What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is the principal male sex hormone and plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues as well as promoting increased muscle and bone mass and the growth of body hair. In addition, testosterone is essential for health and well-being.
What causes Low Testosterone?
Testosterone levels gradually decline with age; additionally, low testosterone has been linked to certain other health conditions. Studies indicate that low testosterone is not thought to be the cause of these conditions, just that men with certain health conditions may be more likely to have low testosterone. These conditions include:
High blood pressure
How is Low Testosterone determined?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of low testosterone; such as, decreased energy, increased body fat and low libido (sex drive), a simple blood test can be administered to determine your current testosterone level.
Why Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)?
The benefits of TRT vary based on the symptoms experienced prior to therapy; however, you should expect to experience:
Improved muscle mass and strength
Increased sexual desire
Decreased body fat
How do I know if I qualify for TRT? Clinical symptoms, lab results, a patient medical history and a physical will determine your qualification for treatment. We will only treat a patient if treatment is determined to be a medical necessity. NOTE: WE DO NOT PRESCRIBE MEDICATIONS FOR THE PURPOSES OF MUSCLE BUILDING OR PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT!
What side effects are associated with TRT?
Testosterone replacement in men has a very good safety record backed by over sixty years of medical use; although rare, there are some risks associated with TRT. Some patients could experience the following side effects: Acne or oily skin Mild fluid retention Stimulation of prostate tissue, with perhaps some increased urination symptoms such as decreased stream or frequency Breast enlargement Worsening of sleep apnea (a sleep disorder that results in frequent night time awakenings and daytime sleepiness) Decreased testicular size
What can be done about the possible side effects of TRT?
As part of your therapy, we include medications to control estrogen and promote your body’s own, natural production of testosterone.
How is TRT related to prostate cancer?
Other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men according to the American Cancer Society. Studies have shown that testosterone in the presence of a slow-growing cancer is assumed to increase its growth rate, while low levels of testosterone may increase the occurrence of the start of prostate cancer. As part of our commitment to men’s health, we take your prostate health very seriously. Prior to therapy, we require a PSA (blood test) and digital exam and will not prescribe TRT to anyone with a history of prostate cancer.
Why a testosterone injection instead of other methods such as patches or gels?
No delivery mode is more effective than testosterone injections. Gels and Patches often require dose adjustments to get the desired blood concentration and as many as 20% of patients never absorb enough testosterone from gels and patches to improve symptoms.
What type of hormones do you use for TRT?
We only use bio-identical hormones from a compounding pharmacy with which we’ve had a long-standing relationship. Unlike purchasing hormones from a website, we can ensure the quality and origin of the medications we prescribe.
What are Bio-identical Hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are derived from naturally occurring sources and are designed to replicate the same chemical structure as the hormones that your body naturally produces. They are made in a lab, but are not foreign substances to the body because they are exactly the same as the hormones that your body produces. Synthetic hormones are also made in a lab, but are foreign substances to the body because they are not identical to the hormones produced by your body.