Testosterone Replacement Therapy Specialist in Jacksonville, FL
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is a great method for individuals who are dealing with low testosterone and symptoms from low testosterone. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online.
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How long can you stay on testosterone replacement therapy?
What happens when you start testosterone replacement therapy?
What happens to testosterone levels with age?
Do naturally declining testosterone levels cause the signs and symptoms of aging?
Testosterone is a hormone that is produced in the body, in men primarily in the testicles. It helps to maintain bone density, muscle strength, facial and body hair, red blood cell production, fat distribution, sperm production, and sex drive.
There seems to be no clear consensus on the length of time that you should be on testosterone replacement therapy. This is why it is very important to talk with your provider about your treatment so that a proper plan can be created for you. It is generally understood that testosterone therapy is a treatment that will continue for the long term, possibly indefinitely. Since this is a chronic condition, stopping the therapy could bring your symptoms back as your testosterone levels fall back to where they were.
If you are prescribed testosterone treatments, you will probably see some changes, some big, some small, some pleasant, and some not-so-pleasant. You may not see all of the possible effects, however.
One of the first things to happen with low testosterone is a drop in the sex drive. When you start testosterone therapy, you may see your sex drive jump. In addition to the libido increasing, you may notice that there is a little more substance to your erections.
Low testosterone tends to make it difficult to keep muscle mass. Muscles are very responsive to testosterone treatments. It is common to see people increase muscle shortly after they start treatment. In addition to the increase in muscle, many men will notice some fat loss.
Men often notice that their energy levels increase when they start testosterone treatment. Researchers aren’t sure how testosterone plays a role in energy, but anecdotal evidence shows that it is present.
Another bonus effect is that mood can improve from the treatment. As in the energy levels, there is no definitive answer as to why this happens. But this seems to be one of the most profound benefits of testosterone treatment.
There may also be a few things that come with the therapy that isn’t so welcome. One of them is that your testicles may shrink. This is the most common unwanted side effect. Your pituitary gland is the controller of hormone production in the testicles. When it gets the signal that the testosterone level is correct from an outside source it tells the testicles to stop producing and they shut down production and go to sleep. The testicles also slow or stop the production of sperm when taking treatments. So, if you plan on having children, it may be best to not take testosterone treatments.
Another change that tends to take place is that the skin will change. This may be good or bad, it depends on you. You may develop more oil production in the skin and this can either make it oily and increase acne, or it may improve your skin if it is dry.
Testosterone levels tend to reach their peak during adolescence and early adulthood. With age, the testosterone levels decline, usually about 1% per year at around 30 or 40. As men age, it is important to know if their testosterone levels are at an acceptable level. If it is low, it needs to be determined if it is from the normal process of aging, or if it is due to disease, namely hypogonadism.
Hypogonadism inhibits the ability of the body to produce normal amounts of testosterone. Low levels caused by hypogonadism can be helped with treatment in the form of pellets, patches, injections, or gels.
Yes, declining testosterone levels can cause the signs and symptoms of aging. Testosterone is the hormone that is responsible for giving men their distinctly male attributes. Wrinkles, thinning hair, weight gain, and muscle loss are shown to be linked to decreased levels of testosterone. The decrease in sex drive that comes with age is directly connected to decreased levels of testosterone.
It is best to speak to a professional about the benefits and risks that testosterone therapy has and whether it would be a good fit for you. We serve patients from Jacksonville FL, Paxon FL, Arlington FL, Riverside FL, Lakeshore FL, and Crystal Springs FL.