What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Before understanding how testosterone replacement therapy works, it’s important to understand the role of testosterone in your body.
Testosterone is a hormone present in the bodies of both men and women. It’s referred to as an androgen, a hormone that supports the formation of male bodily characteristics. This is because men have higher testosterone levels than women: Normal testosterone levels for men are 300-1,010 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter), while normal levels for women are 15-70 ng/dL. Men and women can expect to lose a small amount of testosterone as they age, but certain levels may be abnormally low. Some conditions, such as obesity, HIV/AIDS, type 2 diabetes, or an injury to the testicles may affect testosterone levels.
Low testosterone levels are treatable with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Clinics may use gels, mouth patches, transdermal skin patches, or implants, or injections as treatment for low T. Atlanta Men’s Clinic offers testosterone cypionate injections for men suffering from the symptoms of low testosterone.
Why use Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone therapy may be an option for men and women who suffer from symptoms of low testosterone. In men, these symptoms may include:
- Shrinking of the testicles
- Numbness in the genitals
- Decreased levels of ejaculatory fluid
- Increased irritation
Low testosterone levels may also cause erectile dysfunction (ED). Testosterone replacement injections can be used to treat the root causes of ED.
In women, low testosterone may produce less specific symptoms like:
- Decreased in libido
- A dejected mood
- Loss of motivation
A blood test can be used to determine whether low testosterone may be responsible for symptoms.
How Low T Treatment Works
Getting a diagnosis for low testosterone is very simple and only requires a doctor’s appointment. A quick blood test is used to check testosterone levels in order to decide what next steps may be necessary.
If a diagnosis of low testosterone is confirmed, one of our qualified clinical staff members will speak with you about the recommended testosterone therapy treatment for low t. Typically, patients will need to come in once a week to receive an injection, but many patients also opt to self administer. The injection is administered into a muscular part of the body, like the thigh or buttocks, and most patients find the injections painless.
Some people may need just several testosterone replacement injections in order to gain long-term results, while others may require ongoing low T therapy. This will depend on your individual diagnosis.
Risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy has many benefits, but some risks of TRT may include:
- Enlargement of the breasts in men
- Enlarged prostate in men
- Shrinking of the testiacles in men
- Diminished sperm count in men
- Acne or other reactions in skin
- A boost in red blood cell count
- Sleep apnea, a disorder that is characterized by breathing that stops and starts frequently during sleep
Benefits of TRT
TRT may help both men and women combat symptoms such as fatigue, a reduced sex drive, and even osteoporosis. It can also help avoid anemia, as testosterone affects the production of red blood cells.
Studies show that men who have received low testosterone therapy are 16% less likely to have a heart attack. Men whose health was heavily compromised because of low T were shown to decrease their chances of a heart attack by up to 31%. Testosterone replacement therapy has been known to positively effect brain function, muscle mass, mood, and sensitivity to insulin. Furthermore, men who have received treatment for low T often report enhanced energy levels, improved erections, and increased libido. In addition, testosterone has a role in keeping bones strong and dense.
The effectiveness of treatment varies depending on the individual. Fewer studies have been conducted on the additional results of testosterone therapy for women, but it can be effective in providing relief from symptoms of low testosterone. The bone enhancing effect of treatment for low t may be especially important for women, who are at higher risk of osteoporosis as they age.
Our Testosterone Replacement Therapy Clinic
Atlanta Men’s Clinic prides itself in offering top-level testosterone therapy for women and men. Our staff includes expert physicians with years of experience in endocrine evaluation and treatment, including hormone replacement therapy for men and hormone replacement therapy for women. We have testosterone replacement therapy clinics in various parts of Atlanta so our patients can get the care they need close to home. Our offices in Fulton and Gwinnett county service patients throughout the metro Atlanta area.
For more information or to book an appointment, contact us.