Have you noticed a decrease in your sex drive as you’ve gotten older? Or perhaps muscle mass has become harder and harder to achieve while your energy levels have dropped? A reduction in testosterone production, or hypogonadism, is likely responsible.
Hypogonadism, commonly referred to as “low T,” affects your sex drive, ability to build muscle, maintain bone strength, increases fatigue, growth of breast tissues and red blood cell production, which can reduce your energy. Low T can be diagnosed by a urologist through blood samples, a physical exam, and medical history. In some cases, we use diagnostic testing including MRI or CT scans, bone density scans, and blood draws to check hormone levels.
Common causes of low T include:
- Testicular injuries
- Testicular cancer
- Hormone disorders
- Chronic liver or kidney disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Chronic opioid use
What Is Hypogonadism (Low Testosterone)?
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Low testosterone levels can begin at a young age. In adults, a lack of fertility, low libido, erectile dysfunction, growth of breast tissue, and sparse facial or body hair often indicate that there is a hormonal imbalance.
Low T Treatment in Chicago, IL
Chicago urologist Dr. Laurence Levine can help you reclaim your masculinity with low T treatments including topical gels, oral medications, intramuscular injections, and Testopel® implants aimed at restoring your testosterone levels. Request an appointment online or call (312) 563-5000 at our Chicago, Illinois office today.