What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Men who have problems with their testes experience have low testosterone levels. This condition is known as hypogonadism and can be quite embarrassing to deal with, leading to low self esteem. Luckily, testosterone replacement therapy can correct the side effects of low testosterone in men, so they can regain a sense of normalcy and improve their overall well-being.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is one of many hormones in the body and is produced in the testicles. It’s responsible for:
- Fat distribution
- Production of red blood cells
- Production of body and facial hair
- Sexual arousal
- Sperm production
- Muscle strength
- Bone density
How is Testosterone Reduced Along With The Growing Age?
Testosterone production typically reaches its highest point during puberty and early adulthood. However, as men age, testosterone levels gradually decline by about 1% per year after the age of 30. If you have low testosterone, you need to see a physician to determine if it’s caused by aging or underlying conditions such as hypogonadism.
What is Hypogonadism?
Hypogonadism impairs the body’s ability to produce an adequate amount of testosterone hormone. This condition can be caused by problems with the testicles or the pituitary gland, which regulates hormone production in the testicles.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone:
- Sexual changes: Decreased libido, fewer erections, and infertility
- Physical changes: Increased body fat, reduced muscle mass and strength, gynecomastia (breast tenderness), loss of body hair, and decreased bone density
- Emotional changes: Decreased motivation, self-confidence, feelings of sadness, depression, and difficulty concentrating
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Methods:
There are many ways to administer testosterone to the body. Some examples are:
- Gel: Testosterone gel is available for topical application, allowing absorption through the skin.
- Injections: Testosterone injections, such as testosterone cypionate (Depo-Testosterone), testosterone enanthate, and testosterone undecanoate (Aveed), are directly administered into the muscle or skin. A healthcare professional can administer these shots typically every 10 weeks.
- Patch: A single testosterone patch is attached to the torso or thighs each night.
- Nasal: Testosterone gel is delivered through nasal pumps into the nostrils.
- Implantable pellets: Testosterone pellets are surgically implanted under the skin, providing a slow release of testosterone over a period of three to six months.
If you have symptoms of low testosterone and want to gain your strength, virility, and confidence back, schedule a consultation with us today.
Have a Look at Common Testosterone Levels for Males Starting From 20 Years of Age: