Testosterone is a hormone that helps men maintain muscle strength and mass, sex drive, facial and body hair, sperm production and bone density. It is produced mainly in the testicles.
Low testosterone (Low T) occurs when a man’s body is unable to produce normal amounts of the hormone testosterone.
If you are suffering from Low T, you may experience symptoms such as:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Moodiness or depression
- Decreased muscle mass
If you think you may have Low T, you can trust the urologists at Hackensack Meridian Health to restore your quality of life and help you feel better
Causes of Low T
Our urologists understand that the symptoms of Low T can affect your quality of life. We take the time to understand your symptoms and the cause of your Low T so we can provide fast, effective treatment.
Low T may be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Andropause – changes in hormone levels that occur in men over age 50
- Injury to the testicles
- Problems in the testicles or pituitary gland, such as cancer
- Health conditions, such as diabetes, liver disease or lung problems
- Certain cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation
Our urologists will conduct a thorough exam, which will include a test to measure the amount of testosterone in your blood.
Treating Low Testosterone
If your urologist suspects that you have Low T, we may recommend medication to boost your testosterone levels. Our urologists have the experience and training to safely prescribe the right amount of testosterone replacement for you.
You may be prescribed testosterone supplements that come in different forms, such as:
If necessary, your doctor will also work with an endocrinologist, a medical specialist who treats people with hormone imbalances.
Because testosterone replacement therapy may increase your risk of heart disease and other health problems, our specialists carefully monitor your condition during your treatment.
Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Urology Care
Hackensack University Medical Center has been ranked the #1 Urology Department in New Jersey for eight years in a row by U.S. News & World Report and is the only urology department in New Jersey that is nationally ranked.
Our urologists present their clinical research at national conferences and have published over a dozen original studies in peer reviewed journals in a variety of subspecialties.
We specialize in a range of urologic disciplines including urologic oncology, infertility, stone disease, sexual dysfunction, female urology and pediatric urology.
Our award-winning team of renowned surgeons, physicians, researchers and other health care specialists are able to provide exceptional urological expertise, advancements and cutting-edge technology to develop a highly-personalized plan for each and every one of our patients.