Testosterone levels in men decline gradually starting around age 30-40. Because it comes on slowly, men often accommodate to the symptoms of low testosterone and do not realize how much they have lost. In women, declining hormone levels are referred to as Menopause and in males it is known as Andropause, or Male Menopause. Many of the disease processes that we come to accept with aging are associated with lower testosterone levels which are easily corrected with testosterone replacement in the form of injections, creams, gels, patches, or pellets.
- Questions to consider
- Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Possible Side Effects
Symptoms of Hypogonadism (Low Testosterone)
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Decreased energy and strength
- Decreased muscle and increased fat
- Decreased sex drive (loss of libido)
- Decreased sensitivity to stimulation
- Decreased strength of orgasm
- Decreased erectile function (ED / Erectile Dysfunction)
- Depression and/or loss of eagerness and enthusiasm
- Osteoporosis (loss of bone density and bone mass)
- Insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes and profuse sweating
- Increased risk of cancer or Alzheimer’s (low testosterone levels increase risk)
Men who receive Testosterone Therapy consequently report that they feel stronger and healthier. They state that it makes them feel as they did when they were in their prime. Hormone replacement is about restoring hormones to youthful levels so you can feel as you did when you were at the peak of your physical, sexual, and mental ability.
Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
- LIBIDO Improved sex drive and decreased erectile dysfunction.
- CHOLESTEROL Lowers cholesterol levels
- ENERGY Increased energy, stamina and endurance
- MEMORY Improved mental functioning and ability
- MOOD Improves mood and feeling of well-being
- HEART Protects against heart disease
- CONCENTRATION Improved concentration and focus
- MUSCLE Increased muscle strength and mass
- BONE Increased bone strength
Frequently Asked Questions about Testosterone Treatment
What type of testosterone do you use?
We use testosterone cypionate, an injectable hormone replacement given weekly, or a BioIdentical testosterone cream applied to the skin daily.
How do I qualify for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)?
A simple blood test drawn in our office will reveal your testosterone levels and a clinician will review your medical history and physical exam to make sure you qualify.
Does TRT stimulate my body’s natural production of testosterone?
No. We are supplementing what your body is not capable of producing in sufficient amounts. However, we also offer medications and supplements that will stimulate your body’s natural production of testosterone for those who choose not to use TRT.
How long does TRT continue?
TRT may continue indefinitely. Discontinuation will cause testosterone levels to go back to your baseline levels or possibly lower, since those levels would have continued to decline had you not been on the therapy.
Possible Side Effects
- Acne or oily skin.
- Mild fluid retention
- Stimulation of prostate tissue, with perhaps some increased urination symptoms such as a decreased stream or frequency
- Nipple sensitivity or breast tissue enlargement
- Worsening of sleep apnea
- Decreased testicular size
- Increased weight or blood pressure
** In addition, there are some patients who will not qualify based on their medical history or physical exam.