What Kind of Doctor Provides Testosterone Therapy for Men?
If you are a man between the ages of 35 and 65, and are not feeling yourself lately, and if you find that you tire easily, cannot concentrate as you once could, are putting on weight and having a lot of trouble taking it off, and/or are having sexual performance issues, there is a good chance that you have low testosterone.
The safest and most effective way to treat low testosterone, also known a low-T, is with testosterone replacement therapy. The only way to know for sure if you would benefit from testosterone therapy is to have your testosterone levels checked by a doctor. Real testosterone therapy is only available with a doctor’s prescription.
What Kinds of Doctors Prescribe Testosterone Therapy?
Any medical doctor can write a prescription for testosterone replacement therapy. Low testosterone is a hormonal condition. Endocrinologists are the type of doctors who specialize in hormonal disorders. But, endocrinologists are usually involved in treating children who have hormonal imbalances that impact growth and/or in treating other hormonal conditions such as diabetes.
While endocrinologist do prescribe testosterone therapy, again, they usually do so for genetic disorders or other serious medical conditions that have impacted your body’s ability to produce enough testosterone on your own.
If you are seeking a doctor for testosterone therapy because you are having trouble with the normal decline in testosterone that occurs as you age, an endocrinologist may not be your best bet. Rather, for “age-related” low-T, you want to seek treatment from a doctor who specializes in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for age management.
Again, while any doctor can prescribe testosterone replacement therapy, there are doctors who specialize in hormone replacement for optimal aging. You want to seek such a practice if you are over 40 and experiencing the symptoms of low-T, because such a testosterone doctor will help you in many other ways to boost and maintain your stamina and energy levels.
How to Find A Doctor to Prescribe Testosterone Replacement Therapy
The testosterone used in T-therapy requires a prescription. And like any other prescription medication, you must have a diagnosis and legitimate medical need before a doctor can legally prescribe testosterone therapy for you.
Before any doctor can write you a prescription for testosterone therapy, he or she must have your testosterone tested. If your testosterone blood test indicates that your testosterone levels are lower than they should be for your age, your doctor will be able to give you a prescription for testosterone therapy.
Testosterone therapy can be given in skin patches, topical gels, or intramuscular injections. Most testosterone doctors agree that injections are the most effective method for administering T-therapy.
If you and your testosterone replacement doctor decide that injections are best for your needs and lifestyle you will be taught everything you need to know to safely give yourself your testosterone replacement injections.
When Should I Seek a Doctor for Testosterone Injection Therapy?
As you age your testosterone level naturally declines. Once you are over 30, the decline in testosterone can lead to a number of debilitating conditions that collectively are known as “male menopause” or andropause.
If you are looking for a doctor to provide testosterone therapy, chances are you are a man between the ages of 35 and 65, who has started to feel the symptoms of low testosterone.
The signs and symptoms of low testosterone in men include:
Weight gain, even when eating right and exercising
Fatigue and weakness
Sexual health issues
Foggy thinking or other cognitive issues
Irritability, mood swings, and/or depression
Even when you have found the right kind of doctor to evaluate your symptoms, do not expect him or her to immediately write your prescription for testosterone therapy.
Prescriptions for testosterone therapy are not written lightly by ethical doctors. Before you are given testosterone therapy, any legitimate doctor will need to take a complete medical history and physical exam, which will then be followed with a specialized blood test to check for your testosterone levels.
How Do I Talk to My Doctor About Low Testosterone?
It may not be easy to speak to a doctor about the need for testosterone therapy. It can be embarrassing to feel like “less of a man,” particularly because one of the first and most common signs of low-t is loss of sex drive, and/or erectile dysfunction. This is all the more reason why you should seek your testosterone treatments from a doctor who specializes in hormone replacement for men. As well as being better equipped to interpret all of your symptoms, he will be more conscious of the self-esteem issues that could also come along with low-T. Still when talking to any doctor about low-T, you must be confident enough to tell him or her all about your symptoms. Do not leave anything out because you believe it may not be important, or may be embarrassing. In the long run, doing so, will only keep you from getting the best testosterone therapy possible.
Is It Hard to Find the Right Doctor for Testosterone Therapy?
It does not have to be hard to find a doctor to prescribe testosterone therapy for you. In fact in can be summed up in four easy steps:
Step One – Evaluate your symptoms of low-T
Step Two – Have a physical exam and your blood tested for your testosterone level
Step Three – Evaluate your test results and if you are found to have low-T receive your prescription for testosterone therapy
Step Four – Fill your prescription for testosterone therapy and begin an individualized program tailored to your unique needs and lifestyle.
Remember, any kind of doctor can write you a prescription for testosterone therapy. However, it is highly recommended that you only get your testosterone therapy from a medical professional whose practice is dedicated to hormone replacement therapy. Only a well-qualified physician who specializes in hormone replacement therapy, should prescribe your testosterone therapy. This way you can be sure your testosterone therapy will be the safest and most effective for your particular needs and lifestyle.
When you get your HGH therapy from a doctor who specializes in age optimization through hormone replacement, not only will such a physician be able to provide you with the most accurate testing of testosterone levels and provide you with the most effective prescription testosterone treatment, he or she will also be able to evaluate your other hormones.
All hormones in your body interact and work together. If you are suffering from low testosterone, there is a good chance that you may be deficient in other critical hormones as well such as human growth hormone, or HGH. Many people who are given a prescription for testosterone therapy, are also prescribed growth hormone therapy, and benefit greatly from the combined therapies.