Finding a doctor for men who knows how to treat low testosterone may take a bit of work.
Once you decide that your testosterone level may be low and you want to have it tested, you will need to find a doctor who is knowledgeable about andropause symptoms and the issues associated with low testosterone levels and aging. In some cases, your family doctor may be able to help you. A better bet might be to ask your doctor for a referral to an urologist, who may have more up-to-date knowledge in this area.
Ask for an initial appointment to become acquainted with the doctor
An alternative is to find an urologist on your own. If you go this route, make sure that the doctor is board-certified in urology and don't be afraid to ask for an initial appointment just to become acquainted with him or her.
During this initial visit, you will want to ask the doctor these questions:
- What kind of specialty training has the doctor undergone?
- Is the doctor familiar with andropause as a syndrome?
- Has the doctor been prescribing testosterone supplements to men with your symptoms?
- How often per year does the doctor attend conferences and medical training sessions?
- Is the doctor involved in any kind of clinical research? (Usually, a doctor who is involved in clinical research will be familiar with cutting-edge developments in the field of urology.)
It is also important that you feel comfortable with your doctor since you may be involved in an ongoing, long-term testosterone treatment program. This initial visit will help you decide if there is a good "fit" between the doctor's personality and your own.
Databases to help you find a doctor familiar with testosterone treatment
The American Urology Association also has an online Find a Urologist database where you can search for a board-certified doctor in your area.
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Posted February 2004
Updated February 2013