The Alpine Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, PC
Endocrinology & Diabetes and Obesity Specialists located in Superior, CO
Hormone issues such as low testosterone and PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) can interfere with your energy levels and weight. If you have one of these conditions, Sarah Sato, NP, and Christopher R. Fox, MD, of The Alpine Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, PC in Superior, Colorado, can help. To learn how the team can help you better manage your hormone levels, call the office today, or schedule an appointment online.
Low Testosterone and PCOS Q & A
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is the predominant male sex hormone made mainly in the testicles. Levels of testosterone peak during puberty and young adulthood. Testosterone is responsible for male sex drive, muscle strength and mass, fat distribution, and facial and body hair. As you age, it’s normal for levels to decline by about 1% per year after age 40. In some men, levels of testosterone don’t just gradually decline: They plummet, causing a slew of unpleasant symptoms.
You might suspect you have abnormally low testosterone if you regularly experience:
- Fatigue and poor energy levels
- Loss of body and facial hair
- Diminished muscle mass and fat gain
- Depression, irritability, and difficulty concentrating
- Low libido and erectile dysfunction
Your testosterone levels can easily be checked with a simple blood test.
What is PCOS?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal and metabolic problem often diagnosed in women of child-bearing age. It’s caused by imbalances in your ovaries, and as a result, you may not produce eggs properly or ovulate normally.
Women with PCOS have unusual levels of male hormones, known as androgens. High levels of insulin are also associated with PCOS.
As a result of these hormonal irregularities, you may experience:
- Irregular periods or absence of your period
- Increased hair growth on the chin or face
- Weight gain
- Hair loss that mimics male-pattern baldness
- Skin tags in the neck or armpit area
Women are often first diagnosed with PCOS when they have trouble getting pregnant because the condition can interfere with fertility.
How are low testosterone and PCOS treated?
Low testosterone levels can be addressed with replacement hormones administered via injection.
PCOS has no cure, but it can be managed. Lifestyle changes can minimize symptoms. Birth control pills or other hormones offer regulation of your cycle. For those looking to get pregnant, many fertility treatments are quite successful in helping women with PCOS go on to have a healthy baby.
If you’re ready to feel better and not allow testosterone or PCOS to ruin your quality of life, contact The Alpine Center for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, PC today. Call the office for an appointment, or use the online tool to schedule.