Testosterone Replacement Therapy
What Are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
Before you start to consider whether or not testosterone therapy is right for you, it is first important to understand what the symptoms are that you should be looking out for. There is a range of symptoms that can indicate a testosterone deficiency, and no two cases are alike meaning that your symptoms may include only one or a few of the following. During our intake, we will be able to discuss these symptoms in detail with you in order to get a better sense of your situation and provide you with advice, diagnosis, or treatment depending on what we determine. Whether or not the following list seems entirely representative of your experience, contact us as soon as possible so we can help you make sense of the benefits of testosterone treatment and if low testosterone levels are the cause of the symptoms you are experiencing.
Low Sexual Desire
If you are experiencing a decreased sex drive, or libido, there are a number of issues that could be causing this problem. However, when combined with a number of other symptoms listed below, this could be an indication of low testosterone.
Along with a decreased libido, erectile dysfunction can be a very significant and impactful symptom of low testosterone levels and may be an indication that testosterone replacement therapy is right for you.
Decreased Muscle Mass and Strength
If you are experiencing an inexplicable loss of muscle mass and/or strength, this could be the result of male hypogonadism that could be corrected with testosterone replacement therapy. This can be especially difficult when another symptom is chronic fatigue.
Increased Body Fat
Along with decreased muscle mass, men with low testosterone may also experience an increase in body fat that can also lead to things like chronic fatigue, self-consciousness, and depression, along with a decrease in strength and a number of other adverse effects.
Fatigue and Low Energy Levels
Chronic fatigue can be a significant symptom for men with low testosterone and can have a major impact on your life as you try to push through each day while suffering this pervasive effect on your own.
Depression can be a symptom of low testosterone levels, and can equally be the result of experiencing the rest of the symptoms that we have listed. Regardless, your suffering of all kinds can be reduced through testosterone therapy so that you can take your life back and get back to enjoying it the way you did before.
It is no surprise that you would be irritable after suffering the aforementioned symptoms, but it may also be a direct symptom of your low testosterone levels, as well. Once we begin our testosterone therapy we will be able to target the symptoms and provide you with testosterone treatment intended to address each of them.
Body and Facial Hair Loss
Male hypogonadism can lead to a loss of body and facial hair, as well, as your testosterone level drops. Testosterone therapy can help to reverse your hair loss in many instances, and we will develop a specific course to help with this symptom.
It may be no surprise to hear that men with low testosterone levels also suffer from difficulty concentrating in addition to the symptoms that we have already mentioned. Once we being our testosterone therapy, you may find that this symptom alleviates itself fairly quickly.
What Are the Benefits of Testosterone Therapy?
If we determine that you are, in fact, suffering from the effects of low testosterone, the benefits that you will experience once you have gotten your treatment underway can be immense and life-changing. Men suffering from low T will experience slow changes to their body as their testosterone levels drop, and fortunately the benefits, in most cases, will take hold a lot faster. Some of the biggest benefits of testosterone replacement therapy are as follows:
Improved Energy Levels
If one of the symptoms that you have experienced due to low testosterone is chronic fatigue and low energy, one of the improvements that you can expect will likely be related to your energy. However, the improvements in all areas of symptoms are highly specific, and if you find that you are still suffering from low energy levels weeks or months after starting your treatment, we may need to take a closer look at what could be causing this issue.
Increased Sex Drive
Low libido is a major symptom of low testosterone, and one of the improvements that you can expect as your treatment begins to take hold.
Ability to Achieve and Maintain Erections
Along with an increased sex drive, many testosterone replacement therapy patients report a significant improvement in the quality of their erections, including their ability to achieve and maintain them during intercourse.
Increased Bone Density
Increased bone density is an important benefit of many testosterone replacement therapy courses, and can improve your safety and help to avoid broken bones from things that may have otherwise been minor issues.
