Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Right for You?

In Testosterone by Optimal Health MD

Qualifying for Low T Therapy

Many adult aging men with low testosterone report improved energy levels, increase in sex drive, weight loss, and enhanced mood after a regimen of testosterone treatment. If your testosterone is low, you need to replace it. A low testosterone level may indicate a need for treatment. Testosterone replacement therapy has very few side effects in otherwise healthy adult men, and the benefits can be enormous for a man suffering from Low T. If you have symptoms of low testosterone and your blood levels confirm Low T is causing your symptoms, you should consider testosterone replacement. Talking with a Hormone Replacement Doctor who specializes in testosterone replacement is the best way to know if testosterone therapy is right for you.

Low Testosterone? Get Personalized Treatment for Your Condition

Testosterone levels naturally decline in men as they age over time and symptoms may appear gradually. Take a low T blood test to find out if your symptoms are caused by a testosterone deficiency. If your hormone level test shows you have a low testosterone level, your doctor may suggest testosterone treatment in the form of injections, gel, cream, patch, or pellet. There are millions of men across the USA who have low testosterone levels but don’t get their symptoms checked and get no treatment for low T. 

Low T Therapy Options

Forms of Testosterone Treatment

Testosterone Replacement Therapy is available in a variety of forms and delivery methods. All of these methods can help boost your testosterone levels:

  • Testosterone Dermal Patches (transdermal): Androderm® and Testoderm® is a skin patch worn on the arm or upper body. It’s applied once a day.
  • Testosterone Gels: AndroGel® and Testim® come in packets of clear testosterone gel. Testosterone is absorbed directly through the skin when you apply the gel once a day. AndroGel, Axiron, and Fortesta also come in a pump that delivers the amount of testosterone prescribed by your doctor.
  • Testosterone Adhesive Gum: Striant® is a tablet that sticks to the upper gums above the incisor, the tooth just to the right or left of the two front teeth. Applied twice a day, it continuously releases testosterone into the blood through the oral tissues.
  • Testosterone Injections: (Highly Effective TRT): Testosterone can also be injected directly into the muscles (intramuscular injection). Common brans include Pfizer® Depo-Testosterone®,  or Sandoz® Testosterone. 
  • Testosterone Pellets: Testosterone can be implanted as pellets in the soft tissues, usually the buttocks. Your body slowly absorbs the testosterone into your bloodstream in a balanced, steady way.
  • Testosterone Pills: Oral testosterone is available but many male hormone physicians believe oral testosterone can have negative effects on the liver. Using other methods, such as injections, dermal skin patches, gels, oral gums that disintegrating slowly, or pellets bypass the liver and gets testosterone into the blood directly. 

Benefits of Testosterone Therapy

What can you expect from boosting your testosterone levels with testosterone treatment? 

Many men taking testosterone report improvements in energy level, sex drive, frequency of sex, quality of sperm, and quality of erections. Testosterone also increases lean muscle mass, bone density, helps decrease fatty adipose tissue to lose weight and get back in shape, boosts stamina and endurance, and enhances mood and sense of well-being.

Importantly, men experience improvement in their professional and intimate relationships due to a restoration of their desire and enthusiasm for daily living, and their mood improves from testosterone replacement. Find a hormone doctor that specializes in testosterone deficiency, get tested, and get treatment. We believe you will be ecstatic about your body’s positive response to testosterone therapy. If you think your androgen levels are low and causing symptoms, get tested for Low T.

Testosterone and Anti-Aging

Men’s Aging and Testosterone

As men age and testosterone and HGH levels decline, sexual desire decreases and men can experience symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction like weak or soft erections, loss of spontaneous erections, loss of intimacy and pleasure having sex. Testosterone is essential to firm, hard erections and low levels of male sex hormone can have a direct negative impact on a marriage or personal relationship. HGH plays a role along with testosterone in creating desire and feelings of intimacy. Both hormones help men maintain strong hard muscle, distribute fat properly throughout the body, and keep hair and skin youthful looking. If you think you may have a hormone deficiency or imbalance, get tested, diagnosed, and consider getting prescribed testosterone as part of a medically supervised TRT program.

Testosterone and Human Growth Hormone

Men’s Aging and Using HGH Therapy with Testosterone

During Andropause, men low in testosterone may also be low in Human Growth Hormone. HGH works together in a man’s body to build muscle mass, provide energy, stamina, endurance, and strength. Men taking both HGH and Testosterone find an even greater increase in sex drive, ability to exercise, burn fat and lose weight, and feel more motivated and energized. 

IMPORTANT TESTOSTERONE TREATMENT WARNING: Who Should Not Enroll in Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

Men who have or had prostate cancer or breast cancer should not take testosterone replacement therapy. All men considering testosterone replacement therapy should undergo a thorough prostate cancer screening with a rectal exam and PSA test prior to starting any testosterone therapy. Men who have or have had cardiovascular disease, or are at risk for coronary disease, or have had a history of heart disease, may not be candidates for testosterone treatment. Blood testing, thorough physical examination, and careful screening by your doctor is essential before considering a testosterone therapy program of any kind.

Testosterone Drug Safety

At this time, the FDA has not concluded that FDA-approved testosterone treatment increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death. Patients should not stop taking prescribed testosterone products without first discussing any questions or concerns with their health care professionals. Health care professionals should consider whether the benefits of FDA-approved testosterone treatment are likely to exceed the potential risks of treatment. The prescribing information in the drug labels of FDA-approved testosterone products should be followed.