Male Testosterone Replacement Therapy Guide:
You see the commercials on tv and hear about “low T solutions” on the radio, but what exactly is testosterone replacement therapy and how does it affect the body?
Let’s start by definition–What is testosterone?
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. In male humans, testosterone plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues such as testes and prostate, as well as promoting secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle and bone mass, and the growth of body hair. Beyond sex drive and fertility, testosterone levels help maintain lean body mass, red blood cell production and mood.
Symptoms of Low T or Low Testosterone:
Throughout the aging process men may notice unwanted symptoms such as lack of energy or low sex drive. These symptoms may be caused by the grind of everyday life or they may be related to low testosterone levels.
Men who have low testosterone levels may experience symptoms of:
- Fatigue or weakness
- Irritability and getting upset quickly
- Depression or mood swings
- Low sex drive or lack of desire
- Erectile dysfunction
- Feeling unable to perform
- Inability to focus
- Decreased muscle mass
- Weak or achy bones
- Thinning or loss of hair
Solutions for testosterone replacement therapy?
After working with your physician and determining that hormone replacement therapy is right for you there may be several options or methods to try. One method includes commercially available medications. If these are not effective, then a compounded solution may be right for you. Compounded options for testosterone replacement therapy may include testosterone cream, gels, injectable, or troches.
Creams and gels are applied and absorbed directly through the skin. Typically they are available in a measured dosage form or pump dispenser and it is applied to the upper arms and shoulders.
Testosterone can be administered through a shot directly into the muscle and the body slowly absorbs the hormone.
Troches are another method of treatment in which a small lozenge is placed between the cheek and gum. Testosterone is then absorbed through the oral tissues of your mouth.
Every patient is different and one dosage form may be better than another depending on a patient’s physiology, abilities or lifestyle. Consult your physician or contact the experts at Shertech Pharmacy about the different medications available and which suits you best.