You may have questions about whether testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is safe, effective, or right for you. There is a good deal of misinformation out in the news today about the ill-effects of hormone therapy, so what’s a man to do when low testosterone is the diagnosis?
First, it’s important to explore all of your health care options with a qualified medical professional. The men’s health specialists at Men’s Health Memorial provide patients with all the facts about TRT, how it can improve their quality of life, and the benefits versus any risks.
Is TRT Right for You?
Of course, the decision to start TRT is an individual one that should be evaluated thoroughly by a physician. At Men’s Health Memorial, this decision begins with a comprehensive medical exam that includes a medical history and bloodwork so that we have a complete health picture. Our focus is on overall wellness and we take an integrated approach to care, meaning we look at the big picture before moving ahead with TRT. This includes assessing the levels of free testosterone in the body as well as any risk factors for prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Benefits Vs. Risks
Speaking of cardiovascular health, studies have shown the benefits of testosterone replacement on heart health. One study, for example, looked at how low testosterone in men may increase their risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD), metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes, touting the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy on these serious medical conditions in older men.
Other benefits of TRT include:
- An increase in energy and stamina
- A restored sex drive
- Improvement in and/or cure for erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Increased muscle mass and overall bone density
- Better moods and diminished feelings of depression
Over time, TRT replenishes your body’s testosterone levels to improve health and overall wellness. Most men start feeling the benefits in as little as one month.
TRT and Side Effects
While the risks are minimal for a healthy man when testosterone replacement therapy is given by an experienced medical provider, men should understand that, as in any medical therapy, there can be side effects. Side effects of a testosterone dose that is too high can include enlarged breasts and acne. Men who have cardiovascular disease or other medical conditions may not be candidates for hormone replacement due to the potential for health complications.
Monitoring of Dosage is Critical
Taking testosterone replacement into your own hands through over-the-counter patches or creams is never recommended. Injections given at a licensed men’s health clinic such as Men’s Health Memorial can be carefully monitored for the correct dosage and any adverse side effects. TRT is not a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why we monitor blood testosterone levels closely to ensure the right dosage. The dose and frequency of TRT are adjusted as needed to provide patients with optimal results. This regular blood testing and monitoring of overall health ensure that hormone therapy is safe and effective.
Are you ready to start feeling more like yourself again? Call us today to schedule your free low T assessment at 832-900-2427 or get in touch with us online.