Hormones control almost everything when it comes to the human body. Testosterone is responsible for most male characteristics, from chest hair to sex drive. As a result, when testosterone levels are off, it can have a widespread effect on the male body. To correct this, Dr. Gene Meisenberg of Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery offers testosterone replacement therapy to his male patients in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.
Your testosterone levels ramp up in earnest as you go through puberty, peaking in your 20s. After 30, your levels go down at a rate of 1% per year, which is completely natural. Most of the time, your levels are still between 300 and 1,000 nanograms per deciliter, even with the decline.
If these levels dip below 300, however, you’re officially in low testosterone, or low T, territory. Most men with low T experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Some studies suggest that up to five million men in the United States suffer from low T, making it a fairly common problem. The primary culprit behind low T is hypogonadism, which describes a condition where your body just doesn’t produce enough testosterone. Hypogonadism can be either primary, which means that there’s a testicular problem, or secondary, which points to a problem in your hypothalamus or pituitary gland.
To tackle the source of the problem, low testosterone levels, it makes sense that treatment involves somehow making up for the deficit. In researching the issue, Dr. Meisenberg settled on testosterone replacement therapy as the best option.
To determine the strength of your testosterone replacement therapy, Dr. Meisenberg runs some tests to check your testosterone levels and then sits with you to review your symptoms. Armed with this information, he determines an appropriate treatment that addresses your symptoms and aligns with your goals.
One of the advantages of testosterone replacement therapy is that the hormones are slowly released by pellets placed under your skin, meaning you don’t have to work with any pills, shots, or creams. Dr. Meisenberg injects the pellets in the subcutaneous space in your upper buttocks in an in-office procedure that takes just minutes.
The pellets then go to work and slowly release a sustained amount of hormones, which your body naturally absorbs.
The pellets work over the course of four to six months, which means you’ll see a gradual improvement in your symptoms.
If you think testosterone replacement therapy might be a good option, call Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery, or use the online booking tool to schedule a visit.