If you aren’t feeling like the man you once were, it may be due to low testosterone, and testosterone replacement therapy may help.
What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is the main hormone responsible for the onset of puberty in boys and the development of secondary sex characteristics in men. In adults, testosterone is responsible for not only a man’s sex drive but also the maintenance of many aspects of the male body, including muscle mass, bone density, and facial and body hair.
Testosterone levels typically peak in your late teens and remain at high levels until they begin to drop in the 30s. The drop in levels, thereafter, should be gradual — only about 1% per year through the 30s and 40s — and the related changes you experience should also be slow and steady.
If you have sudden changes in your mood, sex drive, energy levels, or general health at any age, unnaturally low testosterone levels may be the culprit. In many of these cases, testosterone replacement therapy can help you feel more like the man you once were.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
The symptoms of low testosterone aren’t hard to see but they are frequently chalked up to the normal aging process. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is worth a consultation with a Phoenix men’s health specialist.
The symptoms you should look out for include:
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- An increase in body fat deposits
- Low energy levels
- Depression and mood changes
- Decreased muscle mass and strength
The symptoms of low testosterone and having low testosterone are often regarded as inevitable. But, this isn’t necessarily the case, and regardless of your age, expertly monitored testosterone replacement therapy may be able to alleviate these symptoms. The first step is a blood test to determine exactly where your testosterone and the hormones that impact testosterone are.
Testing for Low Testosterone
Finding out if your testosterone levels are low is as easy as a simple blood test. In many cases, it can be done in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Concierge doctor’s groups like Men’s Revival in Scottsdale, Arizona specialize in making the testing for and treatment of low testosterone as painless as possible. No need to visit an office or clinic for this problem ever again. They offer online and flexible scheduling and telemedicine doctor’s visits.
Once you’ve talked to an expert about your symptoms, you can schedule a blood test to measure testosterone level at home or the doctor’s office. If your levels are found to be low, testosterone replacement therapy may be the answer.
Causes of Low T
While testosterone naturally declines as you get older, other health conditions can cause low testosterone, or low T.
Your body has a complex hormone system that makes testosterone. The hypothalamus and the pituitary glands in your brain release hormones that stimulate cells in your testicles to make and release testosterone. Problems in the brain or testicles can cause low T.
Primary hypogonadism, also called primary testicular failure, is a direct problem with the testicles that causes low T production. A few conditions can cause primary hypogonadism, including:
- Undescended testicle: This happens when one or both testicles don’t move into their permanent place before or after birth. If an undescended testicle is left untreated, it can cause lower testosterone levels.
- Mumps orchitis: A mumps infection can damage your testicles and cause problems making testosterone.
- Klinefelter syndrome: This genetic condition causes men to have an extra X chromosome. It leads to irregular testicle growth and not enough testosterone.
- Hemochromatosis: This occurs when you have too much iron in your blood, which can cause testicle damage.
- Testicle injury or surgery: These can damage your testicles and lead to testosterone problems.
- Cancer treatment: Radiation and chemotherapy can disrupt testosterone production. It is usually temporary, but sometimes your body can’t restore itself after treatment. If prostate cancer, once treated and cleared by urology, testosterone can restore your manhood typically without risk.
In secondary hypogonadism, your testicles may be normal, but they don’t work properly because of a problem with your brain. These types of conditions include:
- Kallmann syndrome: In this genetic condition, the hypothalamus in the brain isn’t formed properly. This causes problems with hormone secretion and low testosterone.
- Brain tumor: A tumor on or near the pituitary gland in your brain can cause problems making testosterone.
- HIV: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can affect your testicles, pituitary, and hypothalamus, and it can cause low T.
- Stress: High stress levels lead to high levels of the cortisol hormone. This can suppress hypothalamus activity and affect your testosterone.
- Head injury: A serious traumatic brain injury will lead to problems with hormone secretion.
- Opioid pain medication: Opioid medications block your hypothalamus from releasing hormones and your testicles from synthesizing testosterone. Chronic opioid use will always lead to low T. Once in recovery, iot is regarded as a mainstay to get testosterone replacement to feel great again.
