Low Testosterone Specialist

RGV Endocrine Center -  - Endocrinology, Diabetes, Thyroid, Hormone & Weight Loss Specialist

RGV Endocrine Center

Endocrinology, Diabetes, Thyroid, Hormone & Weight Loss Specialists located in McAllen, TX

Would you be surprised to learn that low testosterone affects nearly 40% of men ages 45 or older? If you frequently feel tired, you don’t have a sex drive, or you’ve lost your competitive edge, it’s time to seek exceptional care at RGV Endocrine Center in McAllen, Texas. Gloria Ortiz, MD, FACE, ECNU, and Amanda Cantu, MD, ABIM, have years of experience helping men with low testosterone restore their strength and vitality. To schedule an appointment, call the office today.

Low Testosterone

What causes low testosterone in men?

Low testosterone, also called male hypogonadism, occurs when the testicles don’t produce enough testosterone. Health conditions that cause low testosterone include:

  • Mumps
  • Pituitary gland problems
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Testicular injuries
  • High blood levels of iron
  • Cancer treatment
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Uncontrolled diabetes

Testosterone levels also naturally decline as you get older. After the age of 30, men’s testosterone levels gradually drop by up to 2% every year. 

Your risk of developing low testosterone also increases if you’re overweight. The medical experts estimate that every one-point increase in your BMI results in a 2% drop in testosterone.

If you’re older and gain weight, the total decrease in testosterone can start to make a big difference in your health.

What symptoms develop in men with low testosterone?

Testosterone is a male hormone (androgen) that’s essential for male development, muscle size and strength, bone strength, sex drive, healthy red blood cells, and sperm production.

If you have low testosterone, you may experience:

  • A low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Loss of muscle strength
  • Decrease in body hair
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

Low testosterone can also lead to the loss of body and beard hair.

Does low testosterone cause infertility?

Your ability to have children can be affected by hypogonadism. Low testosterone isn’t the most common cause of male factor infertility, but it’s diagnosed in 2-5% of men who can’t get their partner pregnant. Blood tests to check testosterone levels are a routine part of your infertility assessment.

How is low testosterone treated?

At your first appointment, your RGV Endocrine Center provider reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. Then they run blood tests to determine your testosterone levels.

Treating underlying conditions such as diabetes, obesity, or metabolic syndrome may restore hormonal balance. If not, your provider treats low testosterone with hormone replacement therapy.

You can choose to have testosterone delivered by:

  • Injections, typically needed every 10-14 days
  • Patches, applied to your skin every day
  • Gels, rubbed into your skin every day
  • Pellets, implanted under your skin every few months

Your symptoms improve as your medication restores normal blood levels of testosterone. Taking testosterone also prevents chronic diseases associated with low testosterone, such as osteoporosis.

To learn more about low testosterone, call RGV Endocrine Center today.