Male Hormone Replacement Therapy

Eric K. Seaman, MD -  - Urologist

Male Fertility Doc

Eric K. Seaman, MD

Urologist located in Millburn, NJ

As a man, it’s natural for your levels of testosterone, the male sex hormone, to drop as you age. However, this change in hormone levels can produce a number of unpleasant side effects, from erectile dysfunction (ED) to decreased bone density. Board-certified urologist Eric K. Seaman, M.D., in Millburn, New Jersey, offers male hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat low levels of testosterone, whatever the cause, with many patients seeing results within weeks. For more information on male hormone replacement therapy, call the Male Fertility Doc office or make an appointment online today.

Male Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A

What is male hormone replacement therapy?

Male hormone replacement therapy, also called testosterone or androgen replacement therapy, is used to supplement your body’s natural supply of the male sex hormone testosterone when it doesn’t produce enough on its own. Your body needs testosterone for:

  • Male sexual development
  • Reproductive function
  • Building muscle mass
  • Maintaining a healthy level of red blood cells
  • Maintaining bone density

Your testosterone levels usually decrease as you get older, and they can also drop due to illness or injury. A drop in testosterone levels unrelated to an illness is often called hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is a condition where your body can’t produce enough testosterone, sperm, or both, and it has a variety of symptoms.

What are the symptoms of hypogonadism?

If your body is producing insufficient testosterone, you may experience:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • A decrease in beard growth and growth of body hair
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Development of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
  • Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Difficulty concentrating

While hypogonadism is not usually dangerous, it’s important the condition be diagnosed in case it’s a sign of a larger issue, so schedule a visit with Dr. Seaman if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms.

How can I raise my testosterone levels back to normal?

Dr. Seaman often treats hypogonadism and other drops in testosterone with male hormone replacement therapy. As part of this process, you’ll take supplemental doses of testosterone through injections, topical gels or patches, or even through simple oral medication. This therapy can have side effects if not managed properly, so talk to Dr. Seaman about how to make sure your therapy is effective.

When used correctly, testosterone replacement therapy can help:

  • Restore muscle strength and growth
  • Restore bone density
  • Increase energy, sex drive, and sense of well-being
  • Treat ED caused by low testosterone

Find out what kind of treatment is best for you by telling Dr. Seaman about your symptoms and overall level of health so he can make the most informed decision for your care.

For more information on male hormone replacement therapy and hypogonadism, call the office of Eric K. Seaman, M.D., or schedule an appointment online today.