Some other conditions and factors can also result in low testosterone, such as:
- Chronic intense exercise without proper recovery
- Excessive and dramatic rapid weight loss
- Underactive thyroid
- Sleep deprivation
- Nutritional deficiencies in zinc, selenium, omega fatty acids, as well as other nutrients
Men’s Revival Testosterone Therapy in Phoenix, AZ
Testosterone replacement therapy is exactly what it sounds like. Using one of several different options, including pills and injections, testosterone is reintroduced to the body. After the levels of the hormone in your body have been increased to the correct levels and the body has begun to adjust, you should begin to see improvements in your symptoms within two to six weeks.
Men’s Revival has made testosterone replacement therapy accessible to anyone in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Once the blood work is complete, you’ll meet with the doctor either in their office or via a video conference. Here you’ll discuss your treatment options, and if necessary, the doctor will give you a prescription.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, testosterone level, and any other health concerns, you may receive a prescription for oral medication or injection. Either way, your prescription will be shipped directly to your door, without the need to stand in line or be embarrassed at your local pharmacy.
If injections are part of your treatment plan, a health professional will be sent to your home or wherever you choose to receive treatment to give you the medication. Even the injection itself is relatively painless because it is given using microneedles so small that you’ll barely feel them entering your skin.
Men’s Revival’s plan for your hormone replacement therapy doesn’t end there. Regular blood tests and consultations ensure that your testosterone levels reach and stay at normal levels for your age and health status. They also ensure that your testosterone levels stay steady, without the peaks and valleys sometimes associated with hormone replacement therapy.
Ups and downs in your testosterone levels can lead to mood swings and the return of symptoms. To minimize this, Men’s Revival offers low dose injections twice a week that provides your body with stable levels all the time. Also, part of the plan is their Men’s Revival Exclusive Supplements, which synergistically works with and complements your testosterone replacement therapy and improves your overall health and vitality by optimizing nutrition, optimizing sleep and reducing inflammation.
Low testosterone levels can affect your love life, your outlook on life, and your health in general. There is no need to simply accept these symptoms. Reach out to the experts at Men’s Revival to see if testosterone replacement therapy is the solution you’ve been looking for.
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Safe?
Testosterone therapy, which can also be called hormone replacement therapy, is safe and effective when used as prescribed by your doctor for low testosterone.
Some people want testosterone to relieve general symptoms, but testosterone replacement is best only when your levels are below normal. Sometimes your symptoms might be caused by other problems, which is why Men’s Revival experts in AZ test and assess to make sure this is a good fit for you and to set your individual treatment plan.
While hormone replacement doesn’t treat the underlying cause, it does replace missing hormones your body needs. Without proper testosterone you create other major issues, so HRT is still a preventative strategy. If you don’t have enough testosterone, HRT is critical to manage symptoms, and to prevent brain, body, and sexual changes.
Side Effects of TRT
Like all medications, you can experience some side effects from TRT, or testosterone replacement therapy. A small amount of men might have side effects such as:
- Breast swelling or tenderness
- Digestive upset
- Swelling in your ankles
- Disrupted breathing during sleep
- Risk of blood clots
The only absolute contraindication to TRT is breast cancer or prostate cancer. Other side effects could be worsened sleep apnea of higher concentration of red blood cells. Management of estrogen levels are also important to prevent breast enlargement. All of these things can be avoided or treated with an expert TRT physician.
If you have low blood levels of testosterone, the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy usually outweigh the risks. Men’s Revival Arizona TRT experts educate you on risks, what to watch out for, and when to speak to your doctor. We’re one of the leading groups for Arizona TRT.
How Much Does TRT Cost?
Testosterone replacement therapy costs vary depending on the type of testosterone medication you need and whether you can get a generic form.
At our Men’s Revival clinic in Arizona, TRT services start with a free consultation and blood work. From there, we decide on the best treatment plan for you. Our packages start at $150 per month and can be customized.
Is Testosterone Therapy Covered by Insurance?
If you have insurance, testosterone replacement for a medical condition is likely covered. Depending on your insurance, you might only have to pay part of the cost of your HRT medication.
Sometimes our doctors might recommend other supplements to complement your testosterone replacement therapy treatment plan. These might not be covered by your insurance and can include:
- B12 injections
- Energy and wellness IVs