Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Right for You?
The Subtle Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone Levels
The signs and symptoms of low testosterone are often obvious. However, they also can be very subtle. Testosterone levels do naturally decline in men as they age over many years. Yet certain conditions can also lead to an abnormally low testosterone level. Symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Decreased muscle mass
- Difficulty concentrating Depression
- Low sense of well-being
If men have low testosterone symptoms and their blood tests show they have observably low testosterone levels. Treatment may be indicated. For many men who have low testosterone levels but no signs or symptoms, treatment may not be recommended. It is not approved for treating men with low levels simply because of aging.
Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
What can you expect from testosterone therapy? Because every man is different it is difficult to predict. The majority of men report an improvement in their energy level, sex drive, and the quality of their erections. Testosterone also improves bone density, observed muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity in some males.
An improvement in mood is often observed in men undergoing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Whether the mood improvement is barely noticeable or boost significantly is highly individualized.
Risks of Testosterone Therapy
The observed side effects of testosterone replacement therapy most often include rash, itching, or irritation at the site where the testosterone is applied.
However, there is also some possible evidence of a potential increased risk of heart attack or stroke associated with testosterone use. Experts emphasize that long-term testosterone therapy's benefits and risks are unknown because large clinical trials haven't yet been done.
Should you talk to our doctor about testosterone replacement therapy?
If you are evaluating whether testosterone therapy might be right for you, talk with Doctor Sam about the risks and benefits. He will measure your testosterone levels before suggesting testosterone therapy.