Men's Health Specialist

Front Range Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Aesthetics Specialists located in Colorado Springs, CO

If you’re like most men, you’re probably not taking as good care of yourself as you should. Men are more likely than women to put off regular checkups and medical care. If it’s been a while since your last checkup or you’re not feeling yourself, it may be low testosterone or some other treatable health condition. Call Front Range Family Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to set up an exam, or make an appointment online.

Men's Health Q&A

What are the most common health concerns for men?

Men are more likely than women to take part in unhealthy lifestyle habits like drinking too much and smoking. Additionally, there are conditions that only affect men such as prostate cancer and low testosterone.

The top two causes of death among adult men are heart disease and cancer. Getting regular checkups and screenings can help you prevent or detect these and other diseases early, when they’re easier to treat.

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is the male sex hormone. It plays an important role in many male functions such as sex drive regulation, muscle mass, bone mass, fat distribution, and sperm production. It’s also responsible for facial, pubic, and body hair.

What is low testosterone?

Low testosterone, also called hypogonadism or low T, happens with aging. As men get older, testosterone production slows down. About 40% of men over age 45 have low testosterone. Men with low testosterone levels may experience:

  • Low sex drive
  • Poor erections
  • Increased body fat
  • Low energy
  • Flabby muscles
  • Depression

What causes low testosterone?

In addition to age, there are other factors that can affect your testosterone production. These factors include:

  • Testicular injury
  • Some medications
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Being overweight
  • Some chronic diseases

How is low testosterone diagnosed?

At Front Range Family Medicine, our providers conduct a physical exam, medical history, and blood test. Depending on your results, more tests may be done to rule out other conditions or to pinpoint the cause of your low testosterone.

How is low testosterone treated?

The providers at Front Range Family Medicine work with you to develop a testosterone replacement therapy program that fits your lifestyle. Testosterone replacement comes in several forms, including:

  • Gel or patches
  • Tablets
  • Injections
  • Pellets

What should I expect after testosterone replacement therapy?

After treatment, you should start seeing an improvement in your energy levels, sex drive, muscle mass, erections, and mood.

Potential side effects include acne, breast swelling or soreness, smaller testicles, and infertility. You should not use testosterone replacement therapy if you’re trying to get your partner pregnant.