Frequently Asked Questions
What is testosterone? Could my testosterone be low? What are the symptoms? All these questions are normal, and we have the answers.
NOTICE: The information contained on this page is general information and is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice, or to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The FAQs contained herein are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions, and should not be used as such. Only a qualified physician can determine if you qualify for and should undertake treatment.
Testosterone is a hormone made by the body and is responsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for maintenance of other sexual characteristics. In men, testosterone is produced in the testes, the reproductive glands that also produce sperm. The amount of testosterone produced by the testes is regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. Some effects of testosterone may include:
- 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
Benefits of testosterone replacement therapy vary based upon the pre-therapy symptoms and other factors, but can include:
- Increased energy
- Decreased irritability and depression
- Improved muscle mass and strength
- Improved sexual desire
- Improved visuospatial cognitive function and verbal memory
- Higher motivation
- Decreased body fat (optimal results received through accompaniment of a diligent diet and exercise regimen)
- Possible improvement in erectile function
- Thicker skin
Some patients could experience one or more of the following side effects:
- Increase in red blood cells
- This can be beneficial if you have anemia. However, it can be potentially dangerous, since an increase in red blood cells can lead to blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
- Prostate effects
- If you have an enlarged prostate, 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 without prior clearance from the urologist who is overseeing your care.
- Skin reactions
- Acne, oily skin, increased body hair and flushing have been reported. These side effects are not very common, but when/if they occur, often are transient.
- Testosterone therapy down regulates production of a man’s sperm. Ensure you are upfront with your desire for children with your medical provider, and be sure to discuss the situation with your spouse/partner if appropriate.
- Sleep apnea
- This is a condition that disrupts breathing during sleep, and if already present, may be worsened by the use of testosterone therapy. If you snore or suspect you may have sleep apnea, be sure to talk to your medical provider about the situation. Considering a sleep study for further evaluation may be appropriate prior to starting therapy.
- Fluid retention
- Although uncommon, you must use caution if you have a history of heart failure or kidney disease.
Most health insurance is accepted, in which case you are responsible for any applicable deductibles or co-pays under the terms of your health insurance policy. Learn more about the cost of low testosterone treatment, including information about our self-pay option.
The Low T Center process offers a quick and easy way to diagnose and treat low testosterone. Your testosterone levels will be tested during your initial visit in our in-house laboratory. The test takes just a few minutes and will be performed by the professional medical staff dedicated to helping you get your quality of life back.
You will have your test results in 20 minutes or less. If your test indicates your testosterone levels are below clinically acceptable, the medical professionals at the Low T Center will discuss your individual treatment options.
You will then return every 7-10 days to receive your booster injection. Each subsequent visit takes about 10-15 minutes.
Only your physician can fully answer this question; however, in general, testosterone replacement therapy is not recommended and/or is prohibited for patients with:
- 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)
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