What is testosterone replacement therapy, and do you need it
Talk to anyone whose been around for a few decades, and you’ll usually hear that life gets sweeter with age. Even with the inevitable slowdown that starts in your 30s, your best years can still be ahead.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that slowdown: If you become fatigued more easily than you used to, your mind isn’t as sharp, or your libido is on the decline, it could be because of low testosterone.
As you grow, your brain periodically produces signal hormones responsible for stimulating testosterone production, according to Vital4Men. Testosterone is the main hormone responsible for the growth and development of male sex organs, muscle mass, and bone density. It also gives you energy and affects your mood.
When testosterone reaches an acceptable range, brain signals slow down, which allows your testosterone to lower. However, that decrease could lead to testicular problems at this stage. This low level of testosterone production is called hypogonadism.
Signs you may have low testosterone
The symptoms of low testosterone — or hypogonadism — include the following:
- Decreased energy
- Loss of muscle mass
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased mental sharpness
- Increase in body fat
- Trouble sleeping, including insomnia
- Hair loss
- Decreased desire for physical activity
- Mood changes, including irritability and depression
You may not think that you have low testosterone if you ignore symptoms or simply attribute them to aging. Unfortunately, hoping these issues will go away on their own won’t work and, in fact, you may notice they just get worse.
“Your testosterone levels will likely continue to decline over time and the severity of your symptoms will most likely continue to increase,” Vital4Men says.
However, if you pay attention, the good news is that low testosterone is treatable, so you can feel like yourself again and look forward to the years ahead.
One of the best treatments is testosterone replacement therapy.
What is testosterone replacement therapy?
Testosterone replacement therapy can improve the symptoms of low testosterone. Doctors may prescribe testosterone through injections, gels, patches, surgically implanted pellets, or oral options to improve hormone levels.
The treatment process is simple. For example, when you visit Vital4men, the medical professionals will perform a blood test to determine if you are an eligible candidate for testosterone replacement therapy, and you’ll receive your results within a few days.
If your testosterone levels fall outside the normal range, you may be a candidate for treatment. Your doctor will go over potential side effects to determine if testosterone replacement therapy is the right option.
“At the viTal4men clinic, we treat low testosterone levels with testosterone replacement therapy to get you back to your optimum level,” the company says. “We are a complete men’s wellness center.”
The clinic will support you through the entire process. The best part, though, is the results. While your outcome will be individual, there are many potential benefits to testosterone replacement therapy:
- Increased energy
- Decreased irritability and depression
- Improved muscle mass and strength
- Improved sexual desire
- Improved memory
- Increased motivation
- Decreased body fat
- Possible improvement in erectile disfunction
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of low testosterone, don’t give up hope. Visit Vital4Men for more information and to schedule a free testosterone level test.