Men's Health & Testosterone Replacement located in Schaumburg, IL & Chicago, IL
Low testosterone causes more problems than you may realize. It obviously causes sexual dysfunction, but did you know it can also cause bone loss? When you’re a patient of Chicago Vitality in Chicago, Schaumburg, or Naperville, Illinois, you meet with a provider who understands men’s health concerns. The dedicated practitioners know how to diagnose low testosterone and specialize in testosterone replacement therapy. Get started on your testosterone treatment plan by calling the office or booking your appointment online.
Low Testosterone Q & A
Why do I have low testosterone?
Aside from a natural part of aging, your testosterone might be low if you have:
- Injured testicles
- Certain types of cancer
- Infections or inflammatory diseases
- Excess body weight
Sometimes your medications impact your testosterone level. Let your doctor know about all medications you take, as well as dosages — this includes over-the-counter supplements and medications, too.
Will I know if I have low testosterone?
The only way to know for sure is to have your blood checked. You might be unaware that your testosterone is running low unless you have a blood draw to check it. More obvious signs of low testosterone include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fatigue and anxiety
- Decreased sex drive
- Muscle weakness
Low testosterone also causes issues that you might not be able to notice right away. When your testosterone is low, you risk having:
- Brittle bones
- More body weight
- Decreased muscle mass
What’s the best time to test for low testosterone?
Your testosterone levels are highest first thing in the morning, meaning that this is usually the best time to have your testosterone levels checked.
Testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day. If you have a blood test that shows your testosterone is low, your doctor generally repeats the test on another day, at another time. Sometimes you might need an additional blood draw to get a clear analysis of the testosterone levels in your body.
Contrary to what the pharmaceutical industry may want you to believe, Testosterone replacement therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all prescription and isn’t for everyone. It is imperative that you see a QUALIFIED provider to assess your condition. Most general medical providers would agree that they are not proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of Hypogonadism (low-T), Our providers have extensive education and experience with this condition and ensure that your treatment plan is specific to you.