Treatment of Low T

Men in many cases are unaware of the condition or that there is treatment options such as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). In general, men are reluctant to see any form of regular medical exams until well into their late 40’s or early 50’s. Usually they seek exams only if they have trouble with erectile dysfunction (ED), depression, or cardiac event. Often their primary care physician will only treat the symptoms with an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) for depression, Viagra (or similar medication) for the ED, and blood pressure/cholesterol medication for the cardiac event. In some cases the real underlying issue is Low T. Thanks to dedicated facilities the awareness of Hypogonadism has increased and any stigma associated with treatment is decreasing at a fantastic rate.

Benefits to Testosterone Replacement Therapy

  • Increase in lean muscle mass/decrease in belly fat
  • Increased energy
  • Increased libido
  • Positive outcomes in mood and ambition
  • Increase in metabolism
  • Increased bone mineral density
  • Thickened body hair and skin
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Improved sexual function
There have also been studies linking TRT to type II diabetes prevention.

Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

TRT can have side effects which is why it is important to seek treatment under the direction of a healthcare provider. General side effects include :
  • Increase in acne
  • Increase in estrogen levels
  • Mild fluid retention
  • Stimulation of prostate tissue with possible urination symptoms of decreased stream and frequency
  • Breast enlargement
  • Worsening of sleep apnea
  • Decreased sperm count and testicular size
  • Increased red blood cell count
The side effects can be controlled and minimized through medical supervision and treatment modification. Many of these symptoms are easily treatable with medication usually in the form of a generic estrogen blocker. These benefits and side effects will be discussed in greater detail on your initial office consultation. Men should not seek testosterone therapy if they are having trouble conceiving children and/or have prostate cancer.