Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is becoming a popular option for millions of men in America. As men get older, the hormone begins to naturally decrease. The lower T levels can cause major changes within a man’s body that replacement therapy can remedy. However, not everyone is a good candidate for TRT.
Common Symptoms of Low Testosterone
In men, testosterone is primarily produced in the testicles and aids in the production of sperm and other traits that characterizes a man. The production of testosterone increases during puberty and, around the age of 30, begins to decrease. There are several symptoms that can reveal lower T levels, including:
Loss of muscle mass
Lower bone density
Increased weight, especially around the abdomen
Changes in mood and concentration
Though these are common symptoms, low T levels may not be the cause. It’s important to seek a medical professional and get a blood test to confirm diagnosis.
The Benefits and Risk of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
A person seeking TRT should not only consider the benefits of the treatment, but also the risk factors. Replacement therapy can diminish symptoms of low T levels and improve daily living. Men have contributed an increase in energy and sex drive to TRT. Yet, as with some medical treatments, adverse side effects may also occur. This is why it’s important to see a medical professional who is skilled in evaluating and administering TRT
Possible side effects may not deter some men from treatment, but replacement therapy is not for everyone. Men who have been prostate cancer or are found to have elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels, for example, should avoid testosterone replacement therapy. However, those who suffer from Klinefelter syndrome (born with an extra X chromosome) or had a testicle removed may find replacement therapy an important option.
For those who are good candidates for testosterone replacement therapy, there are several methods that can be used to administer treatment. A patient seeking TRT can learn to administer an injection as prescribed by a doctor.
Another option includes having a physician place pellets beneath the skin through tiny incisions. This method of treatment can last between three to four months.
A less invasive method to consider is applying a topical cream or gel to the skin daily to receive the needed testosterone.
Whatever method of treatment you choose, it is important to remain under constant doctor supervision during TRT.