Sometimes people are afraid to start testosterone therapy because they think it means they will have to continue testosterone therapy for the rest of their lives. Nothing could be further from the truth. The length of time that any single person needs to be on testosterone replacement therapy varies, based on your symptoms, age, sex and weight.
Generally speaking, testosterone therapy is given over a course of a few months. Typically, for a first time prescription, you will be prescribed a 10 week or a 20 week program of testosterone therapy. You should start feeling a difference in the first four to six weeks. You will feel the most significant improvements to your energy levels, your strength, moods and sex drive, within the first two to three months of testosterone therapy.
Testosterone therapy can be prescribed as testosterone injections, patches or gel. Most doctors agree that spending a few months on testosterone injections is the most effective method. Testosterone injections are prescribed as testosterone cypionate. Testosterone cypionate lasts in the body for about 7 to 8 days, so regardless of your recommended dose of testosterone, you will probably need to take your testosterone shots once a week, or twice a month.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect From Testosterone Therapy?
The reason that testosterone therapy is given over the course of a few months, is that it takes time to be effective. To better understand how long you need to take testosterone, there are a few other things you need to realize about the results of testosterone therapy.
Number one, testosterone therapy is most successful when it is prescribed for your particular individual needs, lifestyle and goals. As such, that means that no two testosterone therapy patients will have an identical experience. Your results will be tailored to meet your unique goals and lifestyle.
The other thing you need to understand about testosterone therapy is that while you will see results, you will not suddenly have the physique of Captain America after your first injection. The whole reason why testosterone injections are to be taken over the course of a few months, is that their effects are cumulative, and take time to be achieved.
How Long Does It Take to See Results From Testosterone Therapy?
You will not see overnight results from your testosterone therapy. Your prescription for testosterone therapy will be designed for your body to react to the increases in testosterone slowly over time. However, the benefits of testosterone therapy basically impacts four major areas of your life:
Each of these areas will improve after you have been taking testosterone therapy for some time.
Again, since testosterone therapy is prescribed on a very individualized basis, results do vary. However, many patients say they start to see improvements in strength and energy in as little as two weeks. Many patients notice emotional or mood changes earlier than major physical changes. In as little as 3 to 4 weeks of taking testosterone injections as prescribed, patients report feeling more calm, less anxious, less depressed and less irritable.
Here is a month by month breakdown of the benefits you can expect from testosterone therapy.
Month One – After about one month to six weeks of taking testosterone you will experience significant increases in vitality and energy. You should also start to see:
Improved ability to focus and concentrate
A reduction of belly fat
Increased muscle mass
Month Two – After completing two months on testosterone, your ability to focus and concentrate will be greatly improved. As you enter the second month of testosterone replacement therapy this is when you will really start to notice a before and after look in your mirror. Belly fat will be significantly reduced and you will appear more toned. In addition, after two months of testosterone therapy you should expect to see:
Continued improvements in libido or sex drive, increased number of spontaneous erections
A reduction in cholesterol levels
A reduction in systemic inflammation
Three to Four Months – As you enter your third and fourth month of taking testosterone, in addition to continued improvements in strength, vitality and sexual performance, you can expect the following additional benefits of testosterone:
Reduction of PMS symptoms (pre-menopausal women)
Reduction of menopausal symptoms (menopausal and post-menopausal women)
Improved bone health and bone density
Five to Six Months – Once you are close to completing your first course of testosterone therapy, in months 5 and 6, you will start to experience all of the many positive benefits listed above, of testosterone replacement therapy, and an overall improved quality of life.
What Happens When I Stop Testosterone Therapy?
Once you have achieved the above benefits, we will help you to use your increased strength, energy and motivation, to help you to keep your testosterone levels where they should be, even once you stop testosterone therapy.
After you have stopped taking testosterone some of the lifestyle changes you should make to avoid a subsequent drop in your testosterone levels are:
Getting regular exercise
Getting enough sleep (7 – 9 hours)
Eating a healthy and nutritious diet
Reducing consumption of alcohol
After you stop testosterone therapy, you will likely also be put on a regimen of vitamins and nutritional supplements designed to stimulate your body to increase your natural testosterone output.
Is It Dangerous to Stop Testosterone Therapy?
It is possible that you may have heard some horror stories regarding withdrawal symptoms from stopping testosterone replacement therapy, or that serious side effects can happen once you stop taking testosterone. Most of these stories are rumors, and the results of misinformation, and people who have misused or abused testosterone. It is true that your body can have withdrawal-like symptoms once you stop taking testosterone. However, such negative impacts of stopping testosterone almost always occur when you stop suddenly, without your doctor’s authorization. It is not a good idea under any circumstances to stop “cold turkey.” If you feel you are experiencing side effects, or not getting the results you want, from your testosterone therapy, do not just stop. Call you doctor, you dose of testosterone may need to be adjusted.
This is why, who you get your testosterone therapy from makes a big difference. At our testosterone replacement centers, you will be working with doctors and a support staff who have decades of experience in applying modern, state-of-the-art techniques to testosterone replacement. You will be completely monitored during the entire course of your testosterone replacement program.
When it becomes time to decide how long you have to be on testosterone therapy, your therapy will always be done slowly and with complete medical supervision, so that any possible side effects of testosterone therapy will be kept at an absolute minimum.
Does Where I Get My Testosterone Therapy Make a Difference?
Any doctor can prescribe and tell you how to take testosterone injections. But, if you want to achieve the maximum results of testosterone replacement therapy, your best bet is to work with a skilled and experienced testosterone doctor. If you want to get the most you can from taking your testosterone injections, you want to work with a specialist who has a proven track record in administering hormone replacement therapies for men.
At our treatment centers, our doctors and staff are dedicated professionals with years of experience in treating the problems of age-related hormone decline. Your testosterone therapy will be tailor-made to suit your individual needs and wellness goals. At our clinics, you will always be treated as an individual, and never like just another number on a prescription pad. When we get to know you as a person, we can prescribe the best testosterone therapy for you, and you will be able to count on significant before and after results.