A Comprehensive Guide to Testosterone Replacement Therapy

10 Sep 17

At Innovative Health and Wellness, we provide testosterone replacement therapy because we have seen for ourselves how it can transform the lives of men with low testosterone. When you experience symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating, low sex drive, increased fat, and decreased muscle mass, it’s hard to live life to the fullest. With testosterone replacement therapy, you can get back to feeling like yourself again. Read on to learn more about testosterone replacement therapy.

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is the male sex organ. It is responsible for the development and maintenance of the male reproductive organs and characteristics. The testes produce testosterone, while the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. Testosterone also plays a role in body hair growth, muscle strength, sex drive, fat distribution, mood, and bone strength.

What is a normal level of testosterone for men?

Between 350 ng/dL and 1000 ng/dL of testosterone is considered normal for men. The brain and the testes work in tandem to regulate testosterone levels. The brain releases hormones that stimulate testosterone production, as well as a second hormone that regulates the release of testosterone. When testosterone levels are low, this system is disrupted, and this causes the symptoms of low T.

What causes low testosterone?

Low testosterone can be caused by a variety of conditions. Some examples include:

  • Hormonal disorders
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Chronic medical conditions (i.e. liver or kidney disease)
  • Medications (narcotics, chemotherapy)
  • Infections

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

Some symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Depression and irritability
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Low libido
  • Low energy
  • Infertility
  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle loss

How is low testosterone diagnosed?

Low T is diagnosed with a blood test. When you come into Innovative Health and Wellness, we can check your testosterone levels to determine whether or not they are normal. If they are below normal, we may suggest testosterone replacement therapy as a treatment.

What is testosterone replacement therapy?

Testosterone replacement therapy is a treatment for men with low testosterone using pellets, injections, patches, gels, oral pills, or implants to release synthetic testosterone into the body. At Innovative Health and Wellness in Buckhead, we use testosterone pellets to administer this treatment as we have found it to be the most effective.

What are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?

You can benefit from testosterone replacement therapy in the following ways:

  • Improved sexual function
  • Higher sexual desire
  • Better mood
  • More energy
  • Greater muscle strength
  • Decreased body fat

What are the risks of testosterone replacement therapy?

Like any medical treatment, testosterone replacement therapy comes with some risks. The potential side effects include:

  • Acne
  • More body hair
  • Sleep apnea
  • Increased red blood cell production
  • Prostate problems
  • Fluid retention

Who should not get testosterone replacement therapy?

If you identify with the symptoms of testosterone replacement therapy and are concerned that you may have it, contact Innovative Health and Wellness and we can help determine whether or not this treatment is right for you. In general, if you have any of the following medical conditions, you should NOT receive testosterone replacement therapy:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Heart failure
  • Erythrocytosis
  • Prostate cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Hyperviscosity

Do you have more questions about testosterone replacement therapy? We are more than happy to answer them for you! Contact us today to discuss with us whether or not testosterone replacement therapy is right for you.

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