Treating Low Testosterone Levels at Our Houston Clinics
Posted: October 7, 2022
If you have low testosterone, our clinics throughout Greater Houston can help you get treatment to feel better and discover a more enjoyable life by alleviating your symptoms. We offer total solutions for men’s health care all under one roof, including diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing treatment monitoring. Our team is here to help you improve your health and start living your best life by providing you with health care tailored to your lifestyle. In this article, we’ll explain how our teams in Houston can help you find relief from low testosterone symptoms.
Visit Our Greater Houston Clinics if You Think You Have Low Testosterone
Many men have low testosterone levels and experience life-altering symptoms. Yet, a lot of them don’t seek treatment. Some people simply chalk it up to normal aging. Others think it’s not treatable, so don’t visit a doctor for help. However, testosterone deficiency isn’t something you need to live with or adjust your life to. It’s a health condition that our teams can help you manage through treatment plans customized to you.
Low T can cause a lot of unpleasant symptoms and can also increase your risks for many serious and even life-threatening health issues. Don’t let low T run your life – our health care providers partner with you to find solutions to help you feel better and improve your health.
We have several locations throughout the Greater Houston area to help you understand your symptoms and start feeling like yourself again. You can find help from our clinics in West Houston, Cypress, The Woodlands, Friendswood, and Pasadena to determine if you have low testosterone and get treatments customized to you and your lifestyle.
Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency
Signs of low testosterone levels include:
- Low energy
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Unexplained weight gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increased fat mass
- Loss of body hair
- Less beard growth
- Depressive symptoms
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
Low T can also affect your health in other ways that might prompt our team to test your hormone levels. For instance, low T often leads to weaker bones and lower red blood cell production in your body. So, if you have a history of low trauma fractures (where your bones break more easily than they should) or unexplained anemia, we might recommend doing a testosterone test to make sure your levels are in a healthy range.
How Our Health Care Providers in Houston Diagnose Low Testosterone
When you visit one of our locations in Greater Houston, our team starts with a comprehensive health exam to understand what’s going on with your body and what’s causing your symptoms. Many of the symptoms of low testosterone can also be caused by other health problems, so we want to look for any underlying conditions that might be contributing to your symptoms.
Our health exams are tailored to each person, but generally involve a complete physical exam, a health questionnaire, a thorough conversation about your symptoms and medical history, as well as a full blood panel that looks at many different things, including testosterone levels, blood sugar levels, sex hormone binding globulin levels, thyroid levels, and blood counts, to name just a few.
If you have low T levels, we also confirm with a second blood test to make sure, as your hormone can fluctuate day to day. Once we confirm that you have low testosterone, we’ll discuss treatment options for low T that may work well for you.
Low T Treatment Options
Low testosterone treatment looks different for everyone. For instance, some men with low T can improve their levels and symptoms through simple lifestyle changes like losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising.
If your low T is caused by untreated or poorly managed health conditions like diabetes or obesity, then the providers at our Houston men’s health clinics may recommend treating those as well, which may help increase testosterone production in your body.
However, these changes often aren’t enough to boost your testosterone to healthy ranges. If this is the case for you, then our providers in Houston may recommend starting testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). This is where you take testosterone to increase the levels in your blood to healthy ranges, which is generally between 300 ng/dL to 1,000 ng/dL.
Our Team Helps You Decide if Testosterone Replacement Therapy is Right For You
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for everyone, which is why we work hard to really customize treatment plans to our patients. If you have low testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy may or may not be the right option for you. Our team can help you decide by weighing the risks and benefits based on your specific situation and health concerns. However, it helps to know some general information about TRT, its benefits, and who typically shouldn’t take testosterone.
Benefits of TRT
Treating your low testosterone with testosterone replacement therapy can have many positive impacts on your life and health. Testosterone replacement therapy is an effective treatment option for improving symptoms like low energy, low mood, and low libido from deficient testosterone levels.
Testosterone replacement therapy can also have several other benefits, like improving muscle mass, bone density, and increasing red blood cell production. Many men say they feel more alive and younger after starting testosterone because they are finally living without symptoms of low T. So, there are many benefits to TRT if you have low T levels.
Who Shouldn’t Take Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Of course, there are some people who shouldn’t take testosterone replacement therapy, even if they have low testosterone.
Some signs you might not be a good candidate for testosterone therapy include:
- High prostate-specific androgen (PSA) levels
- History of prostate cancer
- History of breast cancer
- High red blood cell count
- Severe or untreated sleep apnea
It’s also important to note that testosterone replacement therapy can affect fertility. Therefore, it might be best to explore other options if you plan to try for a baby.
Testosterone Injections vs. Other Treatment Modalities
If you and our providers decide that testosterone replacement therapy is a good option for you, there are several different types of therapy to choose from. We frequently recommend testosterone injections for a few reasons. First, it allows our health care teams in Houston to have more control over your dosage to fine-tune treatment to you and optimize your levels. It also helps you avoid a lot of the mess and skin irritation associated with gels, creams, and patches.
Our patients can choose to get testosterone injections in-office or give themselves injections at home. With at-home options, we ship all the supplies you need each month for easy treatment with fewer office visits.
Low Testosterone Treatment & Monitoring for Patients in the Greater Houston Area
Unlike many other clinics, our teams provide comprehensive, ongoing monitoring for your treatment. We regularly monitor things like PSA levels, red blood cell count, symptoms, and overall health. This is to help make sure your treatment is working well for you and that it’s not causing any other problems for your health.
In the beginning of your treatment, we dial in your dose and optimize your treatment to make sure you feel better. Men using testosterone replacement therapy for low testosterone usually see improvements in their symptoms within four to six weeks of beginning treatment. Our health care providers take time to adjust your dose as needed to find the right amount of testosterone to alleviate your symptoms.
Afterwards, we continue to monitor your health and be your partner for staying healthy and treating your low T. If you prefer at-home treatment, we take care of this from the comfort of your own home through our proprietary app. Otherwise, you visit a clinic near you for quick in-office visits that fit your schedule. Our goal is to make sure health care is convenient for you.
Convenient Health Care for Men at Affordable Prices at Low T Center Locations in Houston
Our teams at Low T Center provide comprehensive health care for men in Greater Houston and throughout the country. Visit one of our clinics near you for convenient, affordable, and comprehensive solutions for maintaining your health. Make an appointment online now to start feeling like the best version of yourself.
Disclaimer: This article is made available for general, entertainment and educational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Low T Center. You should always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.