At Men’s Vitality Center, we are the go-to provider of testosterone replacement therapy in Glendale, AZ. We provide testosterone replacement therapy because we have seen for ourselves how it can transform the lives of men with low testosterone. However, before getting testosterone replacement therapy, you may have many questions. We have compiled a list of questions we often hear about our low testosterone treatment below.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone in your body that works to develop and maintain the male sex organs and characteristics. It is produced in the testes and is regulated by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. Testosterone affects the development of body hair, changes in fat distribution and muscle strength, sex drive, mood, and bone strength.
What is a normal level of testosterone for men?
Testosterone levels are considered normal between 350 ng/dL and 1000 ng/dL. When physiology is normal, the brain and the testicles work together to regulate testosterone levels in the body. The brain releases certain hormones that stimulate the production of testosterone, and once enough testosterone has been produced, another hormone is released to slow the release of testosterone. When this system is disrupted, the symptoms of low testosterone are experienced.
What causes low testosterone?
Some of the conditions that can lead to a low level are:
- Diabetes (Type 2)
- Chronic medical conditions (especially liver or kidney disease)
- Hormonal disorders
- Medications (narcotics, chemotherapy)
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
Some symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Low libido
- Low energy
- Weight gain
- Muscle loss
- Depression and irritability
- Sexual dysfunction
How is low testosterone diagnosed?
Testosterone levels can be determined through a blood test. Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale will draw blood to determine if your testosterone levels are at a normal level. If they are below normal, your physician may determine that testosterone replacement therapy is necessary.
What is testosterone replacement therapy?
Testosterone replacement therapy involves treating people with diagnosed low levels of testosterone with either injections, patches, gels, surgical implants, or oral pills of synthetic testosterone. At Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale, we exclusively use testosterone injections as they are the most effective and carry the lowest risk.
What benefits does testosterone replacement therapy offer?
Some of the benefits that testosterone replacement therapy can offer are:
- Better mood
- More energy
- Greater muscle strength
- Improved sexual function
- Higher sexual desire
- Decreased body fat
What are the risks of testosterone replacement therapy?
Some potential side effects of testosterone replacement therapy include:
- Increased red blood cell production
- Prostate problems
- More body hair
- Fluid retention
- Sleep apnea
Who should not get testosterone replacement therapy?
If you are concerned about low testosterone, you should speak to a physician at Men’s Vitality Center to determine whether or not it is right for you. However, as a general role, you should avoid testosterone replacement therapy if you have:
- Prostate cancer
- Breast cancer
- Sleep apnea
- Heart failure
Still have questions about low testosterone and testosterone replacement therapy? We are happy to answer them for you! Contact us today to discuss whether or not testosterone replacement therapy is right for you.