Low testosterone treatment can help improve quality of life and reduce or delay the symptoms of aging, known as andropause – the male version of menopause. In men, testosterone levels begin to decline after the age of 30 by about 1% per year. Some men will have even more rapid decline in their testosterone levels.
By the age of 40, many men begin to experience symptoms of low testosterone. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have low testosterone:
Low or reduced libido
Erectile dysfunction or decreased sexual performance
If you have any of the symptoms of low testosterone it is important to have your testosterone levels checked. You only need to have 1 or 2 of the symptoms for us to suspect your testosterone levels have declined. If you have none of the symptoms it is unlikely you have low testosterone but keep in mind that everything is relative.
For example, if you think your sex drive is good but it is less than when you were 25 years old then you do have a reduced libido. The decline in testosterone can be so insidious, occurring slowly over time, that you may barely notice the decline in your quality of life until it becomes so severe that it creates other problems in your life.
At our clinic we typically do a screening test by checking the total level of testosterone in your blood. The total testosterone level can sometimes be misleading as most of the testosterone in your body is bound to proteins floating in your blood. These little proteins (ie. sex hormone binding globulin) carry your testosterone around in your body to target cells (ie. muscles and brain). Unfortunately, as you age the proteins that bind testosterone will likely increase and cause your testosterone to become less available to have affects in your body. It just gets too bound up.
There is a way to measure the unbound, or “free”, portion of testosterone in your body. This is a more complicated test but can be done. This often explains why patients who have been told their testosterone level is “normal” still have many of the symptoms of low testosterone.
First Visit – Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
Now that you’ve scheduled your appointment and verified your insurance, here is what you can expect at your first visit. If you still need to schedule your appointment and verify your insurance you can do that here: Verify My Insurance | Schedule Online
Tell Us About Yourself
During your first visit we’ll review your medical history and current concerns and symptoms. We need to know all your current medications. It takes about 15 minutes to fill out your initial intake paperwork during your fist visit. We also want to learn about your goals with and expectations from testosterone therapy. Take the Low T Quiz
Remember! Please bring a list of your medications to your first visit.
Meet with a REVIVE Doctor
You’ll meet with one of our doctors. He’ll sit down with you and review your medical history and lab results (ie. testosterone level) and ask you some focused questions related to your health concerns and goals. Your doctor at REVIVE will do some physical exams, such listening to your heart and lungs.
It is always our goal to find the cause of your low testosterone. Low testosterone is often a result of aging.
We will do a blood draw during your first visit. If you’re testosterone is less than 350 ng/dL you’ll have the option to begin receiving testosterone injections. This is only the beginning. Your testosterone therapy doctor at REVIVE Low T Clinic will fine tune your treatment over time to balance your testosterone and estrogen levels.
At your next visit we’ll review your lab results with you. This baseline information is important. We will continue to fine tune your treatment over the next months until your lab results are optimal and you’re feeling the benefits of testosterone therapy.
Patients with current or past prostate cancer will require their urologist’s approval before beginning testosterone therapy.
Most men receiving testosterone therapy at REVIVE Low T Clinic do weekly testosterone injections. This helps keep your testosterone levels more balanced. Also, we check blood levels of estrogen, testosterone, PSA, and others such as complete blood cell count and liver function tests on a regular basis. This helps us fine your treatment and decrease the risks of side effects.
Safety first! We check your blood pressure and pulse at every visit!
We Accept Most Major Insurance Plans
REVIVE Low T Clinic physicians are preferred providers for most major health insurance plans in Washington.