Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) can provide several benefits including increased sex drive and energy. Some evidence also suggests testosterone replacement therapy can also lead to increased bone strength, improved blood sugar control, and a longer lifespan.
Testosterone can be used to treat erectile dysfunction when the main cause is an abnormal decrease in the body’s testosterone level, also known as hypogonadism or andropause. Hypogonadism in a man is referred to as a decrease in either or both of the two major functions of the testicles: sperm and testosterone production. Primary male hypogonadism is caused by testicular dysfunction and can be congenital or develop as a man ages.
Testosterone gel therapy from menMD’s pharmacy partner is applied with an applicator, usually once a day, or as directed by your doctor. The gel is rubbed into the skin on your upper arm or shoulder. As the gel dries, testosterone is absorbed through your skin. Gel application of TRT appears to cause fewer skin reactions than patches do. Avoid swimming, bathing, showering, or sweating for 2 hours after application. A potential side effect of the gel is the possibility of transferring the medication to another person. Avoid skin-to-skin contact until the gel is completely dry or cover the area after an application.
There is no immediate effect from testosterone gel therapy. Over several weeks, after starting or changing the dosage, your body will adjust to the new level of testosterone. Your doctor will help set treatment goals to measure your response while using testosterone. Your doctor will likely want to see you every 3 – 6 months to conduct blood tests required to measure the level of testosterone in your body.
Testosterone therapy carries various risks, including contributing to sleep apnea, stimulating noncancerous growth of the prostate, enlarging breasts, limiting sperm production, stimulating growth of existing prostate cancer and blood clots forming in the veins. Men with prostate cancer are not candidates for testosterone replacement therapy.
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