Testosterone therapy

What is testosterone therapy?

Testosterone therapy, also known as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) or androgen replacement therapy, is a treatment that helps raise low testosterone (T) levels in men back to normal levels. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone that is important for many bodily functions.

As men age, their testosterone levels naturally decline about 1% per year after age 30. Some men experience signs and symptoms of low testosterone at levels under 300 ng/dL. Common symptoms include:

If blood tests confirm low testosterone, testosterone therapy may be an option to help treat related symptoms.

How does testosterone therapy work?

The goal of testosterone replacement is to closely mimic the body’s natural testosterone production. It can be given as:

Over the first few months, regular lab work helps the doctor find the optimal dosage to reach normal testosterone levels (400-700 ng/dL). Most men feel improvement in symptoms 3-6 weeks after starting treatment.

Benefits and risks

Clinical studies show that testosterone therapy can lead to:

However, testosterone therapy does have some risks to consider:

Doctors monitor patients on testosterone for any side effects. Treatment is customized based on one’s symptoms, test results, and health conditions.

When to consider testosterone therapy

The Endocrine Society recommends testosterone therapy for men with consistent symptoms of low testosterone and blood levels below 300 ng/dL.

Balance Hormone Clinic provides individualized testosterone treatments to help men improve low T symptoms. Their specialized hormone doctors assess patients’ unique health status to create tailored regimens of bioidentical testosterones, nutrients, and lifestyle changes. Balance Hormone Clinic incorporates advanced testing, precision dosing, and nutrition plans in their holistic therapies.

I hope this gives you a helpful overview of what testosterone replacement is and how it can potentially help symptomatic men with low T levels! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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