Testosterone: An Overview



If you have visited our site before, you’re probably more aware of testosterone’s role in our body’s functioning than most. It is known as a male hormone due to its function of promoting sexual development in the gender, but it’s also an integral part of life in both sexes. Here at My Ailment Wellness, we are well versed in problems with testosterone and how to treat them with testosterone injections. Here, we’d like to go over just what testosterone is and how it affects your body.

Testosterone Production

Testosterone is developed by different organs for the most part in men and women. In men, it is mostly produced in the testicles after a child hits puberty. In women, testosterone is primarily produced in the ovaries. In both men and women, testosterone is also produced in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands.

In both men and women, testosterone levels are controlled by the pituitary gland, an organ beneath the brain that produces hormones to help control many different body processes. During puberty, when testosterone production is activated by the pituitary gland, boys start to develop larger muscles, produce sperm, and grow facial and body hair. The role of this chemical goes far beyond puberty in men, regulating brain states, bone and muscle mass, fat production and distribution, vascular efficiency, sexual functioning and more in both sexes.

Testosterone is known as an androgen, which means that it promotes the growth of primary and secondary male characteristics in human beings. That includes not just the growth of male genitalia, but even aggressive and sexual behavior. In men, testosterone levels generally increase steadily until about the age of 40 when they are highest. After that, testosterone levels in men typically start to lower.

Low Testosterone Issues

In children that haven’t yet reached puberty, low testosterone levels can be problematic when they inhibit growth. Another problem with low testosterone in boys hitting puberty is that they may develop disproportionate growth spurts, where limbs and torso grow at different intervals, causing problems with physical strength and endurance.

In adults, low levels of testosterone can cause loss of body hair, wrinkling of the skin, increased body fat, lower sexual performance, and mood swings.

High Testosterone Issues

For men, there is rarely ever a problem with having too much natural testosterone. However, artificial raises in testosterone like from the use of anabolic steroids can create a wide array of harmful symptoms, including shrinking of testes, infertility, breast growth, decreased sex drive, increased mood swings, and more.

If you think you may be suffering from low testosterone, the first course of action should be to talk to your doctor. There is no perfect set of criteria for when someone can benefit from testosterone injections, however as you age decreases in the chemicals are unavoidable. Here at My Ailment Wellness Center, we offer testosterone injections in Fredericksberg, Arlington, and Alexandria. If you have any questions about this service, please don’t hesitate to give one of our friendly representatives a call today. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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