Low testosterone and its treatment

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Low testosterone and its treatment

During this article we are going to look at everything that has to do with low testosterone, including causes, symptoms, treatment options, and benefits and risks of treatment. So if you or anyone you know thinks you are suffering from low testosterone, this article will do great wonders for you.

What Is Low Testosterone?

Testosterone works to maintain fat distribution, bone density, sex drive, sperm production, red blood cell production, and muscle strength and mass in men.

 

The standard levels of testosterone range between 300 and 1000 nanograms per deciliter. However, millions of men around the world suffer from low testosterone, which is also known as “Low T”. In this case a man’s testosterone levels are below the normal range.

Low testosterone is caused by a disease known as hypogonadism, which prevents the normal production of testosterone due to problems with the pituitary gland or testicles.

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What Are The Symptoms Of Low Testosterone?

There are several physical, sexual, and emotional symptoms that will serve as an indication of low testosterone, and these include the following:

Lower sex drive, poorer performance in bed, increased fatigue, decreased motivation, infertility, sleep disturbances, insomnia, increased body fat, reduced strength and muscle mass, decreased bone density, body hair loss, tender breasts, depression, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating.

 

 

How Do You Treat Low Testosterone?

Men suffering from low testosterone can undergo Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), which comes in the form of pellets, injections, patches, and gels. Each of the TRT options can return testosterone levels to the normal range by reversing hypogonadism, but each therapy option has its own drawbacks.

  1. Testosterone replacement injections: TRT taken via injections is an inexpensive way of increasing your T levels. Injections are taken once every one or two weeks, however your testosterone levels may be out of control right before and right after each injection.
  2. Testosterone replacement gels: This easy to administer testosterone replacement therapy urges you to apply gel on your shoulders and arms at the same time each day. However, the treatment is costly, may cause skin and eye irritation, and may be rubbed onto a secondary individual.
  3. Testosterone replacement patch: A testosterone patch is applied to the skin every night where it will remain for 24 hours. This patch should be placed on non-hairy body parts, and it should be moved each night. However, patches may lead to irritation if your skin is sensitive.
  4. Testosterone replacement pellets: A testosterone pellet is placed against your gum and under your upper lip, where it will mold itself to your upper gum so that you can eat, drink and speak with ease. Pellets are replaced after 12 hours, however they may cause gum irritation, toothaches, as well as being bitter to taste.

What Are The Benefits Of Testosterone Therapy?

Undergoing testosterone therapy provides you with several benefits, the most obvious being an increase in your T levels.

Other associated benefits include reduced fat mass due to the buildup of muscle mass, prevention of osteoporosis due to increased bone density, reduced chance of diabetes due to improved blood sugar control, improved moods, higher energy levels, increased sexual response, and improved cardiovascular health.

What Are The Risks Of Testosterone Therapy?

As I had mentioned above, testosterone replacement therapy has a number of drawbacks associated with it. Below are a few risks you should be aware of before you undergo testosterone therapy.

  1. TRT may cause sleep apnea, which is a serious sleep disorder where breathing starts and tops repeatedly
  2. TRT has been shown to increase a man’s chance of heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in a deep vein), strokes, and pulmonary embolism caused by the aforementioned blood clots
  3. TRT has been proven to cause skin reactions, including acne
  4. Testosterone therapy can cause enlarged breasts
  5. Testosterone replacement therapy can also limit your sperm production, while causing your testicles to shrink
  6. Though research is still ongoing, TRT is believed to stimulate benign growth in the prostate, as well as stimulating existing prostate cancer
  7. Though person-to-person testosterone gel transfer is rare, women and children who come into contact with this gel may experience side effects like premature puberty and hair growth

Conclusion

As you can see, low testosterone is a serious and prevalent problem that all men should be aware of. Thankfully, if you are suffering from Low T there are treatments that you can take advantage of, and in my opinion the benefits of these treatments outweigh the risks they pose.