Testosterone Replacement Therapy

TRT - Testosterone Injections in Chandler, AZ

Testosterone Supplementation

During adolescence and early adulthood, testosterone levels are at their highest. Your testosterone level decreases with age, at approximately one percent each year, beginning, for most men, in their thirties or forties.

It’s crucial for older men to figure out if a low testosterone level is related to natural aging or an illness, which is referred to as hypogonadism.

“The use of testosterone therapy is increasingly common in the United States, with an estimated 2.3 million American men receiving the therapy in 2013.”AAFP

Hypogonadism is a condition where the testicles or the pituitary gland, which regulates the testicles, are unable to generate appropriate levels of testosterone.

Testosterone replacement treatment, which may come in the form of injections, pills, patches, or gels, can help men with their low testosterone symptoms.

Symptoms of having low testosterone include:

  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low semen count
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue & lethargy
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Weight gain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of memory
  • Size reduction in testicles
  • Risk of anemia

While undergoing hormone replacement therapy, many men with low testosterone report increased energy, sex desire, and mood.

Testosterone treatments are prescribed for a number of medical conditions, including low testosterone caused by:

  • Hypogonadism - a condition that affects men due to testes that do not properly function.
  • Secondary hypogonadism - when production of testosterone is suppressed because of a tumor of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus.
  • Cancer - testicular, prostate, and male breast cancer.
  • Orchidectomy - removal of both testicles due to cancer or other conditions, like testicular torsion.
  • Injury - Traumatic injury to the testicles.
  • Puberty Delay - Delay of going through puberty.
  • Age - Natural aging process.

Short-term side effects of testosterone replacement therapy include acne, breast swelling, and ankle swelling.

Consult your physician before receiving hormone replacement therapy.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy FAQ

Once you start testosterone therapy, can you stop?

If you decide to quit TRT, for whatever reason, your body will return to its prior condition. This can result in withdrawal symptoms. You could decide that this is more comfortable for you and that you prefer how you felt before the TRT. You should discuss treatment length, intervals, and end dates with your doctor.

Can testosterone therapy cause joint pain?

A study on testosterone treatment and its impact on joint health that lasted a little over five years, found the majority of the males, roughly 58 percent, experienced joint discomfort at the start of the trial. That percentage dropped to 46 after three months of testosterone treatments. Only 22 percent of the males experienced joint discomfort after nine months.

Source: nih.gov

How long does testosterone replacement therapy last?

The majority of patients see substantial improvements within four to six weeks after starting testosterone replacement. However, some effects may be felt and observed much sooner. In general, testosterone therapy is a continuing treatment that doesn't always have an end date. Discontinuing therapy, like stopping treatment for a chronic disease, may cause your symptoms to reappear when testosterone levels fall below healthy levels again.

Is testosterone therapy safe?

Hormone replacement treatment benefits for those with low-T generally outweigh possible hazards for patients. For most, treatment is a choice made with the advice of their doctor. TRT gives men who are unwell a chance to feel better, but the initial benefits may divert focus away from long-term risks.

Does testosterone replacement therapy increase the risk of prostate cancer?

No. Testosterone therapy does not boost a man's risk of prostate cancer, according to the findings of new research. In fact, current evidence shows that testosterone therapy may lessen the chance of prostate cancer.

Source: moffitt.org

What are the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy?

Most men experience no side effects, but some that can happen are:
  1. Acne and/or oily skin.
  2. Retention of bodily fluids.
  3. Prostate tissue stimulation, with increased urination symptoms - lower stream and/or frequency.
  4. Increased risk of abnormalities of the prostate.
  5. Gynecomastia - enlargement of the breasts.
  6. Increased blood clots risk.

Source: webmd.com

Does TRT build muscle?

A recent study, for example, found that testosterone therapy successfully boosted muscular strength in middle-aged and older individuals. TRT, on the other hand, has little documented advantages for people with normal or high-T levels, particularly young men.

Source: healthline.com

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