Reducing the Effects of Low-T with Alternatives to Testosterone Therapy

Noble McIntyre on March 25, 2014

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In part I and part II of our three-part series on hypogonadism (Low-T), or low testosterone, we discussed the risks and benefits to testosterone therapy.

Because testosterone therapy is known to have specific associated risks, it’s important to know that if you’re suffering from symptoms of Low-T, there may be other options. Please bear in mind that the following is not medical advice and that before using this or any medication or treatment, you must consult your physician or other medical provider.

You may have heard of Clomid (Clomiphene) as used by women to aid fertility. However, Clomid has been shown to have benefits to men, too, in boosting testosterone levels. Generally, a diagnosis of hypogonadism is based on the effects of aging that cause a man’s testes to produce less testosterone. It is also the case, though, that Low-T can be caused by changes in the pituitary gland or hypothalamus. When this happens, it can be a result of depression or anxiety, head trauma, too much iron, anabolic steroid overdose, diabetes, sleep deprivation or as an effect of some medications. Clomid can stimulate the body’s own capacity to make testosterone and fortify the testicles. The way Clomid works in men is to stimulate the pituitary gland (in the brain), which controls production of two hormones: follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). Modest doses of Clomid have been shown to raise men’s testosterone levels without impairing testicular function. For a younger man who is suffering from Low-T but who wants to father children, Clomid can increase sperm production and quality. Even for older men who aren’t looking for fertility help, Clomid can reduce the effects of Low-T without all of the harmful side-effects associated with testosterone therapy.

Some physicians have suggested that there may be another cause of hypogonadism — one that can be treated without Clomid or testosterone therapy. According to Harry Fisch, MD, one in five men has varicocele, a scrotum abnormality that is actually a bundle of enlarged veins. This happens because of defects in tiny valves that keep blood moving in the veins that drain from the testicles. The good news is that varicocele does not interfere with organsm or ejaculation; the bad news is that most men don’t realize that they have the condition until it becomes large enough to be noticeable, at which time it could already be interfering with testosterone levels. The better news is that if you suspect that you might have varicocele, it can be easily detected with a non-invasive exam by a urologist. There are a few surgical fixes for this condition and a urologist can advise as to which method is best based on your particular situation.

In essence, this common problem can be easily remedied without the use of testosterone therapy and can reverse some of the effects of Low-T.

Again, if you think you’re experiencing Low-T and are interested in trying either testosterone therapy or an alternative treatment, it’s crucial that you speak with your health care provider. If you have already undergone treatment for Low-T and you believe that you’ve suffered harm as a result, call us. We can help get you the compensation you deserve.

Noble McIntyre

Noble McIntyre is the senior partner and owner of McIntyre Law who focuses primarily on drug litigation and catastrophic injury cases. He is currently representing clients injured by the drugs Paxil, Levaquin and testosterone therapy drugs and by clients affected by oil field injuries. His goal has and continues to be to work diligently on behalf of his clients to achieve the highest and best result for his clients’ injuries while maintaining professionalism and abiding by all ethical standards of his profession. Read more about Noble McIntyre.

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