Testosterone has an impact on just about every aspect of life.
This mighty hormone does more than just fuel your libido. It impacts your mood, energy levels, muscle mass, and even your cognitive abilities.
Yet, many men are unaware of the critical role it plays until they start experiencing symptoms of low testosterone.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a treatment option designed specifically for individuals with low testosterone levels. But what exactly does it entail? How can it improve your well-being? And, are there any risks involved?
We spoke with Daniel R. Martinez, MD, a fellowship-trained physician specializing in sexual medicine, andrology, and male infertility, about all of these issues.
Let’s delve into his answers to these questions and uncover the truth about TRT.
A Deep Dive into Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
TRT is a medical treatment that aims to restore testosterone levels back to normal.
The therapy includes various methods such as oral medications, gels, injections, and pellets. One of the primary goals of TRT is to rehabilitate the testicles and bring them back to their normal hormone levels.
Imagine your body as a well-oiled machine. When one part malfunctions, it affects the entire system.
Similarly, when testosterone levels drop, it can wreak havoc on your overall health. TRT acts like a mechanic, fixing the parts that are not working correctly and bringing your body back to its optimal state.
“One aspect of Low-T that has really gone under the radar is some of the cognitive defects that we’ll see,” Said Dr. Martinez,
I’ve had some patients in their 50s acting like they’re 80 or 90 years old to the point that there were concerns about Alzheimer’s.
The Journey to Better Health
When you start TRT, don’t expect immediate results. Just like a good workout regimen or a healthy diet, it takes time to see changes.
If you’re using testosterone gel, it usually takes a few weeks to notice results. Think of it as watering a plant. You won’t see it sprout overnight. However, with regular care and patience, you’ll eventually see it flourish.
For those who may feel self-conscious about the size of their testicles, testicle implants are available. It’s a personal decision and one that should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Remember, your comfort and confidence in your body are crucial for your overall well-being.
Monitoring Your Testosterone Levels
To keep track of your hormone levels, a Low T Test can be conducted.
This blood test needs to be done in the early morning, before 8am, to observe stable, higher hormone levels.
The early bird indeed gets the worm, or in this case, accurate test results!
Monitoring T levels is important because certain forms may work better for different individuals. “Some guys just don’t absorb [gels] as well as injections” notes Dr. Martinez.
Free Testosterone: The Unsung Hero
Free testosterone, which refers to the testosterone in your blood not bound to proteins, is a separate blood test that needs to be specifically ordered.
At-home tests are available, but professional lab testing is recommended for more accurate results. After all, isn’t it better to have a clear, precise picture of your health?
The Risks of Overdoing It
Like anything else in life, too much of a good thing can turn harmful.
Going above suggested normal testosterone hormone levels has its risks, including heart attack, stroke, cancer, and blood clots.
It’s essential to maintain a balance and follow your healthcare provider’s advice.
Likewise, if you choose topical TRT methods you’ve got to be careful about transferring the medication to other people. “If somebody rubs up against you whether it be your child or your wife,” warns Dr. Martinez, “If it’s not dry you’ve got to be careful because that can transfer to them and that could potentially cause side effects.”
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As you’ve read today, testosterone plays an instrumental role in our bodies.
Low levels can lead to numerous health issues, but treatments like TRT can help restore balance.
“Replacement therapy is going to work as long as you’re getting the levels into your body that’s going to get you to the normal levels,” Says Dr. Martinez “You should have an improvement in your symptoms if it is what’s creating these symptoms now.”
That said, it’s vital to understand the process, monitor your levels, know the risks, and consult with professionals.
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