Did you know that the production of testosterone in men starts within the womb? However, it only rises when you hit puberty -and peaks as soon as you reach your late teen years.
In the US alone, low testosterone levels affect about 1 in every 4 adult males over the age of 30. This is because once you’re over 30, testosterone levels drop by 1% every year due to multiple factors.
Read on to know more about what causes testosterone levels to drop -and more importantly, how IM testosterone shots can help you address these.
Testosterone and Its Role In Men’s Health
Testosterone is a crucial sex hormone that is responsible for the development and function of a range of sexual, physical, and even aesthetic characteristics in men. It is largely responsible for the following in men:
- The development of male reproductive organs (penis, testes)
- Deepening of voice at puberty
- Facial and pubic hair
- Enhancing bone health
- Increasing muscle mass and strength
- Sperm production and sexual desire
The level of testosterone in your blood varies throughout the day, but it’s highest in the mornings. A healthy adult male’s testosterone levels range between 300 to 1,000 ng/dL. Testosterone levels below 300ng/dL are considered low, thus signaling low testosterone.
Left untreated, it can lead to troublesome symptoms.
What Causes Low Testosterone?
A myriad of factors can cause your testosterone levels to drop, such as:
Aging – Testosterone levels in men decline by 1% naturally every year as they age. That’s why older men tend to have lower testosterone levels.
Accident or injury – Accidental damage or injury to the testicles might also cause low testosterone and affect sperm production as well.
Certain disorders and diseases – Metabolic disorders such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and too much iron in the blood are also considered risk factors.
People suffering from obesity have higher fat levels in their bodies. Fat cells convert testosterone into estrogen, therefore reducing testosterone levels in the blood.
Low testosterone is also common in individuals who suffer from liver or kidney ailments.
Certain medications – The chronic use of certain medications such as opioids or steroids can also affect the levels of testosterone in your blood.
Prostate cancer – Chemotherapy, radiation, or complete testicle removal for treating prostate cancer can also lead to low testosterone levels.
Symptoms of low testosterone
Low testosterone levels can affect your physical, sexual, and mental health. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Low libido or reduced sexual drive
- Erectile dysfunction or ED
- Low sperm count
- Enlargement of breasts
- Fatigue and weariness
Chronic low testosterone levels can also contribute to more severe symptoms, such as:
- Hair loss and diminished beard growth
- Loss of muscle mass
- Weaker bones
- Poor focus, memory, and mental haziness
- Mood swings
How Can IM Testosterone Shots Help?
Testosterone “shots” or injections are used to treat symptoms of low testosterone levels by regulating the levels of testosterone in the blood.
Testosterone shots can provide several benefits, such as:
- Enhanced sexual desire and better sperm count
- Increased muscle mass and reduced fat levels
- Increased bone mass and strength
- Relief from ED symptoms
- Higher energy levels
- Better overall mood
Intramuscular or IM testosterone shots are injected every 2-4 weeks into the buttock or thigh muscles. However, the dosage can depend on multiple factors such, as the symptoms being treated and the severity of the symptoms.
It’s always best to consult with an expert MD to determine the best treatment plan for your specific concerns and symptoms. The board-certified medical practitioners at HL Med Spa have provided countless patients in Newark, NJ with a customized treatment plan -and have delivered great results.
Schedule an appointment now to know more about this treatment!