Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in Madison – Serving Greater Jackson
What are the advantages of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)?
How is decreased testosterone defined?
Decreased testosterone levels, also referred to as testicular hypofunction and male hypogonadism occurs when the level of the male hormone testosterone is less than expected and can be improved with testosterone replacement therapy for men in Madison and Jackson. The average testosterone level of a healthy, average weighing male with an average age range of 20 to 60 years old was ~550.
What are the most common causes of decreased testosterone?
Many factors contribute to low testosterone; the major one is being overweight. Other causes may include BPA, the chemical found in plastic containers, hormone additives in food such as chicken or beef, pesticides, and many others.
Genetic causes include dysfunction of the pituitary gland, Kallman syndrome, or abnormal development of the hypothalamus, Klinefelter, or the XXY syndrome, a condition wherein a male is born with an extra X chromosome or severe primary hypothyroidism.
What are the most common symptoms of low or decreased testosterone?
The severity of the symptoms of low or decreased testosterone depends on the individual’s age, the most common of which are the following:
• Decreased sex drive
• Decreased mental acuity
• Decreased muscle mass and higher body fat
• Erectile dysfunction and infertility
• Decreased body hair
• Decreased sense of wellbeing
• Memory and concentration difficulties
• Irritability and moodiness
• Decreased muscular strength
• Increased cancer risk
• Decreased hemoglobin associated with mild anemia
What is andropause, and how is it related to low testosterone?
Andropause, also known as male menopause, is a series of symptoms associated with decreasing hormonal levels in men, primarily testosterone.
Decreasing hormone levels can start as early as 30 years of age, and if combined with poor diet, lack of exercise, and undue stress, can be responsible for the health problems most men will encounter as they age.
Testosterone replacement therapy can help mitigate the effects of andropause.
What are the advantages of testosterone replacement therapy?
Patients who have received testosterone replacement therapy consistently state that they feel better, healthier, sexier, and stronger, almost the same as when still in their teen years.
This is the rationale behind testosterone replacement, bringing hormone levels to its peak to pause or delay aging’s physical consequences. Testosterone restores muscle tone, increases strength, stamina, and sexual desire, resulting in improved overall mood and sense of wellbeing.
What are the different testosterone replacement therapies?
There are many testosterone replacement therapy methods, and deciding what is best for you should be done in consultation with your physician.
Here are the most popular:
1. Testosterone Pellets
Testosterone pellets are surgically implanted under the skin of your hip every 4-6 months, where it is dissolved slowly to deliver a steady and constant testosterone level. This is now the most recommended method and is available for men and women. We can help you request insurance coverage if you are interested.
2. Testosterone Compounded Cream
These creams are applied to the skin every day to deliver a constant level of testosterone. Local compounding pharmacies usually make them for around $40 for a one month’s supply. However, this method is frowned upon because of the danger of transferring the testosterone cream to other people.
3. Pharmaceutical Testosterone Gels
Like creams, the gels are applied to the skin every day to deliver a constant testosterone level, but there is the danger of transferring testosterone to other people.
4. Oral Testosterone Tablets
The tablets are made by compounding pharmacies and are quite affordable. They are dissolved in the mouth once a day.
5. Weekly Depo-Testosterone Injections
You can do these injections at home, but you can have them from our office, too. They are priced very affordably, especially if your insurance covers them. The injections are an effective way to increase your testosterone levels but are varied. Levels are at their peak on the day of your injection but taper off by week’s end.
6. Aveed Testosterone Injections
Aveed is a testosterone injection that only requires a booster every 10 weeks. Initial dosages may have shorter intervals but will eventually be scaled down to every 10 weeks.
What are Clomiphene and hCG Injections?
Other methods of increasing testosterone levels are Clomiphene and hCG injections. These are medications similar to the body’s Follicle Stimulating Hormone or FSH, which then promotes testosterone production from the testicles.