ONLY MEN WITH SYMPTOMS OF LOW-T
SHOULD CONSIDER TESTOSTERONE THERAPY
IF YOUR TESTOSTERONE IS LOW WHY NOT REPLACE IT?
Testosterone replacement therapy can have side effects, and the long-term risks and benefits should be considered.
SUBTLE SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE
The symptoms of low testosterone are often overlooked as signs of aging.
Testosterone levels decline naturally in men as they age over decades, and symptoms may appear slowly.
LOW TESTOSTERONE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:
- Low sex drive (libido)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fatigue and poor energy level
- Difficulty concentrating
- Low sense of well-being
FORMS OF TESTOSTERONE SUPPLEMENTS
SKIN PATCH (TRANSDERMAL): A skin patch worn on the arm or upper body. It's applied once a day.
WHY NOT A SIMPLE TESTOSTERONE PILL?
Oral testosterone is available. However, some experts believe oral testosterone can have negative effects on the liver. Using other methods, such as skin patches, gels, orally disintegrating tablets, or injections, bypasses the liver and gets testosterone into the blood directly.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM TESTOSTERONE TREATMENT?
It's impossible to predict, because every man is different. Many men report improvement in energy level, sex drive, and quality of erections. Testosterone also increases bone density, muscle mass, and helps improve obesity and insulin sensitivity in some men.
Men also often report an improvement in mood from testosterone replacement. Whether these effects are barely noticeable, or a major boost, is highly individualized.
TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT VS. STEROIDS
Isn't taking testosterone replacement basically the same as taking steroids? It's true that anabolic steroids used by some bodybuilders and athletes contain testosterone or chemicals that act like testosterone.
The difference is that a physician prescribed dose used in testosterone therapy only achieve physiologic (natural) levels of the hormone in the blood. The testosterone forms some athletes use illegally are in much higher doses, and often combined ("stacked") with other substances that boost the overall muscle-building (anabolic) effect. This however is usually not monitored by a qualified physician and often leads to complications later in life.