Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)When men have low testosterone levels (Low-T), this can throw off their health and overall well-being in many different ways. If you ( as a man or as a woman) are experiencing out of the ordinary symptoms such as weight gain, low libido, hair loss, depression, or low self-esteem, muscle loss, reduced muscle strength, you may have low testosterone levels. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is an easy and effective treatment solution to help with symptoms for a healthier and more confident you. Our team will work closely with you to create an individualized treatment plan to help address your low testosterone levels.
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?Both men and women have hormones that impact their health in major ways. Testosterone is a hormone produced in men that helps to maintain many bodily functions, including the distribution of fat, muscle mass and strength, bone density, sex drive, sperm production, body and facial hair growth, and the production of red blood cells. It usually peaks in males during adolescence and early adulthood, and gradually declines as you age. It is important to determine if low testosterone levels in men are caused by the normal aging process or a disease such as hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is disease caused by a failure of the testes to function properly and hence inhibit or undermine their normal production of testosterone. While their treatment is the same, hypogonadism can be more difficult to treat.
Who Would Need Testosterone Replacement Therapy?Low testosterone levels may cause a number of symptoms, including:
• Physical changes such as increased body fat, decreased bone density, body hair loss, and swollen or tender breasts.
• Changes in sexual function such as reduced libido and infertility.
• Emotional changes such as depression, trouble concentrating, foggy thinking, reduced daily energy, low self-esteem, and decreased motivation.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, testosterone replacement therapy may be able to help. A blood test is required to first diagnose a low testosterone level before administering treatment.
You might or might not be a good candidate for this treatment if you have prostate cancer, sleep apnea, a history of blood clots, or congestive heart failure. These conditions require a more aggressive workup and may create certain additional risks not usually considered by individuals who do not surfer these conditions. To learn if you are a good candidate for TRT treatments, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
What to Expect During Testosterone Replacement Therapy?Testosterone replacement therapy can be administered in many forms. These include skin patches, gels, mouth patches, injections, and implants. While oral testosterone pills are available, it is believed that these may have a negative impact on the liver, so we do not recommend them. We will work with you to determine which form of TRT is best for you. Once you begin testosterone replacement therapy, your process will be monitored to ensure that the hormones are working correctly. Many men report an improvement in their sex drive and energy levels, as well as greater muscle mass and improved mood.
Schedule Your ConsultationIf you would like to learn more about testosterone replacement therapy to help balance your hormone levels and minimize symptoms, contact our office today! Your first step will be to schedule a consultation appointment, during which our team will work with you to determine the best treatment option for you.
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