Testosterone Replacement TherapyEffective Treatments for ED, Low-T, and Premature Issues.
To diagnose this problem, your doctor will check other detailed conditions apart from normal signs and symptoms. You will be required to disclose your health history information such as your experience as you approached puberty, history of head trauma, head surgery or brain tumor, whether you have had injuries or infection to your testicles, past or present use of anabolic steroids, among others.
Your doctor will also conduct various physical examinations to examine the following: Waist circumference for obesity, the presence of the testicles and whether they are the correct size, metabolic syndrome, volume and pattern of your hair, prostate size and other unusual signs.
You may also be required to carry out the following blood tests: Total testosterone levels, luteinizing hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, estrogen levels to assist in identifying the cause of the low-T level, prolactin level to help identify the possibility of pituitary problems or tumors and hemoglobin testing.
For more diagnosis, your doctors can carry out the following tests: Follicle-stimulating hormone, a test that assists in determining sperm-making function; estradiol hormone, which is done if you are developing breast tissue, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which is done on the pituitary gland, bone tests and chromosomes tests.
If clinical and laboratory tests show testosterone deficiency, your doctor may recommend TRT. Men who have prostate cancer or breast cancer should not take testosterone replacement therapy.
As men age, production of hormones such as testosterone from glands is less than what was produced when they were younger. This is a normal process and in some cases has no effect on sexual health or daily functioning. Typically, as men age they are used to living life at a slower and lower pace than what might be possible if their hormone levels were properly corrected and adjusted.
Low testosterone in men may be a result of either natural or external factors. Some men have inborn conditions that cause testosterone deficiency, such as:
Some of the external factors that may cause low levels in men include:
When men have low levels of testosterone below what is required, they will develop a range of signs which include:
1. Reduced Libido – If testosterone production drops below normal, men start experiencing a significant decline in sex drive since testosterone plays a vital role in enhancing libido.
2. Erectile dysfunction – Men with reduced desire to have sex also have challenges with maintaining an erection. Testosterone is not responsible for erection, but it causes receptors in the brain to manufacture nitric oxide. Production of nitric oxide activates a series of chemical reactions responsible for an erection to occur.
3. Decrease in Semen Production producing infertility – Semen is the whitish fluid that helps in the movement of sperm in the body. Testosterone plays a critical function in the production of semen. Therefore, a drastic decrease in Testosterone below the expected levels leads to low semen volume.
4. Hair Loss – At Puberty, young boys start developing facial and body hair growth. However, as they age, they may experience a reduction in hair volume, including balding, due to a decrease in testosterone levels, since it is responsible for hair production.
5. Reduced Muscle Mass – Testosterone contributes significantly to the growth of muscles. Low testosterone in men means a drastic loss of muscle mass, but it doesn’t affect the muscles’ function.
6. Increased Body Fat – Men with reduced testosterone have higher chances of gaining excess fats in the body. Also, they may start developing breast tissues due to hormonal imbalance, particularly the imbalance between testosterone and estrogen in men.
7. Loss of Bone Mass, Osteoporosis – Reduction in bone mass is a condition linked to women. This condition, however, can be experienced by men with low levels of testosterone since it helps in the production and strengthening of bones. Therefore, older men have a decreased bone mass and are more susceptible to bone fractures.
The progressive decrease in testosterone doesn’t cause conspicuous symptoms, but a considerable drop in testosterone levels may do so. Apart from age, low testosterone in men can be a result of a medical condition. In men it leads to reduced libido and erectile dysfunction. Therefore, men with low testosterone can consider boosting their levels by undergoing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
TRT, also known as Androgen replacement therapy, is a form of hormone treatment that involves the restoration of testosterone to reverse the effects of male hypogonadism. Hypogonadism occurs as a result of low testosterone production by the testes.
TRT is also used to balance abnormal testosterone levels brought by autoimmune conditions, genetic disorders, undescended testicles, sex organ surgeries, radiation therapy for cancer, among others.
TRT is essential since it helps to minimize the impacts or delay the genesis of normal male aging. TRT is applied in men who have lost the potential to produce testosterone due to diseases or other treatments.
TRT is administered in several ways depending on the complexity of your problem. Some methods may require the administration to be carried daily, while others may need to be performed weekly or monthly.
Some TRT methods include Oral medications, transdermal patches, topical creams, among others. Another method of TRT is rubbing testosterone on your arms daily.
In most cases, men with low testosterone tend to purchase TRT supplements from vitamin and herbal stores instead of seeking medical attention. However, it is paramount to understand that you cannot use TRT supplements without a doctor’s legal prescription and direction.
If you are contemplating undergoing TRT, it is imperative to understand what to anticipate before and after treatment. Below are some guidelines:
Before TRT Treatment
The doctor will be required to do a thorough medical check-up to evaluate your overall health. Some of the usual tests that may be conducted include A bone-density scan, prostate cancer testing, sleep apnea evaluation and the level of the red blood cells in your body, commonly known as Hemoglobin and Hematocrit measurement.
TRT is highly discouraged to Patients with red blood cells above 54 percent, a remarkably enlarged prostate, history of prostate cancer or those undergoing prostate cancer treatment, uncontrolled heart failure.
Your hormone levels will start to improve. The hormonal balance will be accompanied by several positives changes in your body which include: A surge in your libido, growth in the muscle mass, improved capacity to build muscle easily, a rise in energy levels and enhanced mood.
While treatment can enhance a person’s quality of life we must also support our patients for their over all healthcare. At Iron Mountain Men’s Health, we regularly monitor your hormone levels in your blood closely. This helps to limit side effects and allows us to adjust the levels efficiently.
There is an increased risk of a worsening of prostate-related issues such as prostate cancer and benign prostatic hyperplasia(BPH), changes in red blood cell level, cholesterol level, hormone levels, and PSA level, hair loss, mood changes, breast growth, testicular shrinkage, decreased sperm count, acne, worsening of sleep apnea.
Treatment may or may not increase the risk of heart attack and death in those with or without heart disease. The FDA requires that testosterone replacement products carry a warning about the risk of blood clots in veins.
The treatment for low testosterone via TRT is available in oral, topical and injectable forms. Not all options are appropriate for everyone. At Iron Mountain Men’s Health we will customize a treatment plan that fits your needs
Yes, it can inhibit sexual function, and sex drive and can effect men in other ways including erectile dysfunction
At Iron Mountain Men’s Health we will analyze your hormone levels and determine if certain treatments might restore your virility as well as ensuring this is a safe option for you. In many cases, optimizing your testosterone and other hormone levels can lead to a more robust life.