Testosterone Replacement or Testosterone Boosters, It’s not Just for Men
If you have Low T, you will receive one of 3 treatments: Testosterone Booster, Testosterone Replacement or Both. It HAS to be individualized or you can end up with bad consequences.
Millions of men suffer from the symptoms of low testosterone. Erectile dysfunction, low energy levels, and decreased muscles mass are just three ways that low testosterone can derail your quality of life.
To many people’s surprise, post-menopausal women can also feel the effects of low T. Fewer sexual urges, mental fogginess, and decreased bone mass are just three ways that low testosterone can negatively impact women.
Another overlooked group of people are those taking chronic opioid treatment, heroin addicts and alcoholics. All have high prevalence of low testosterone.
Thankfully, testosterone replacement therapy, along with medications like hcg and clomiphene, can help you reclaim your body and your mind. The result? You can get back to living the life you deserve. And we will make it very convenient with as little as 4 annual visits per year instead of 52 appointments like other clinics.
Do You Have Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
Sexual Performance Issues in Men
Testosterone plays a crucial role in a man’s ability to want and have fulfilling sexual relations. With low T, the desire to have sex can plummet. While other factors, such as stress and lack of sleep, can also take a toll on your libido, low testosterone can have a disproportionate impact on sexual desire.
Testosterone also plays a role in other aspects of sexual enjoyment. More than half of all men ages 40 to 70 experience some form of erectile dysfunction, but men under 40 aren’t immune. In fact, close to 10 percent of younger men struggle with ED. Health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can also contribute to erectile dysfunction, but even then, low testosterone can act as the tipping point. In fact, studies have demonstrated that up to a third of men with ED also have low testosterone.
If you have a decrease in libido (sex drive) or your erections are less strong, testosterone replacement therapy or clomiphene can help.
Menopause Issues in Women
Testosterone is viewed as the “male” hormone, but women have testosterone, too. Like men, women’s levels of testosterone taper off with age. Because the ovaries produce testosterone, menopause slows its production to a crawl. Low T in women can have a number of implications, some of which are similar to men’s symptoms. For example, low testosterone can both lower the frequency of a woman’s sexual desire and the level of her sexual desire or interest. It can also inhibit the frequency and level of sexual arousal, and inhibit her ability to experience and maintain vaginal lubrication and reach orgasm. As a result, a woman can experience less satisfaction around the amount of emotional closeness during sex with her partner, with her sexual relationship more generally, and with her overall sex life.
Menopausal and post-menopausal women’s spiraling testosterone can also accelerate weight gain and change weight distribution. Testosterone is one of the body’s mechanisms that regulates muscle vs. fat, so if the extra weight accumulates at your waist and belly, low T could be the culprit.
Women who have experienced pregnancy know “baby brain” all too well; low testosterone production during and after menopause can have a similar effect. Mental fogginess is both frustrating and can keep you from enjoying life to the fullest.
Whether you’re going through menopause or whether menopause is in the rear view mirror, you may be suffering from low testosterone levels. Testosterone replacement therapy for women can help relieve these and other menopausal symptoms.
Low Energy and Depression
Testosterone does so much more than fuel sexual desire. When men’s and women’s hormone levels are out of balance, energy plummets. People who previously hit the ground running each day may begin to feel as though they have to crawl out of bed or find that they’re falling asleep after dinner. The couch begins to look more appealing than an evening out with friends. In the worst cases, low T levels contribute to chronic fatigue syndrome.
Having a lack of energy is different from suffering from clinical depression, but the first can lead to the second. In fact, men with low T have a much higher incidence of depression. It’s unclear whether a lack of the hormone causes depression, or if the range of symptoms triggered by low testosterone leads people to feel depressed.
If you’re dragging through your day, have noticed a decreased enjoyment of life, are sad or grumpy, or are feeling down about sexual performance or other issues, it may be time to check your testosterone levels. Testosterone replacement therapy can rebalance your hormones and, in the process, boost your energy and your mood.
Decreased Muscle and Bone Mass
A men age, their muscle mass decreases. This is because, starting at the age of 30, men’s testosterone levels lower by about 1% each year. As a result, a man’s physicality can profoundly change. He may lose height. He may gain fat, particularly around the abdomen, while losing muscle. He may experience enlarged breasts (a condition called gynecomastia), which is more common that assumed. In fact, at least 25% of men ages 50-69 are affected, but younger men can suffer from gynecomastia as well. He may also start to lose body and facial hair.
Bone mass also decreases with low T. For both men and women, low bone density translates to an increased incidence of osteoporosis and a higher risk of bone fractures. In men, osteoporosis is almost always caused by a testosterone deficiency.
Aside from physical changes, people with low testosterone my notice a recent deterioration in their ability to play sports, or a decrease in strength or endurance. Those with physical jobs might notice a recent deterioration in work performance.
Testosterone replacement therapy can help increase muscle mass lost from aging or from other conditions, and can boost bone mass and lessen osteoporosis risk. In the process, changes to physical appearance may also begin to reverse.
Solutions to Low Testosterone
For many people with low testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy is life changing. Low T therapy can take many forms. Testosterone or an androgen analog can be injected directly into a muscle. It can be administered as a mouth patch that is affixed to the gums twice a day, or as a skin patch applied to the upper arm once a day. Testosterone replacement therapy is also available as a gel for the skin, as a nasal spray, or as a pellet inserted in the soft tissues.
For some patients, testosterone and androgens might not be the best solution. For those with borderline low T, for example, a testosterone booster like clomiphene might be a better option. The same may hold true for younger men who wish to have children, since testosterone lowers sperm count but clomiphene or hcg increases both sperm count and the volume of semen.
We’re Here to Help
I understand that low testosterone can lead to a range of distressing symptoms we’re committed to helping you reclaim your health and well-being. I start by listening carefully to your symptoms and asking the questions that matter. Next, I’ll test your testosterone levels and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Then, I’ll explain your options and what you can expect during the course of treatment. Needless to say, we’ll follow up to ensure that you’re getting the results you need.
If you’re ready to take the first step towards reclaiming your body, book an appointment today.