What is Testosterone?
- •Growth and maturation of prostate, and other male sex organs
- •Development of male hair distribution such as facial hair
- •Changes in body muscle mass and strength and fat distribution
- •Sex drive and sexual function
- •Mood and energy level
- •Bone strength
What is Normal Levels of Testosterone?
What does Low T center do?
How do you determine whether I might have low testosterone?
What is hypogonadism?
What are the Benefits of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy)?
- ◦Improved muscle mass and strength
- ◦Increased bone mineral density
- ◦Thicker body hair and skin
- ◦Improved sexual desire
- ◦Boosted energy
- ◦Decreased irritability and depression
- ◦Improved visuospatial cognitive function and verbal memory
- ◦Higher motivation
- ◦Decreased body fat
- ◦Better mood
- ◦Improved erectile function.
What are the Risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Increase in red blood cells
◦This can be beneficial if you have anemia (low blood counts). However, it can be potentially dangerous since too much blood can block your blood vessels and lead to a heart attack or stroke.
◦Testosterone therapy increases the volume of your prostate gland. To date, there have not been any studies showing that testosterone therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer. However, there is some theoretical concern because prostate cancer is treated by blocking testosterone. We should assume that the long term risk at this point is uncertain. If you have an enlarged prostate, referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), testosterone may worsen your symptoms, particularly if you are more than 50 years of age. If you have a history of prostate cancer, you cannot receive testosterone therapy.
◦These are most common with use of a patch; however, they lower with the use of a gel and are rare with injections.
◦This is common particularly in young men, but usually reversible after stopping testosterone therapy.
Sleep apnea ◦This is a condition that disrupts breathing during sleep. Although uncommon, it is a reported side effect.
◦Although uncommon, you must use caution if you have a history of heart failure or kidney disease.
◦Acne, oily skin, increased body hair and flushing have also been reported.
What is the cost of TRT at Low T Center?
How long does each TRT injection take?
What are the Advantages of testosterone injections versus other replacement methods such as patches or gels?
Are there any adverse effects of intramuscular testosterone injections?
- ◦Fluctuations in mood or libido
- ◦Pain at injection site
- ◦Excessive erythrocytosis (especially in older patients)
In what cases should I avoid testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)?
- ◦Breast or prostate cancer
- ◦A palpable prostate nodule
- ◦Untreated obstructive sleep apnea
- ◦Severe benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms (AUA prostate symptom score > 19)
- ◦Uncontrolled severe heart failure
- ◦Unexplained PSA elevation
- ◦Severe lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy ◦Unstable severe congestive heart failure (class III or IV)