Increased Muscle Mass and Strength
One of the major symptoms reported by people suffering from low testosterone is a loss of both muscle mass and strength, but as the therapy begins to take effect, you may experience regeneration of lost muscles (or an easier time improving and maintaining them), as well as an overall feeling of increased strength.
Many men report depression and irritability as a symptom of their low testosterone, and in many cases, the therapy may help to improve these conditions. However, like all benefits this is highly specific, so you may or may not feel improvements to your own mood.
The benefits that you will experience as a testosterone replacement therapy patient will be unique to your own situation, so you may or may not enjoy each of the benefits above, and may likely experience a number of other benefits that are not mentioned here. At the end of the day, the important thing to remember is that whether or not you report significant benefits, this therapy is important for your health if you suffer from low testosterone.
If you have suffered from the symptoms we have discussed on this page, you may be suffering from low testosterone levels that are having a widespread impact on your quality of life. However, there is no way to definitively diagnose you with low testosterone without working together directly through a series of tests, so the sooner you contact Med Smart, the sooner we will be able to have a clear understanding of your situation and start to develop a path forward with comprehensive treatment and testosterone therapy. The symptoms that are most common for low testosterone may also be indicative of a number of other health issues, so it is important that you get medical support regardless in order to make sense of what you are experiencing and get the help that you deserve.
If you are experiencing a number of the symptoms listed on this page, there is a good chance that you are suffering from low testosterone, but there is no way to be certain without getting comprehensive testing done first. When you are working with Med Smart, you can be confident that we will take every step to ensure that we have a comprehensive understanding of your testosterone levels, your other physiological issues that may play a role in your situation, and more, before developing a treatment plan specifically for you. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can help you make sense of your situation and get moving on the path towards recovery.
Testosterone replacement therapy is a lifelong treatment because your body has stopped naturally producing testosterone. However, we will not simply provide you with a treatment plan and let you go on by yourself indefinitely – as you age, as other conditions and issues may arise, and as your physical health shifts, we may need to adjust the dosage, delivery systems, and more. We will work closely with you to ensure that you are taking the appropriate levels of testosterone so that you have optimal results and maximum benefits while being able to comfortably take this hormone every day.
There is no set timeframe before you will be able to start seeing improvements, but according to a peer-reviewed paper published by the European Journal of Endocrinology titled “Onset of effects of testosterone treatment and time span until maximum effects are achieved,”
Effects on sexual interest appear after 3 weeks plateauing at 6 weeks, with no further increments expected beyond. Changes in erections/ejaculations may require up to 6 months. Effects on quality of life manifest within 3–4 weeks, but maximum benefits take longer. Effects on depressive mood become detectable after 3–6 weeks with a maximum after 18–30 weeks. Effects on erythropoiesis are evident at 3 months, peaking at 9–12 months. Prostate-specific antigen and volume rise, marginally, plateauing at 12 months; further increase should be related to aging rather than therapy. Effects on lipids appear after 4 weeks, maximal after 6–12 months. Insulin sensitivity may improve within a few days, but effects on glycemic control become evident only after 3–12 months. Changes in fat mass, lean body mass, and muscle strength occur within 12–16 weeks, stabilize at 6–12 months, but can marginally continue over years. Effects on inflammation occur within 3–12 weeks. Effects on bone are detectable already after 6 months while continuing at least for 3 years.
Of course, your results will vary depending on your specific body chemistry and physical factors, but we will work closely with you as you begin to experience the positive effects of your testosterone replacement therapy.
Under no circumstances should you ever buy pills provided by non-medical entities that claim to increase testosterone levels in your body. Your testosterone replacement therapy treatment is uniquely customized to your body and will be administered under the close guidance of a medical professional. If you take an over the counter pill that claims to do all of what medical testosterone therapy treatment can do, all without any intake, testing, or monitoring from a professional, you are likely putting yourself at risk of serious complications, or are being sold a placebo that will have no impact on you whatsoever. Regardless of the possible outcomes, you should never take medication or a pill that you can buy directly which claims to solve the problems of low testosterone.