Many American men have decided to utilize testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to restore their masculine hormones back to normal levels. As a result, men are assured that TRT can make them more alert, energetic, sexually functional, and mentally sharp.
If you have low testosterone levels, consider testosterone replacement therapy at Ageless Expressions Clinic in Littleton and Golden, Colorado. However, while this might work effectively, safety concerns linger. This article sheds more light on the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy and everything you need to know about TRT.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone produced in men that helps maintain men’s fat distribution, bone density, sex drive, sperm production, red blood cell production, facial and body hair, and muscle strength. Testosterone levels are usually at peak during adolescence and early adulthood. Then, as men continue aging, their testosterone levels gradually reduce by about one percent a year after age 30 or 40.
However, it is essential for older men to confirm if a low testosterone level is due to normal aging or caused by hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is a disease that interferes with the ability of a man to produce normal amounts of testosterone.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
If your testosterone production levels drastically reduce, you may experience various symptoms, including:
Low Sex Drive
Testosterone plays a major role in a man’s sex drive, often known as libido. While some men may experience a low sex drive as they age, those with low testosterone will experience a more drastic drop than normal.
Testosterone primarily helps a man achieve and maintain ejaculation. It signals the brain receptors to produce nitric oxide, which helps trigger a chemical reaction necessary for an erection. As a result, a person with low testosterone levels may experience difficulty achieving an erection before sex.
Testosterone plays a key role in the hair production of a man. While most men may become bald as they age, those with low testosterone levels may lose body and facial hair drastically.
Increased Body Fat
Men with low testosterone levels may develop increased body fat or have enlarged breast tissue, often known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia occurs when estrogen and testosterone are imbalanced in the body.
Smaller Penis Size
Testosterone plays an important role in developing the penis and testicles. Therefore, low testosterone levels can contribute to a man having a smaller penis and testicles. However, other reasons that may contribute to a man having a smaller penis include obesity, hypogonadism, aging, and prostate surgery.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a popular treatment for men with low testosterone or hypogonadism. The treatment is administered in different methods, including:
- Injections: This type of treatment requires an individual to undergo an injection of testosterone in the muscles. The testosterone then enters the bloodstream and circulates in the body.
- Skin Patch: A skin patch is worn on the arm or upper body to boost testosterone levels. It is usually applied once per day.
- Gels: Apply a testosterone gel on your arm or upper body daily. Your skin will absorb the testosterone, although some other types of gel get absorbed through the nose.
- Mouth Patch: Stick the testosterone tablets on the gums, releasing testosterone through the oral tissues. However, this method is mostly used for men that have difficulty swallowing.
- Testosterone Pills: You can use oral testosterone pills to increase your levels. However, this method comes with dangerous side effects. We recommend you first consult with a doctor for guidance.
Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone Replacement Therapy has helped many men who suffer from low testosterone. While men may report many conflicting results, some of the notable benefits of TRT include the following:
- Boost in mood
- Higher and long-lasting erections
- Better bone density
- Improvements in energy levels
- Increase in sex drive and libido
Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Many men may rush to get this treatment without asking themselves, ‘what are the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy?’ A few men experience immediate side effects after the treatment, such as breast swelling, acne, swelling in the ankles, and disturbed breathing while sleeping. On the other hand, men who use testosterone replacement therapy may experience long term side effects such as cardiovascular issues like strokes, heart attacks, and other heart diseases. Some physicians also claim that testosterone replacement therapy could potentially stimulate the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Get Started Today
While Testosterone Replacement Therapy may have its side effects, the benefits of it usually outweigh the potential risks. It offers men with low testosterone a chance to feel better and restore their dignity.
However, before making the decision, speak with a doctor at Ageless Expression Clinic, who will help you take a well-thought out approach. Visit us at either of our Littleton and Golden, Colorado, locations to start your testosterone replacement therapy journey.