A lack of energy, loss of libido, weight gain, fatigue and even more serious issues such as depression and anxiety may be linked to hormone imbalance.
If you’ve experienced any of the above symptoms, you may be an ideal candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone is one of the most important sex hormone (otherwise known as androgens) produced in the male body. It is the hormone that is primarily involved with many of the most prominent masculine attributes and is essential for a variety of healthy bodily functions.
- 1 Testosterone and Its Function
- 2 Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- 3 What to Look Out For
- 4 Diagnosing Low Testosterone
- 5 Recommending Testosterone Therapy
- 6 Benefits of Treatment
- 7 Treatment
- 8 Results
- 9 TRT Cost
- 10 FAQs
- 10.1 What are the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy?
- 10.2 Do any testosterone boosters really work?
- 10.3 What are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?
- 10.4 How long does it take to feel the effects of testosterone injections?
- 10.5 What is the average testosterone level by age?
Testosterone and Its Function
At puberty, testosterone stimulates the physical changes that characterise the adult male, such as enlargement of the penis and testes, growth of facial and pubic hair, deepening of the voice, an increase in muscle mass and strength, and growth in height. Throughout adult life, testosterone helps maintain sex drive, the production of sperm cells, male hair patterns, muscle mass and bone mass.
In women, testosterone also plays an important role. Testosterone for one is the precursor to estrogen, so without Testosterone there would be no “woman”. Testosterone also plays a huge part in a woman’s energy, libido and mood.
It is common for testosterone to decline with age.
Hormone levels reach their peak at age 20 and decline from that point on. When you are in your thirties and forties, your testosterone level will start to decline at 1 percent a year. This is normal and due to aging. However, the source of low testosterone for some men may be due to hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is when the body cannot produce the normal amount of testosterone for the age and health of the individual. This is caused by a problem with the testicles or pituitary gland (the pituitary gland controls the testicles). TRT is a great solution for men who have to live with this disease.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Signs of low testosterone in men may include decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction (ED), lowered sperm count or increased breast size. Men also may have symptoms similar to those seen during menopause in women – hot flashes, increased irritability, inability to concentrate and depression.
Some men may have a prolonged and severe decrease in testosterone production. As a result, they may experience loss of body hair and reduced muscle mass, their bones may be more brittle and prone to fracture, and their testes may become smaller and softer.
In younger men, low testosterone production may reduce the development of body and facial hair, muscle mass and genitals. In addition, their voices also may fail to deepen. Women may experience a decrease in sex drive, lack of energy, decreased “enjoyment of life”, and even depression.
What to Look Out For
- Restless sleep
- Difficulty focusing
- Low self-confidence
- Early osteoporosis or other signs that your muscle and bone mass are declining
- Weight gain
- Gynecomastia (hormone imbalance contributes to swollen breast tissue)
- Hot flashes
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fewer spontaneous erections
Diagnosing Low Testosterone
Physical and/or emotional symptoms may suggest a medical problem. Therefore a detailed history and physical examination, coupled with thorough laboratory analysis is necessary to help your doctor determine what may be wrong with you, and what treatments may be best suited for your condition.
If you identify with the above-listed symptoms, you may have low testosterone.
We recommend meeting with your primary doctor to begin the process of determining the root of your problem. If you have already taken these steps and know that you have low testosterone, you are in a great place. Give our office a call or schedule a consultation to learn more about improving testosterone levels. A meeting with Dr. Grant will allow him to explain treatment to you and set up a plan for you to achieve balanced out hormones. We want you living your best life!
Recommending Testosterone Therapy
Dr. Hamlet prescribes testosterone for patients diagnosed as having testosterone deficiency.
He may also recommend testosterone therapy to patients who are not diagnosed with testosterone deficiency, if they exhibit signs and symptoms that may be improved by testosterone therapy and other conventional means of therapy have been attempted without success.
Benefits of Treatment
There are many advantages to balancing out your hormones. The primary advantage is improving your quality of life. Level hormones will allow you to feel more yourself and regain the energy to live a fulfilling life. You can improve your sexual life, have improved mental clarity and feel more refreshed and invigorated to do the things you love. Make sure to look into TRT and schedule a meeting with the Hamlet Clinic to learn more.
Testosterone is administered via a intramuscular injection once a week for men and once a month for women. This is carried out in clinic by a doctor or nurse. Follow up blood tests are carried out once every six months once the initial phase is complete, or as and when necessary dependent upon response to treatment.
You will notice improvements in your daily life within a few weeks. Many patients see improvements in their energy levels and sex life after three to six weeks. The longer you undergo TRT the better your results will be. Your hormones will adjust and you will be able to live a healthier, satisfying life.
Alongside the results you experience with TRT, we recommend a healthy lifestyle to further enjoy your TRT outcome. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, sleeping for about eight hours a night, and eating healthily will allow you to improve upon your boost in TRT.
Annual check-ups and blood work will allow us to monitor your testosterone levels and how well your treatment is working. Treatment will be adjusted to your levels so that you are getting just the amount you need to live a healthy, active life.
The cost of your testosterone therapy treatment will relate to the plan designed by you and Dr. Grant. A cost breakdown will be gone over and you will be set up for a healthy, positive future. If you are interested in TRT, give our office a call at 0207-127-4377 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hamlet. He will assess your health and develop a plan that we will help you regain control of your life.
What are the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy?
Dr. Hamlet will go over side effects associated with testosterone therapy during your consultation. Side effects are unlikely but some symptoms include acne, increased breast size, and lower sperm count. TRT will only be suggested if you seem like a healthy candidate. The presence of some health conditions may require you to seek alternative treatments. Patients who have prostate or breast cancer should not pursue TRT. If you had one of these cancers in the past and have been successfully treated, you may be able to undergo TRT.
Do any testosterone boosters really work?
Yes! Testosterone boosters are proven to help balance out hormones and restore energy for many patients. It is important to find a qualified doctor who can apply the appropriate amount of testosterone for your health. Do your research and make sure to find someone who has been performing these treatments for a while. Dr. Hamlet is dedicated to improving the lives of his patients. He will take the time to learn about your health and determine if TRT is the best solution for you.
What are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?
Many patients experience a boost in confidence and happiness when their hormones balance out. Improved levels of testosterone will also positively affect energy levels, sexual drive, mood, and physical well-being. Some men experience an improvement in muscle mass after receiving TRT for a few months. It’s impressive how such a small treatment will have such a big effect on your life.
How long does it take to feel the effects of testosterone injections?
The length of time it takes to feel the effects of TRT will depend on your hormone levels when you started treatment and your lifestyle. Dr. Hamlet will inform you of the timeline when you begin treatment but this will be unique to each person. Most patients begin to notice improvement after three to six weeks. The longer you undergo treatment and remain consistent, the better your results. It will take a few months for your hormones to balance out. When they do find equilibrium you will be able to sleep better, think clearly, have the energy to get about your day and enjoy a healthy sex life. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hamlet today to learn more about TRT and if it is a good solution for your concerns.
What is the average testosterone level by age?
Men range from 270 to 1070 ng/dL and have an average of 679 ng/dL. Testosterone levels peak at age 20 and naturally begin to decline from that point on. Dr. Hamlet will assess whether you are below average and how your TRT plan should look to make up for disbalance.