Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) Specialist Q&A
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is available at North Tex MedCare Clinic and Urgent Care so that you can get back to living life to its fullest again. Contact us or book an appointment online today if you are looking for a TRT treatment and specialist. We are open 7 days a week. We have convenient locations to serve you in Allen TX, Fort Worth TX, San Antonio TX, and Addison TX.
Table of Contents:
What is testosterone replacement therapy?
What is the main cause of low testosterone?
What are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?
How long should you stay on testosterone replacement therapy?
Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles. Testosterone helps maintain your bone density, fat distribution, muscle strength and mass, facial and body hair, sex drive, as well as sperm production. Testosterone levels generally peak during adolescence and early adulthood, then at age 30 to 40, levels decline typically by about one percent a year. Research suggests that one out of four men over the age 30 have low testosterone levels, but less than 5 percent are diagnosed and treated for the condition. The symptoms of Low Testosterone (low-T) can be hard for any man to experience. Physical symptoms include erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, lack of energy, fatigue, decreased endurance, muscle weakness, loss of strength, aches and muscle pains, deterioration in work and sports, weight gain, and increased hair loss. Psychological symptoms include low sex drive, decreased motivation, low self-esteem, decreased enjoyment of life, depression, irritability, anxiety, mood swings, and brain fog.
But don’t despair – testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT, is available and is now most often prescribed for a condition called age-related hypogonadism, a disorder in which the body has little or no ability to produce testosterone. TRT may mean a return of energy levels back to normal, and a restored sex drive, and it may also help in the build-up of muscle mass.
TRT is an FDA approved therapy and helps treat male hypogonadism (low testosterone or “low-T”), a condition in which the body fails to make enough hormones because of a problem with the testicles, pituitary gland or brain. Men use testosterone products, like patches, gels, pills, injections or creams, to help with fatigue, erectile dysfunction and loss of sex drive – a reality as we age. TRT works by giving the body the testosterone it requires to function properly. Testosterone is the primary androgen in males (and females) and has an impact on many biological processes that are necessary for one’s health and longevity. For example, low-T is related to an increased risk of type-2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and a number of other debilitating health conditions. Additionally, having low-T also makes it significantly harder to build (and retain) muscle mass, since testosterone is a potent anabolic hormone and directly impacts muscle protein synthesis. Naturally, if your body does not produce enough testosterone by itself, your health will start to suffer until you find a solution. The good news is that TRT works by bringing your body back to a healthy range for testosterone, which then slowly begins to reverse the symptoms of low-T. When a steady baseline dose of testosterone has been identified with TRT, many men notice a significant improvement in their energy levels, vitality, and quality of life.
Testosterone deficiency syndrome and hypogonadism are other terms that are also used to describe testosterone levels that have dropped. Some men have low testosterone levels most of their lives, while others develop it later on in life. There are two key types of hypogonadism: primary and secondary. Primary hypogonadism is either inherited or occurs following an illness or injury. This is a testicular problem and hypogonadism can be caused by testicles that fail to descend at birth, having high levels of iron, or when boys and men are born with an extra chromosome, known as Klinefelter syndrome. Secondary hypogonadism happens when certain parts of the brain, like the pituitary gland, which produces hormones, or the hypothalamus, which helps regulate hormones, are damaged. Factors related to secondary hypogonadism are age, higher levels of body fat, and autoimmune diseases.
Bigger, faster, and stronger – this is how many men describe the benefits of TRT. Testosterone plays a major role in men’s muscle mass and bones, facial and public hair, sex drive, mood and quality of life, and verbal memory and thinking ability. According to medical professionals, TRT has a number of benefits, which include improved cardiovascular and endothelial health, improved lean muscle mass, increased bone density and strength, better cognition memory, restored libido and virality, enhanced mood and sense of well-being, and improved sexual performance.
For most men, TRT is a gradual process that has no real timeframe, however, most men will likely see positive results within the first three to six months. The majority of men on TRT often report the easing of symptoms much sooner, in as little as three to six weeks. If you are concerned about low testosterone, then we encourage you to reach out to our team of medical professionals today at North Tex MedCare Clinic and Urgent Care. We are here to discuss TRT and all its benefits so that you can get back to living life to its fullest again. We serve patients from Allen TX, Fort Worth TX, San Antonio TX, Addison TX, Plano TX, Frisco TX, Terrell Hills TX, Carrollton TX, Richardson TX, China Grove TX, Farmers Branch TX, Hebron TX, Forest Hill TX, Leon Valley TX, Fairview TX, Parker TX, Lucas TX and BEYOND.
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