Low Testosterone

While it’s true that low testosterone levels can affect your sex life in a significant way, this drop in hormones casts a wider net than you’d think when it comes to your physical and mental health. From fatigue to bone loss, the health care providers at Men’s Health Chicago understand how testosterone levels can have an impact on your overall health and offer effective treatment. To learn more, call one of the four offices in Naperville, Barrington, Schaumburg, or Chicago, Illinois, or book an appointment online.

Low Testosterone Q & A

What is testosterone?

Testosterone, also called the male sex hormone, is produced by your testes. As a hormone and anabolic steroid, testosterone is responsible for the development and regulation of many of your male characteristics, including:

  • Muscle and bone mass
  • Body and facial hair
  • Sex drive
  • Fat distribution

What constitutes low levels of testosterone?

Testosterone is measured in nanograms per deciliter — a normal range is between 300 and 800 nanograms per deciliter. A blood test is the best way to determine these levels. Anything below 300 nanograms is considered a low testosterone level.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

When your testosterone levels drop, you may notice many symptoms, including:

  • Diminished sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle and bone loss
  • Increased breast tissue

Many men also report an increase in anxiety or depression that appears to be related to the drop in testosterone.

What causes low testosterone?

There are many reasons why your testosterone levels are low, and aging is usually the primary cause. Your testosterone levels reach their peak in your 20s and typically start a gradual decline —  about 1.5% a year — once you hit your 30s. In addition to aging, a number of conditions or events can cause a decline in testosterone, including:

  • Injury to your testicles
  • Cancer of your testicles
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Infection
  • Certain medications
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • HIV

Some of these conditions contribute to hypogonadism, a condition in which your body doesn’t produce enough testosterone. You may be born with hypogonadism, or you may develop it later in life as a result of any of the conditions listed above.

What are the treatments for low testosterone?

The primary treatment for low testosterone that is classified as hypogonadism is testosterone replacement therapy. This therapy delivers controlled amounts of testosterone through:

  • Gels
  • Pellets
  • Patches
  • Injections

The medical professionals at Men’s Health Chicago have extensive experience successfully treating men with testosterone replacement therapy.

To find out whether this therapy is right for you, call one of the three offices in Chicago, Naperville, or Schaumburg, Illinois, or book an appointment online.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Men's Health Chicago, we accept most major insurance plans and sel pay. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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