Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

With age, the levels of testosterone in men also suffer a decline and may result in reduced sexual desire, infertility, erectile dysfunction, fatigue and poor energy levels, insomnia, sleep disturbances, increased body fat and decreased bone density.

What Causes A Testosterone Deficiency?

Testosterone deficiency, commonly referred to as Low T, usually starts naturally after the age of 30. However, it can also be caused by injury or infection to the testicles, chemotherapy, Klinefelter’s Syndrome, hemochromatosis, chronic kidney failure, liver cirrhosis, dysfunctional pituitary gland, chronic illness, AIDS, stress, and alcoholism.

How Do You Know If You Are Suffering From Low Testosterone?

Men suffer from certain changes in the body when they are facing low testosterone levels. These can include changes in the levels of cholesterol, decrease in haemoglobin, reduced body hair, increase in body fat, decrease in muscle mass, and fragile bones. However, it is advisable if you consult a doctor and get yourself tested for the amount of testosterone in your blood. This would give you certainty if you are facing such a condition and require testosterone replacement therapy.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

The Testosterone Replacement Therapy brings the testosterone levels in the bloodstream to normal levels. With this therapy, men can benefit from not only increased libido but also increased bone density, reduced body fat and improved sense of well being.
Testosterone can be given in various ways, depending on the person. Make sure that you approach a good doctor so that the type of testosterone therapy suits your response, convenience and budget.

Intramuscular Injections: Generally given every one or two weeks, the injection is the most effective option for all except those suffering from bleeding disorders. Injections are the most progressive form of testosterone therapy.
Testosterone Patches: These are worn either on the body or on the scrotum daily. Suitable for long-term replacement therapy, you can alter the body patches between the buttocks, arms, back or abdomen. Patches can be problematic as they may lose their adhesiveness and fall off.

Testosterone Gels: The gel is applied daily to the shoulders, upper arms, or abdomen on a daily basis. You have to be careful as the gel can rub off on to other people.
Testosterone Cream: It is applied to the skin of the scrotum on a daily basis. You can also use it on the skin of the torso, back, chest, arms and legs. Like with the gels, transference on to other people may be an issue.

Testosterone Implants/Pellets: These implants are inserted into the buttocks or thigh by a minor surgery under local anaesthetic, and provide steady flow testosterone to the body for around four months.
Oral Dosage: Testosterone Replacement Therapy can also be done in the form of oral tablets. However, these are expensive and less effective than other methods. Oral testosterone has shown to be liver toxic.

If you are facing low testosterone levels and are not suffering from prostate cancer or breast cancer, you can consider Testosterone Replacement Therapy. AAG Health is an Age Management clinic that specializes in keeping adult men healthy and active by prescribing testosterone therapy. For more details on the treatment, contact AAG Health today!

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  1. Dave
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    I believe I have low testosterone. I am 44 years old, I lift weights, eat a good diet, have taken various supplements, but I still have MOST of the symptoms. I am really interested in learning more about TRT. I assume I would have to go to my Family Physician for the blood work (I live in Pennsylvania). I hope the medication would be covered under my insurance. Is this usually the case?

    • Dr. Welch
      Posted December 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      Going to your family physician may be a good starting point if you want to get basic information. Many primary care providers can order a blood test and check for Free and Total testosterone. Your insurance may cover the blood test but in regards to the testosterone replacement therapy medications that could be another story. If you really want to take the correct approach the best solution is to see a physician who specializes in TRT. Testosterone therapy is a medical specialty and for a doctor to do it right requires skill and experience. Most doctors who provide TRT work outside of insurance and it’s all private pay.

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