Testosterone Replacement Therapy
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Testosterone Replacement Therapy
As men age, hormone levels begin to fluctuate, and many men over the age of 35 see a decrease in testosterone levels. This drop can have physical and emotional side effects, which are treatable through a process called testosterone replacement therapy.

Unfortunately, most men who suffer from sexual or hormone related health issues don’t speak up on the subject. Embarrassed, or worried about what it may mean for their masculinity, thousands of men suffer in silence. In the United States, it is predicted that approximately 1 in every 4 men have low testosterone.

Low testosterone is common, and it’s important to know that you are not alone, and that low-t does not signify a reduction in masculinity. At Men’s Focus, we want to take the stigma away from men’s sexual health, and provide insight and answers about how you can regain some power over these changes.

What is Low Testosterone?
Testosterone is the male sex hormone produced in the testicles; women produce testosterone as well, but not in the same quantities as men. While testosterone is a sex hormone, it controls more than sexual response alone. Testosterone affects bone density, hair growth, lean muscle mass, and even some emotional behaviors. Testosterone is linked to dominant responses, such as aggression and even confidence.

When the body produces less than adequate testosterone levels, this can cause an opposite effect on physical and emotional responses. It’s important to report these changes in physical and emotional wellbeing soon after they occur, as some of them can be signs for a larger problem than low-t alone.
 
What Are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone symptoms include hair loss, weight gain, a decrease in lean muscle mass, subdued emotional responses, and a higher pitched voice. Low testosterone also drastically affects sexual reactions in men. Men who suffer from low testosterone will notice a drop on sexual desire, some men may experience erectile dysfunction, fatigue, low sperm count, and an overall lack of libido.

Some emotional responses to low testosterone include depression, mood swings and irritability, and feelings of self-consciousness. These mental changes can be due to personal feelings regarding physical changes, as well as chemical changes in the brain due to decreased hormone levels.
 
What Causes Low Testosterone?
A condition called hypogonadism causes the male body to produce lower than normal quantities of testosterone. This can occur if the testicles are undescended, underdeveloped, or if there is another medical condition, such as Klinefelter’s syndrome, in place. Too much iron in the blood stream can also cause a decline in hormone gland secretion.

Other medical issues which pose a risk to testosterone secretion include cancer, physical stress during an injury or impact to the testicles, as well as infection. Obesity, age, and lifestyle choices such as drugs and alcohol may also impede hormone production.

If you are currently undergoing treatment for another medical condition, your medication could be affecting your testosterone levels. Before seeking treatment for low-testosterone, be sure to ask your doctor which methods of treatment will be most compatible with your current drug regimen.

What Are the Blood Tests for Low Testosterone?
To determine whether testosterone levels are below average, your physician will order several types of testing to be completed. A total testosterone blood test measures the amount of testosterone connected to proteins, like SHBG (sex-hormone binding globulin) and albumin, in your blood stream. This is important, because lower than normal levels of these proteins can mean more than just low-t, it can sometimes point to other serious conditions, such as testicular cancer.

Prostate-specific antigen tests are also completed to measure certain proteins in your blood stream and make sure they are active. If your doctor treats you for low-testosterone, your PSA levels will be checked repeatedly to determine whether treatment is working, and that levels have begun to rise appropriately.
 
The best time to test testosterone is first thing after waking up in the morning, as no outside factors have had time to impede hormone levels. The average male has a reading of around 670 ng/dL, but anywhere from 300 to 1000 can be normal depending on your physiology. Your doctor will be able to tell what’s normal for you based on your blood tests.

What Are the Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)?
Testosterone replacement therapy has several advantages, including a renewed sex drive, muscle and bone mass, possible hair regrowth, higher levels of energy, greater sperm production, and weight loss. If low-testosterone is found to be the root of an erectile dysfunction, your doctor may prescribe testosterone replacement therapy to rectify the disorder.

There are also mental benefits to testosterone replacement therapy, as it can lessen emotional responses caused by low testosterone, and improve mood and self-confidence regarding physical changes.

What Medications Are Used for Low T?
Low testosterone is treated with testosterone replacement therapy, in which you receive a dose of a testosterone supplement. Testosterone supplements can be administered through various applications, including injection, orally, topically as a gel or patch, or, more recently, as a pellet, which is inserted beneath the skin and distributes testosterone over a period of 3-4 months.

Other medications approved to treat low-testosterone include, Enclomiphene citrate, which is an estrogen receptor modulator, previously used to treat hormone related issues in women. In scientific studies, compared with transdermal testosterone replacement, Enclomiphene citrate offered similar results of boosting total testosterone levels.

If your low testosterone is caused by a medication or other medical issue, your physician will treat the underlying issue first, before offering low-T. While, testosterone replacement therapy is safe when dosed properly, there are risks to consider, which is why your doctor will always provide you with alternative options as well.

 If you are considering testosterone replacement therapy, or are concerned that low-testosterone may be affecting your life, speak to your doctor about the possible treatment options available to you. Men’s Focus is here to help you manage sexual health issues and start living life as the man you want to be, again. Contact us today for more information on low-T, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and any other sexual health disorder you face.