Testosterone Deficiency Treatment
It has been researched that 20% of men over 60 and up to 50% of men over the age of 80 suffer from the clinical diagnosis of testosterone deficiency.
Precision Sexual Health Clinic for Men provides testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), both as a unique service and as part of an ED treatment program.
We have developed protocols to support our physicians in treating testosterone deficiency, as well as effective marketing tools like our online ADAM Test to generate new client inquiries for TRT.
The ideal outcome from testosterone therapy is improved sexual function, libido, and energy level.
What is Testosterone Deficiency?
Testosterone deficiency, or hypogonadism, is a constellation of symptoms resulting from a progressive decline in serum (blood) testosterone levels to an abnormally low level.
Testosterone levels decline with some medical conditions (like diabetes and obesity), and/or the use of medications (like opioid pain medication).
Since testosterone levels can also decline after age 30 or 40 at a rate of approximately 1- 2 % per year, some men may notice symptoms of low testosterone as early as their 40’s or 50’s.
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can help men improve sexual function, support overall health and energy levels, as well as mood and overall mental function.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency?
Sexual Signs and Symptoms
- Reduced sex drive
- Reduced erectile function
Physical Signs and Symptoms
- Reduced energy
- Reduced endurance
- Diminished work performance
- Diminished physical performance
- Loss of body hair
- Reduced beard growth
- Reduced lean muscle mass
- Change in sleep pattern
Cognitive Signs and Symptoms
- Depressive symptoms
- Cognitive dysfunction
- Reduced motivation
- Poor concentration
- Poor memory
What Are the Causes of Testosterone Deficiency?
Causes of testosterone deficiency are numerous and are traditionally divided into two main categories: Primary causes and Secondary causes.
In primary hypogonadism, either a congenital (born with it) or acquired (mumps, trauma, radiation) testicular problem exists such that the testes cannot produce enough testosterone.
Secondary hypogonadism accounts for the majority of low testosterone cases. In this type, testosterone level is low as a result of complex physiological and behavioural factors that interfere with the testosterone production in the otherwise normally formed testicles. Common examples of these conditions are obesity, diabetes, head trauma, etc.
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Testosterone Replacement Therapy
When the body no longer produces sufficient amounts of testosterone, replacement therapy (TRT) is usually required to help men improve sexual function, support overall health and energy levels, as well as mood and overall mental function.
While testosterone replacement therapy alone may not reverse erectile dysfunction (ED), it can be an invaluable part of an ED program since abnormal testosterone levels contribute to poor erectile quality. Testosterone replacement may also improve the efficacy of some ED treatments.
In addition to testosterone replacement therapy, other lifestyle modifications including diet, exercise, weight loss, reduction in stress levels and improvements in sleep duration and quality have also been shown to improve testosterone levels.
Precision Sexual Health Clinic for Men offers testosterone delivery options, including but not limited to topical gel, intranasal spray, and intramuscular injection. The delivery method will be selected together by the physician and patient to best meet the needs of the patient.
Considerations With Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy is generally a safe treatment modality. However, there are both benefits and risks associated with treating low testosterone.
Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
The ideal outcome from TRT is to improve sexual function, libido, and energy level. Some men experience a strong change. Others get limited benefits.
Many men report improvement in energy level, sex drive, and quality of erections.
Testosterone also increases bone density, muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity in some men.
Men also often report an improvement in mood from testosterone replacement. They may be able to focus better and see improvements in memory and cognitive skills.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Risks
Testosterone replacement therapy can raise a man’s risk for urinary symptoms, relating to enlarged prostate, increased PSA levels, blood clots and stroke. Uncommon side effects include sleep apnea, acne, and breast enlargement.
Men who use a testosterone gel should wash their hands thoroughly after applying a dose and make sure that no one else touches the spots where they medicate. If a woman or child comes into contact with testosterone gels, it can cause side effects in them.
To continue to benefit, a man with low testosterone must remain on it. Research over the past few decades has shown little evidence of a link between testosterone replacement therapy and prostate cancer.