Men who suffer from low levels of testosterone may experience symptoms of decreased energy and a lower sex drive. Luckily, there are various testosterone replacement therapies (TRT) available to help remedy low levels of this male sex hormone. In part one of this series, we discussed the basics of testosterone and how it plays a vital component in the growth and maturity of men. In part two, we’ll look at some common signs of low testosterone levels as well as some popular TRT options to consider.
If you suffer from low levels of testosterone and you’re ready to take the next step towards a happy and healthy life, contact the Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson today. We’ve helped hundreds of men regain control of their lives and their health through our specialized TRT treatments, and we would love to do the same for you.
What Are Common Signs of Low Testosterone Levels?
In order for a man’s body to control the amount of testosterone being produced, the brain’s hypothalamus tells the pituitary gland how much of this hormone to make. As a result, the pituitary gland communicates this message by releasing hormones and chemicals into the body and bloodstream. Some common signs of low testosterone levels include:
- Feelings of depression and low self-worth.
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks you were once able to manage.
- Trouble sleeping at night or staying asleep throughout the night.
- A decline in muscle mass and bone mass.
- An increase in body fat without change to diet or exercise.
- Constant feelings of fatigue and tiredness.
- Swollen or tender breasts.
- A low sex drive or erectile dysfunction.
It’s important to note that TRT is not recommended for everyone. Men who suffer from the following medical issues should not partake in testosterone replacement therapy:
- Prostate or breast cancer.
- Untreated obstructive sleep apnea.
- Constant and severe lower urinary tract symptoms.
- Class III or IV heart failure.
At the Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson, we understand the negative effects that low testosterone can have on your life. If you feel that testosterone replacement therapy would be beneficial to you, contact our team of men’s healthcare professionals today.
What Are The Different Types of TRT?
If your doctor recommends testosterone replacement therapy for you, make sure to inquire about the types of treatment options that are available. Your physician will need to know the full scope of your medical history, and you should discuss any previous medical conditions with your doctor. Some conditions, such as congestive heart failure can make TRT a dangerous treatment. Let’s take a look at some common methods of TRT for men.
- Transdermal Patches – Some men find that transdermal patches are the most convenient TRT delivery method. These patches are typically applied once a day, and at the same time each day (usually in the evening). It’s important to place the patch on an area of skin that is not exposed to pressure or excessive sweating.
- Topical Testosterone Gel – A topical testosterone gel can be applied to the skin to increase low levels of testosterone. It’s important to apply this gel to an area of skin that is not going to be touched by another person, like a woman or small child. Similar to the patch, the gel should be applied to your skin at the same time each day.
- Mouth Patches – Mouth patches are also an available option for testosterone replacement therapy. The patch is shaped like a tablet and should be applied to the upper gum twice daily, or every 12 hours.
- Testosterone Injections and Implants – If patches and gels aren’t appealing to you, testosterone injections and implants may be a better solution for you. Injections are administered into the buttock muscle, either by a certified physician or by yourself at home. These injections are often administered every one to four weeks. If you opt for a testosterone implant instead, your doctor will insert it under the skin of your buttock or abdomen.
With the different forms of testosterone replacement therapy available, you may be unsure which treatment option is best for you. If you have any questions regarding TRT or you’re interested in learning more about the applications available, contact one of the men’s healthcare professionals at the Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson today.