One in four men over 30 and approximately 13 million men in the United States suffer from the symptoms of low testosterone. Balance Hormone Center offers testosterone replacement therapy to combat these symptoms, helping you get back to living your best life.
What Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy? What Does It Do?
Testosterone is a hormone produced to help maintain bone density, facial and body hair, red blood cell production and more in men. When testosterone starts to decline due to age or health conditions such as hypogonadism, symptoms such as hair loss, fatigue, increased body fat and more can occur.
Testosterone replacement therapy helps relieve these symptoms by replacing the body's lost testosterone and is typically administered via injection, patch or gel. As the medication absorbs into the body, levels of testosterone rise over time.
How Long Should I Stay On Testosterone Therapy? How Long Does It Last?
Testosterone replacement therapy won't cure low testosterone. You'll need to continue your treatment in order to avoid any returning symptoms. At your appointment, we'll discuss your unique needs and determine a treatment plan that works best for you.
How Do I Know If I Need Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
First things first, you might suspect low testosterone if you're dealing with any of these symptoms:
- Hair loss
- Low sex drive
- Loss of muscle mass
- Mood changes
- Increased body fat
If you have any of these symptoms, a physician will need to take a sample of your blood to determine your testosterone levels. If your levels are below normal levels, they may recommend testosterone replacement therapy.
What Should I Expect From Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
We'll start by discussing your treatment options and create a plan that fits your needs. Depending on the form of therapy, the number of days between treatment will also vary. For example, you may require an injection each week or every couple of weeks.
After starting testosterone therapy, you should begin to see results in the form of symptom relief. For example, you may notice an increase in your sex drive or newfound energy in the mornings. The time it takes to see results varies from patient to patient. Yet, you should start to see results after a couple of treatments.
Is Testosterone Therapy Safe? What Are the Side Effects?
Yes. Testosterone therapy is safe for men suffering from low testosterone levels. Just like any medical treatment, some side effects can occur such as acne, breast tenderness or swelling, increased urination and an increased risk of blood clots. If you experience any of these symptoms, it's important to reach out to your physician.
How Effective Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone replacement therapy is effective in treating the symptoms of low testosterone. It's also FDA-approved for treating medical conditions such as hypogonadism. At Balance Hormone Center, we use bioidentical testosterone—hormones that come from plants instead of synthetic hormones. These hormones are proven to adapt more easily to your body due to the chemical makeup.
Reach Out to Balance Hormone Center Today
You don't have to live with the symptoms of low testosterone. To learn more about testosterone replacement therapy or other treatment options, give us a call at 480-525-7747 or schedule an appointment.