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Testosterone is the fundamental male hormone that heavily influences muscle development, bone strength and density, the development of facial and body hair and, of course, sexual development and libido.
As men age testosterone production slows down and by the time they reach middle age many men experience a shortfall of testosterone. Other factors can cause a reduction in testosterone too, but regardless of the cause, a testosterone shortage can produce a variety of negative health effects.
Warning Signs of Low Testosterone Levels
As testosterone production wanes the body gives off numerous signals that all is not right. It is important that you know what to look for so that you can seek out appropriate treatment. Some of the warning signs of low testosterone levels include:
- Changes to sexual function: Testosterone is one of the driving forces behind male sexuality. When testosterone levels decline you may experience reduced libido, ED, fewer instances of “morning wood”, infertility and more.
- Body changes: Low testosterone and obesity walk hand in hand. In addition to increased body fat, low testosterone may also cause reduced muscle mass, “man boobs”, a loss of body hair and reduced energy levels.
- Mental and emotional changes: Low testosterone levels can cause a loss of self-confidence, depression, loss of concentration, moodiness, decreased motivation and memory loss.
It is not always clear whether these conditions result from low testosterone or are the cause of low testosterone. Therefore, it’s important that you seek medical advice before engaging in Testosterone Replacement Therapy.
About Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone Replacement Therapy, or TRT, is designed to compensate for low testosterone caused by aging, illness, medications, or other causes.
Types of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
TRT may take any one of the following forms.
- Injections: Injections were the original form of TRT and are still in widespread use today. Testosterone injections are usually given in the thigh or hip, occasionally the buttocks.
- Gels: A testosterone gel is applied to the skin just like a moisturizer. Over time the testosterone is absorbed into the body. There are several different brands of gel on the market including AndroGel and Testim.
- Patches: A testosterone patch is similar to a nicotine patch in that both are attached directly to the skin and slowly release their contents. 1 testosterone patch typically lasts 24 hours.
- Pellets: Testosterone pellets are implanted beneath the skin and slowly release their testosterone over the course of 3 to 6 months.
- Pills: Testosterone pills are not as popular as other forms of Testosterone Replacement Therapy because they must be metabolized through the liver.
- Nasal gels: With nasal gels, testosterone is pumped into the nasal cavity where it is quickly absorbed by the body.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy: Benefits
The benefits of TRT include:
- Enhanced libido and sexual function
- Greater energy, more effective workouts
- Stronger bones and greater bone mineral density
- Enhanced cognitive function
- Improved muscle mass, greater strength
- Enhanced quality of life
Millions of men rely on TRT to help restore their sex drive, strength, endurance and self-confidence and to optimize their workouts.