Men’s Health Matters: Addressing Low Testosterone and Anxiety Through Urological Care

Did you know your anxiety can be a result of low testosterone? Many researchers believe low testosterone levels can affect mood and increase the risk of anxiety and depression. Additionally, low testosterone levels cause many physical symptoms that also affect your mental health as well. But the good news is, it’s treatable with urologic care. Learn about symptoms of low testosterone and urologic care in this article. You can contact us by visiting our clinic or visiting our website at https://www.urologistbrooklyn.com.

Symptoms of low testosterone

While most men notice symptoms of low testosterone some may not notice symptoms of low testosterone as they often overlap with other conditions’ symptoms. Low testosterone causes many symptoms. However, some symptoms may be directly linked to low testosterone while others can be caused by testosterone deficiency. Your doctor helps you understand the underlying cause of your symptoms.

Symptoms that are more closely or directly related to testosterone deficiency (TD) such as:

  • Lower sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Reduced beard growth
  • Obesity
  • Depression symptoms
  • Loss of body hair
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Loss of muscle mass

Symptoms that may or may not be related to TD such as:

  • Poor focus
  • Low energy level, endurance, and physical strength.
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty thinking
  • Difficulty concentration.

Remember, anyone can have symptoms related to TD. You may experience a mix of symptoms, for example, if you feel very tired and sad even when you eat and sleep very well, then you should check your testosterone levels.

Low sexual desire alone doesn’t mean you have testosterone deficiency. If you experience a combination of several above-mentioned symptoms along with some psychological symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression, mood swings, etc. then you should talk with your doctor.

Urologic care

To treat low testosterone levels, urology offers safe and effective testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) through different methods of increasing your testosterone levels in your body and managing your symptoms. The method that seems best for you is to discuss it with your doctor. When you take testosterone replacement therapy, the doctor might order a blood test to determine your testosterone levels to see whether your treatment is working or not.

The different approaches to administering testosterone include:

  • Transdermal (topical): It includes topical gels, creams, liquids, and patches that directly apply to your skin, where testosterone is absorbed by the skin. To make the absorption better you should cover it with an air or water-tight dressing. Follow these steps to apply transdermal TRT to your body.
    • Apply your gels, creams, patches, etc. only on dry skin where there are no cuts or scratches.
    • Don’t wash the area until it’s time to apply the next dose. It usually lasts for 4 days.
    • Wash your hands after applying liquids, gels, and creams.
    • Make sure that other people at home don’t touch or use your medicines.

Besides topical creams, liquids, and gels, patches are less likely to transfer to others.

  • Injection: There are short or long-acting testosterone available given according to your requirement. Short-acting medicine is given under the skin or in the muscle, whereas long-acting medicine is given in the muscle. Injections are usually given weekly, or monthly.
  • Oral/buccal (by mouth): The buccal dose comes in a patch that is placed above your incisor (or canine). The medication may look like a tablet, but you shouldn’t swallow or chew it. The drug will be released over 12 hours, however, it may cause some side effects on the liver, if swallowed. Mostly you may experience headaches or irritation where you place it.
  • Intranasal: This form of testosterone comes in a gel that can be applied on the nostril, as directed. You can take this TRT 3 times a day.
  • Pellets: Pellets are usually implanted under the skin of your upper hip or buttocks where testosterone is slowly absorbed by the skin. Your doctor may give a shot of local anesthesia to numb your skin, then make a small cut and place the pellets inside the fatty tissues underneath your skin. This medication dissolves over time and is released over around 3 to 6 months, depending on the number of pellets used.

You can choose how you want to take your testosterone based on what works for you. In some cases, your insurance provider also helps you decide which testosterone therapies work for your plan. Talk about your choices with your doctor.

In case you experience any side effects of TRT like skin rashes, swelling, pain, hematoma, increase in erythrocytosis, etc., then talk with your doctor to choose other methods that don’t cause those side effects or take medication to manage them.

Low testosterone causes many mental health problems in men like anxiety, depression, stress, mood swings, etc. However, it’s easily manageable with urological care treatments. TRT is one of the best approaches to managing low testosterone levels and its related symptoms. Discuss with your doctor which approach of TRT is better for you and improve your symptoms.

You can schedule an appointment with Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center’s best urologist in Brooklyn and inquire about your concerns. Our specialists will work with you in managing your condition. To schedule an appointment, please visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212 or call 1-347-384-5690. You can also visit our website at https://www.urologistbrooklyn.com/.