Information About Testosterone
What exactly is it and why is it important?
Testosterone is a sex hormone present in both men and women. It is classified as an androgen due to the fact that it stimulates the development of many physical characteristics associated with adult males. Having adequate levels of this sex hormone can also improve libido, mood, cognitive function, bone density, muscle mass, insulin sensitivity, and anemia.
Where is it produced?
In men, the majority of it is produced by the testes, and in women, the ovaries. In both sexes, it is indirectly produced by the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands secrete sex hormone precursors, like DHEA and androstenedione, which eventually convert to testosterone
elsewhere in the body.
How do you measure it?
Blood testing is considered the gold standard in the evaluation of testosterone levels.
My doctor said my testosterone levels were normal. Why am I experiencing symptoms of low testosterone?
There is no definitive consensus among medical organizations when it comes to exact cut-off values for testosterone. However, the general range considered “normal” by most laboratories is between 250 ng/dL-1050 ng/dL for men, and 15 ng/dL-70 ng/dL for women. As you can see, this extremely large window would allow you to have just 1/3 of the testosterone as the guy sitting next to you, and still be considered normal. For this reason, physical symptoms need to be evaluated in conjunction with lab data when formulating a treatment plan.
Am I a candidate for Low-T therapy?
To determine if Low-T therapy is right for you, you should be evaluated by one of our medical professionals, who are specifically qualified to diagnose and treat hormonal imbalances. Based on laboratory data and physical symptoms you are experiencing, our doctor may prescribe you testosterone as part of your treatment plan.
What are the benefits?
If you are experiencing symptoms of low-T, direct replacement of the hormone is an excellent treatment option. Below is a list of benefits associated with low-t therapy:
- Increased muscle size and strength
- Reduced body fat
- Stronger bones
- Increased production of red blood cells
- Increased energy
- Improved mood
- Improved cognitive function
- Increased insulin sensitivity
- Enhanced libido and sexual performance
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
How is testosterone therapy administered?
Testosterone can be administered in a variety of ways, depending on patient preference. The most common method of administration is via intramuscular injection. The frequency will be determined by our doctor, however weekly or biweekly doses are generally prescribed.
Testosterone is also available in the form of creams, gels, and patches.
Are there any adverse effects to taking testosterone?
Most people on testosterone therapy do not experience any negative side effects. Most symptoms can be controlled through minor dose adjustments. Adverse effects can include:
- Injection site/topical skin reactions (pain, redness, itching)
- Fluid retention
- Increased urination
- Mood swings, aggression, irritability
- Increased estrogen levels
If you require additional information about your medication, give us a call today at 561-243-1219.