- in Testosterone
- on August 16, 2019
The Endocrine System
Each part of your body from your brain to your skin, your heart, your kidneys, and your muscles has a specific job. They take direction from your endocrine system to get the work done. The glands of the endocrine system send out hormones that tell each part of your body what work to do, when to do it, and for how long. Hormones are vital to your health and well-being
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs to help them do their work. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes, including:
- Growth and development
- Metabolism – how your body gets energy from the foods you eat
- Sexual function
Sometimes hormones get out of balance. That can lead to problems like diabetes, weight gain or loss, infertility, weak bones, and other problems. If you have a hormone-related condition, the best thing to do is to talk to your doctor or an endocrinologist, a specialist in hormones, who will help you get your body back in balance.
The endocrine system plays a critical role in human reproduction and sexuality. In men, the testes (testicles) produce testosterone, a hormone that brings about the physical changes that transform a boy into an adult male. Throughout life, testosterone helps maintain muscle and bone mass, sperm production, and sex drive. Women’s ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone, hormones responsible for female development and maintaining pregnancy.
Important reproductive health issues in men include:
- Prostate concerns, including enlarged prostate and prostate cancer
- Male hypogonadism—effects (symptoms) of low testosterone and consistently lower than normal levels of testosterone in the blood
- Male infertility—inability to produce sperm adequate for reproduction
- Erectile dysfunction—inability to get or keep an erection from enough for sexual intercourse
- Decreased libido—reduced sexual desire or interest
If you have a reproductive health problem, the first step towards resolving it is getting an accurate diagnosis. For that, you should consult a medical specialist such as an endocrinologist who is an expert in reproductive problems. After a diagnosis, your doctor will describe your treatment options. Many problems can be managed with the use of hormone therapy. This section will discuss the different reproductive health issues in men, and help you navigate the next steps towards getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
If you are looking for a team that knows men’s hormones, we are your group. Being a primary care clinic that specializes in testosterone treatment T Off Your Health has what you need to support your whole health. To make an appointment at our Dallas, Fort Worth or Keller locations call 817-345-0303.
EDITOR(S): Bradley Anawalt, M.D., Caroline Davidge-Pitts, MBBCH, Alvin Matsumoto, M.D.