As men age, it is normal for testosterone levels to drop. However, ED symptoms can worsen when these levels drop too low. If we suspect hormonal issues are the culprit, Oakwood Health will order tests and prescribe HRT as required.
Hormone testing involves a simple blood test. Symptoms of ED often worsen when a man’s testosterone level (T level) drops too low, and Oakwood Health can order a hormone test if low testosterone is suspected. If a hormone test does show low T levels, HRT can be an effective treatment.
A decrease in testosterone levels is a natural part of aging and sometimes a sign of other underlying health conditions such as ED. A man’s T levels generally start to drop by at least 1 percent each year after he turns 40. Men of any age can experience low testosterone, mainly if they are overweight. It’s also normal for T levels to fluctuate throughout a man’s life.
While ED is a condition that often affects men with low T levels, other symptoms can indicate that testosterone levels have decreased below normal, and a treatment plan gets recommended. These symptoms include:
Certain medications or steroids can artificially affect a man’s natural testosterone production. Before taking a hormone test, a man may be asked to stop taking these drugs or steroids. If low T levels are occurring naturally, HRT can get prescribed as a treatment method.
HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is a standard treatment for low T levels. HRT works to increase testosterone levels to normal levels within a man’s body, and HRT can have positive effects on many symptoms of low testosterone, including erectile dysfunction. Men can also contribute to the success of their HRT treatment with healthy lifestyle changes like moderate exercise or better eating habits.
We operate clinics in Toronto, Oakville, Port Credit and Brampton. You can set up an appointment with us and will evaluate if Hormone Testing is needed based on your personal history.