The Fountain of Youth: How some men are fighting to keep their edge

Posted at 7:05 AM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-12 07:05:44-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - A growing number of men are being diagnosed with a low testosterone disorder. And for one Virginia Beach man, he at first didn't know what to think.

Rob Pittman was confused because he says there were a number of things bothering him. For example, his energy level?

"It was horrible!"

And that wasn't all, Rob said.

"I was depressed. I got depressed. My family saw it."

Plus, he admits his sex drive had tanked.

Finally, Rob went and talked with Dr. Trey Brugh with Urology of Virginia.

"The most common thing guys will say, I just want my edge back," says Dr. Brugh.

So is this condition like male menopause?

"So yes, it is. People think of it like that and it happens as men age," says Dr. Brugh.

But there are treatments that don't involve Viagra or Cialis, and Rob says it's working.

"I feel like the guy I used to be when I was in my 40s and 50s."

And he stresses the sex drive has returned.

"Yes sir! Sometimes too much!" Rob says jokingly.

But sometimes there are side effects with serious consequences.

What exactly is a "Low T" disorder? What is the treatment? And is that treatment really the "Fountain of Youth" some men say it is?

A NewsChannel 3 special report airs tonight on NewsChannel 3 at 11.