A Private Medical Practice located in Upper West Side, New York, NY
A low sex drive, loss of muscle mass, and difficulty concentrating are signs of low testosterone, a common problem with men’s health. If you’re concerned about age-related issues or any aspect of your health, Lionel Bissoon, DO, at Liondale Medical on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City specializes in creating customized treatments that restore your energy, boosts your sex drive, and balances your hormones. If you have questions about your symptoms or you’d like to schedule an appointment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Men's Health Q & A
What should I expect from a men’s health program?
Dr. Bissoon specializes in helping men restore optimal health, improve metabolic function, and optimize hormones to address age-related physical, mental, and sexual problems.
When you go in for your initial consultation, Dr. Bissoon reviews your medical history, performs a physical exam, and runs tests to determine your hormone and nutrient levels. Once your results are back, Dr. Bissoon develops a customized treatment regimen that may include exercise, weight loss, nutritional counseling, and treatment for low testosterone.
What causes low testosterone?
Even if you’re in good health, your testosterone levels decline by about 2% every year after the age of 30. Testosterone levels are also affected by health problems, genetics, and lifestyle factors.
For example, being overweight is a significant risk factor for low testosterone. It’s estimated that every one-point increase in your BMI causes a 2% drop in testosterone.
You may also develop hypogonadism, a condition in which your testicles don’t produce the normal amount of testosterone. Hypogonadism is caused by many health conditions, including high levels of iron, testicular injury, metabolic syndrome, and pituitary disorders.
What symptoms develop when a man has low testosterone?
Low testosterone causes symptoms such as:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Weight gain
- Depression and anxiety
- Difficulty concentrating
- Loss of bone density
- Loss of body and beard hair
- Loss of muscle mass and strength
Low libido is often multifactorial, so there are numerous causes and treatment options for a low sex drive.
How is low testosterone treated?
Dr. Bissoon never takes a one-size-fits-all approach to low testosterone treatment. He uses laboratory testing and your symptoms to determine the best option for restoring your testosterone levels:
Testosterone replacement therapy
If you receive testosterone replacement therapy, your medication is available in topical creams and gels, self-administered injections, and pellets. Pellets are implanted beneath your skin, where they release testosterone for five to six months.
HCG therapy for men
Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) treats low testosterone by activating the pituitary gland, which in turn stimulates testosterone production in your testicles. HCG may be the best option if your low testosterone is due to an under-functioning pituitary gland, or when you have the symptoms of low testosterone but your blood tests show you have normal levels.
Clomid is used to treat infertility in women, but it’s prescribed off-label to increase testosterone levels in men.
If your sex drive has declined or you experience other symptoms of low testosterone, call Liondale Medical or schedule an appointment online.