Male Hormone Replacement Therapy
Men and women experience many of the same hormone-related problems as they get older. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help symptoms of low testosterone in men who suffer from a disease called hypogonadism, a dysfunction of the testicles in which the body is unable to produce the right amount of testosterone.
Low Testosterone (Low T)
Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles. Testosterone levels generally peak during adolescence and early adulthood. This sex hormone is responsible for the changes boys experience during puberty. It is key for the development of male features such as muscle strength and mass, facial and body hair, and a deeper voice. Testosterone is also needed for men to produce sperm.
After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone – about one percent a year. A decrease in sex drive sometimes accompanies the drop in testosterone, leading many men to mistakenly believe that their loss of interest in sex is simply due to getting older.
Testosterone levels can also affect a man's erections, mood, energy level, muscle mass, and bone density.
In older men, it is important to determine if low testosterone is simply due to the decline associated with aging or if it is due to hypogonadism, a disease in which the body is unable to produce normal amounts of testosterone due to a problem with the testicles or with the pituitary gland that controls the testicles.