Diagnosing Low T can be Complex
Ensure You Have an Expert in Your Corner
One out of four men over the age of 30 have some degree of testosterone deficiency, often referred to as Low T, or hypogonadism. Most of them have no idea why the can't build muscle at the gym, can't sleep well or suffer from sluggishness and low libido. Some men try anti-depressants or or weight-loss schemes while their general doctors say their testosterone levels are in the normal range.
Diagnosing low testosterone can be complex, and a simple reading of testosterone levels in your general practitioners office is only a small part of the story. Finding a physician that knows how to properly diagnose and manage low testosterone safely and effectively is paramount. Many men suffer for years because their general doctors dismiss the symptoms as simply something that happens as you age. Paul Gittens MD, FACS is a board certified urologist and is fellowship-trained in the diagnosis and management of Low T. Dr. Gittens specializes in treating men with Low T and monitors patients closely for any possible side effects while working to maximize the benefits his patients see from the therapy.
Personalized for You
To be successful, testosterone therapy must be personalized to your specific situation. Do you want to have children in the future? Have you had prostate cancer? Are you on other steroidal medication? These are just a few examples of personal considerations that must be taken into consideration when devising a treatment plan. Your lifestyle and future goals may affect how we treat your Low T today.
Dr. Gittens takes the time to get to know his patients, along with their symptoms, desires, and of course, lab results. But it's that last one that tricks many physicians into thinking their patients are fine. "Normal" testosterone can vary greatly from person to person, and while lab test can be instructive, the symptoms reported by the patient are just as important to making the diagnosis and devising the appropriate treatment plan.
This is what makes finding the right doctor so imperative. Low T is not something that can be or should be treated at a drive-in center, or "hormone specialists" shop. You must be seen by a urologist — with a specialty in sexual medicine — that will take the time to get to the root cause of your testosterone deficiency while also coming up with a plan that works with your lifestyle and plans for the future.
Low T After Steroid Use
Anabolic steroid use is prevalent in the United States. Steroids can cause a number of problems such as low testosterone, and male infertility. It can also result in abnormal hormonal levels, liver dysfunction, high cholesterol and a number of other problems.
Dr. Gittens specializes in the treatment of low testosterone or infertility due to anabolic steroid use. We also effectively treat men that have been on anabolic steroids and have residual affects of low libido, fatigue and sexual difficulties. We also have a program that has helped many men stop taking steroids and put them on programs that safely and effectively treat the symptoms they've been experiencing.
Paul Gittens, MD, FACS has treated many men for Low T with great success. Are you ready to meet Dr. Gittens?
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