Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone is a natural hormone responsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for maintenance of other sexual characteristics. Testosterone also has significant Neuropsychiatric effects. Low testosterone levels, also know as hypogonadism or Low T, becomes increasingly more common as men increase in age, and in the last several years men at a younger age are more at risk for unknown reasons.

Symptoms of low testosterone levels often consist of:

  • Decreased Erectile Function and Decreased Libido
  • Dysphoric Mood
  • Decreased Concentration/Focus
  • Generalized Loss of Motivation
  • Reduced Energy
  • Decreased Lean Muscle Mass

These symptoms are often confused with depressive illnesses. People are often more familiar with the role of hormones and mood in women, but this is often overlooked in men. Testosterone Replacement Therapy may help to improve these symptoms when used appropriately.

Men who have a history of prostate or breast cancer, uncontrolled sleep apnea, heart failure or those who have had difficulty conceiving children and are still wishing to retain fertility are not candidates for testosterone replacement.


Genetic Testing

What is Genomind?

This is a non-invasive test that looks at the genes that may affect your body’s ability to benefit from psychiatric medications and other treatments. “Personalized medicine” is a somewhat new medical model that uses patient specific information, such as your own genetic makeup (or genotype) in order to enable an individualized approach to treatment. For example, up to half of all patients respond poorly to the first psychiatric medicine they try. This may in part be due to poor or even too rapid metabolization of the prescribed drug. Genomind gives your doctor information regarding your body’s ability to utilize certain medications and vitamins that when absent make treatment of psychiatric disorder more difficult.


How does this help?

Genomind’s genetic test looks at 24 key genes that are associated with mental health. This can help your clinician to understand if a drug may work for you before you even try it. With this information, along with your medical history, your clinician can make a more informed treatment decision. We often utilize this test when previous treatments have failed to produce adequate results.

What does the process look like?

The test is non-invasive and only a small sample of your saliva, collected by swabbing the inside of your cheek with a cotton swab is used. Test results are reported back to our office in 3-5 days after your sample is received at the laboratory.


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