What Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
As men age, their bodies undergo many changes, especially when they reach their 50s. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as low muscle mass and low libido, you may be suffering from andropause, a decrease in testosterone. To combat this decrease, testosterone replacement therapy is a safe and effective treatment option.
What Does Testosterone Replacement Therapy Do?
Testosterone is a hormone produced in the testicles and is responsible for a wide range of functions in the body such as body hair growth and red blood cell production. As men age, it’s normal for testosterone to decrease.
Testosterone replacement therapy is the process of replacing the lost testosterone to improve the symptoms of aging. In many men, therapy can reverse these symptoms and help them live healthier and happier lives.
How Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Performed?
There are many methods of performing testosterone replacement therapy. For example, there are patches, gels, injections, pellets and capsules. Your physician will discuss your symptoms and needs to determine what method is best for you.
Here at Balance Hormone Center, we use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) which is a process using hormones that closely resemble those in the human body. This reduces the risk of side effects you may experience from synthetic hormones.
Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Safe?
Yes. It’s proven safe and effective. Yet, just like any other medical treatment, you may experience some side effects such as increased urination and an increased risk of blood clots.
Who Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy For?
Testosterone replacement therapy is a treatment option for men experiencing the symptoms of low testosterone. Some of the symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Low sex drive
- Loss of muscle mass
- Decrease in body hair
- Increased body fat
Are There Other Causes of Low Testosterone?
Yes. Aging isn’t always to blame. For example, low testosterone can be due to another medical condition such as obesity or pituitary gland dysfunction. Injuries and some long-term illnesses can also cause low testosterone.
Do I Have Low Testosterone?
If you’re suffering from any of the above symptoms, it doesn’t mean low testosterone levels are to blame. You’ll need to have your blood tested to determine your testosterone levels first. If they’re low, we’ll discuss your treatment options and develop a care plan to fit your needs.
Reach Out Today to Learn More About Testosterone Replacement
Want to feel like yourself again? If you’re experiencing the symptoms of low testosterone, our team can help. To learn more about testosterone replacement therapy, reach out to our Gilbert, Arizona office by calling 480-718-9960 today.