Hypogonadism (or commonly known as Low Testosterone Level), is slowly gaining more recognition as an important entity affecting men. It is characterized by the low circulating free testosterone hormone in the male body, thus causing a multitude of symptoms as follow:
To diagnose, one need to have:
A simple diagnostic tool is available to screen for symptoms of low testosterone level:
It is important to exclude other conditions that can mimic low testosterone level such as hypothyroidism and depression.
What are the risk factors for low testosterone level?
Treatment is readily available and is safe! Testosterone replacement does not make one manlier (and hence not indicated as sports performance enhancer). It is meant to restore the quality of life a man has lost as a result of the low testosterone level.
Replacement comes in few forms:
Each type of treatment has its benefits and disadvantages. Do speak to your doctor with regards to the advantages and disadvantages of each mode of treatment.
While on replacement, one needs to go through regular blood tests to monitor the testosterone level, blood count and prostate cancer markers (1 to 2 times a year)
Testosterone replacement is SAFE and DOES NOT increase the risk of prostate cancer in men.
Testosterone replacement however should not be used in the following groups:
If you have symptoms suggestive of low testosterone level, do make an appointment with Phoenix Medical Group in either of these branches:
1 Seletar Road #02-11
Greenwich V S807011
4 Hillview Rise #02-20
Hill V2 S667979
60 Paya Lebar Road #02-09
Paya Lebar Square S409051