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Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone is essential for muscle and bone health, cognition, red blood cell production and sperm formation in males. Low levels are associated with symptoms such as fatigue, loss of libido, decreased strength and bone density, difficulty sleeping, and mood changes. Testosterone can be naturally produced by the body or added via prescription medications such as anti-estrogens, steroids, and progestins. Some men may be genetically prone to low testosterone, and other factors such as diabetes and obesity can also cause it. AHN physicians offer a variety of ways to reintroduce the hormone to the body. This includes topical gels, skin patches, injections, and pellet implants.Source

A man on TRT will need to see his doctor frequently, typically every 6-12 months, to check his circulating levels. He will also need a prostate screen (PSA) and a urinalysis. These can be done in the office.

Beyond the Basics: Understanding the Nuances of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Many men on TRT will experience a boost in energy and libido, as well as an increase in erection quality. Other benefits can include increased bone density and muscle mass, better insulin sensitivity, less depression, and improved sleep. Every patient is unique and will see different results.

While research is ongoing, multiple studies have linked high concentrations of the hormone to a higher risk of heart problems in some people. For this reason, the FDA requires that prescription testosterone products clearly state a possible increase in the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The article points out that most men who take TRT do not have their hormone levels tested before starting the medication and often don’t tell their doctors about previous cardiovascular issues or family history.