Testosterone Replacement

Testosterone is the most important sex hormone (otherwise known as androgens) produced in the male body. It is the hormone that is primarily responsible for producing the typical adult male attributes.

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During puberty, testosterone stimulates the physical changes that characterize the adult male. Throughout adult life, testosterone helps maintain sex drive, the production of sperm cells, male hair patterns, muscle mass, and bone mass. Though most often associated with males, testosterone also plays a huge part in a woman’s energy, libido, and mood. Low testosterone can negatively affect your quality of life. 

What Is Low Testosterone? 

Some symptoms related to low testosterone are similar to those seen during menopause in women. Signs of low testosterone in men may include:

  • Decreased Sex Drive
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
  • Lowered Sperm Count 
  • Increased Breast Size 
  • Hot Flashes
  • Increased Irritability
  • Inability To Concentrate
  • Depression

Some men may have a prolonged and severe decrease in testosterone production. As a result, they may experience loss of body hair and reduced muscle mass, their bones may be more brittle and prone to fracture, and their testes may become smaller and softer. In younger men, low testosterone production may reduce the development of body and facial hair, muscle mass, and genitals. In addition, their voices also may fail to deepen. Women may experience a decrease in sex drive, lack of energy, decreased “enjoyment of life,” and even depression.

What Is Testosterone Therapy?

Physical and emotional symptoms may suggest a medical problem. Therefore a detailed history and physical examination—coupled with thorough laboratory analysis—are necessary to help your doctor determine what may be wrong with you, and what treatments may be best suited for your condition.

Dr. Howell prescribes testosterone for patients diagnosed as having testosterone deficiency. He may also recommend testosterone therapy to patients who are diagnosed with testosterone deficiency if they exhibit signs and symptoms that may be improved by testosterone therapy* and other conventional treatments have been unsuccessful.

*This is a Non-FDA Approved indication for using testosterone.

Todd Howell MD, Aesthetic Medicine Doctor Baton Rouge

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