Testosterone Replacement For Men

Testosterone replacement therapy may have many health benefits for older men that are deficient in the hormone. The goal of testosterone treatment is to restore the hormone level back to the normal range. Symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Low sex drive (libido)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue and poor energy level
  • Increased risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Low sense of well-being

Testosterone replacement therapy can:

  • Improve psychological well-being and mood
  • Improve erectile dysfunction
  • Improve libido
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Increase strength
  • Preserve bone mass
  • Decrease cardiovascular risk factors
  • Impact obesity and insulin sensitivity

Talking with your doctor or pharmacist is the only way to know if testosterone therapy is right for you. For men who have low testosterone levels, but no symptoms, no treatment is currently recommended.

Testosterone replacement therapy is available in many forms:

  • Transdermal cream or gel prepared by a compounding pharmacy using bio-identical testosterone
  • Skin patch
  • Gels
  • Injections
  • Oral pills and capsules – Not a preferred method. It can have negative effects on the liver. Using other dosage forms, such as transdermal creams or skin patches, bypasses the liver and puts the testosterone directly into the blood.

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