Your sex drive used to drive you crazy. Now you have virtually no interest in sexual activity. Or maybe you've lost strength and find it progressively more difficult to maintain lean body mass.
Count on us to help you recharge your libido and regain strength. We offer the region's only truly comprehensive men's sexual and reproductive health services, dedicated to helping you through all stages of your life. With an emphasis on a healthy lifestyle, fitness and whole-person wellness, we can restore your hormone balance for optimal vitality, energy and libido.
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What Is Low Testosterone?
Testosterone is the major male sex hormone responsible for many male characteristics, including facial hair, deep voice, muscle strength and sex drive.
As you get older, your testosterone production declines. This is a natural part of aging.
But when your testosterone levels become too low, you may be diagnosed with hypogonadism, also called andropause or low testosterone. Low testosterone is very common, affecting an estimated 40 percent of men over the age of 45.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Symptoms of low testosterone can vary in type and severity and may include:
- Low libido
- Increase in body fat
- Loss of muscle mass
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low energy
- Hot flashes
Diagnosing Low Testosterone
You'll get a full evaluation when you come to UC San Diego Health's Men's Health Center with concerns about low testosterone. Have confidence in our experienced urologists who treat sensitive issues with the utmost privacy.
Your men's health specialist will ask you detailed questions about your medical history and symptoms. You will also have a physical exam and a blood test to measure your hormone levels.
Treatment for Low Testosterone
Your treatment is personalized to your goals and preferences, based on the results of your hormone test, age and overall health. If testosterone therapy is recommended, you can choose a topical gel, injections, long-acting pellets, patches and oral inserts.
In addition to hormone therapy, your care team is here to help you improve your overall health. This can further enhance the positive effects of testosterone replacement therapy on your quality of life. Look to us for expert advice, guidance and help on a range of topics related to men's health, including:
- Metabolic syndrome management
- Weight management
- Lifestyle changes