency. Specifically for men we use testosterone or “T” and sometimes thyroid hormones.
What does “bio-identical’ mean?
Really, it means human identical. The body is very complicated and can recognize the entire chemical shape (structure) of a hormone. If the shape isn’t right the actions of the hormone in the body are not the same. It’s true that you can’t fool Mother Nature. The exact chemical structure allows your body to fully Recognize, Utilize and Metabolize the hormone. This is important to get the best results and safety from hormone therapy.
Does testosterone cause prostate cancer?
NO! It is now common knowledge in the medical community that testosterone supplements do not increase the risk for prostate cancer.
Do I have to take shots?
No, there are many ways to treat testosterone deficiency. During your consultation Dr Cox will educate you about your available options so that you can choose the one that works best for you.
How fast can I start feeling better?
Usually the treatment makes a difference in about 3-4 weeks.
How do I get started?
Call us today at 404-843-3636 to schedule your consultation.
Treatment options include:
- Commercially prepared transdermal gels or solutions (such as Axiron, Fortesta, Androgel)
- Custom compounded gels or suspension from a compound pharmacy
- hCG injections which may increase a man’s own testosterone levels
- Testosterone injections- usually every 3-5 days
- Long lasting (6 months or more) custom compounded bioidentical testosterone implants- note that this is NOT the TESTOPEL that is commercially available and only lasts 3 months on average