There are many positive benefits of testosterone treatment for men, and surprisingly for woman as well!
When we are talking about testosterone treatment, we are usually referring to the use of testosterone replacement therapy to treat low testosterone. While it is true that testosterone therapy can help both men and women, it’s primarily used to help men between the ages of 35 and 65, who are exhibiting the symptoms of low testosterone. Low testosterone in men is known by a few names. It is sometimes referred to as “low testosterone,” “Low-T,” or the more technical term “andropause.” But, no matter what you call it, testosterone treatment is used to counteract the steady drop in testosterone production that occurs as we age.
The symptoms of Low-T can vary from man to man, but any or all of them can have a serious impact on quality of life. The symptoms of low testosterone can include hair loss, increased belly fat, weakness, loss of muscle tone, mood swings, and even sexual performance issues such as low libido or erectile dysfunction.
The benefits of testosterone treatment for men with these symptoms are many.
What Are the Benefits of Testosterone Treatment?
One of the most significant benefits men experience from testosterone treatment is an improvement in their sex life. Of course there can be many factors that influence sex drive and sexual performance, particularly as you age. Sexual dysfunction can be caused not only by low testosterone, but by anything from stress, to the food you eat.
However, erectile difficulties, particularly in men over 40, and when accompanied by the other symptoms of low-T, are almost always related to declining levels of testosterone. Testosterone therapy, particularly when combined with other hormone therapies such as growth hormone therapy, has been shown to be very effective in helping men return to an active and healthy sex life.
Can Testosterone Treatment Do More Than Improve My Sex Life?
There are many benefits to testosterone treatments beyond improving your sex life. Many men receiving testosterone treatment say that it has given them “their edge back.” Besides feeling physically stronger, and more fit, testosterone treatment has been shown to improve memory and help men with low-T think more clearly.
Your ability to focus, or concentrate on a task, is part of the complex relationship of the neurotransmitters in the brain which regulate all cognitive functions. Serotonin, norepinephrine, and acetylcholine, in particular, are known to impact memory and other cognitive abilities. Brain mapping studies have shown that low levels of these neurotransmitters can lead to short-term memory issues and difficulty concentrating. Low testosterone negatively affects the production of all of these neurotransmitters.
This can be of grave concern to aging workers in today’s highly competitive job market. Men in the 40s may find it harder and harder to stay ahead of younger workers, bucking for their positions. Testosterone treatment can even the playing field and help you not only keep up with, but stay ahead of the younger competition.
In addition to increasing the libido, and having a positive impact on cognition, testosterone therapy also:
Encourages heart health
Helps prevent osteoporosis by improving bone density
Increases muscle strength
Who Can Benefit From Testosterone Treatment?
Male hormones are known as “androgens,” hence the name “andropause,” for men who are suffering the symptoms of declining hormone levels.
The most important androgen, or male hormone, is testosterone. Testosterone is mainly produced by the testes. Testosterone helps to:
Keep your bones strong and healthy
Maintain a healthy ratio of fat to muscle
Maintain muscle mass and tone
Maintain healthy sex drive
Sustain ongoing sperm production
The signs of low testosterone can show up in some men as early as in their 30s. The signs and symptoms of Low-T include:
Decrease in libido or sex drive
An overall feeling of reduced virility and vigor
Changes in mood
Loss of stamina
Loss of muscle tone
Loss of memory and other cognitive issues
Can Women Benefit from Testosterone Treatment?
Even though testosterone is a “male hormone,” women produce and need testosterone too. And, like men, women’s testosterone levels also decline as they age. When we consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in women, we are usually thinking of replacing estrogen, to deal with menopausal symptoms. However, much of the latest research indicates that women too, can benefit from testosterone treatment, particularly those women who are already receiving HRT to combat the typical symptoms of menopause. In fact, current research seems to indicate that it is this drop in testosterone, and not estrogen that is responsible for many of the hormonal issues that women experience just before, during and after menopause.
Testosterone therapy, when added as an adjunct to estrogen replacement in these women, seems to specifically help with the sexual wellness issues typical of post child-bearing years, such as drop in libido, vaginal dryness, or painful intercourse. Testosterone replacement in women also seems to reduce the incidence of hot flashes, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
How Do I Know If I Need Testosterone Treatment?
If you are over 35, and experiencing any or all of the symptoms of Low-T indicated above, there is a good chance that you may be a candidate for testosterone treatment. However, in order to really tell if you need testosterone replacement, you must have your testosterone levels completely evaluated.
You can only find out for sure if your symptoms are due to andropause, or some other disease state or condition, by having your testosterone levels professionally assessed.
The first step is a blood test. Your blood test will confirm if hormone therapy should be prescribed for you. Some testosterone clinics may use saliva tests, because they are cheaper and easier to do. However, blood tests are far more accurate. Blood tests will also give your doctor an overall picture of all of your hormones. You may need additional hormone therapies beyond testosterone. For example, many of our patients with Low-T, may also benefit from growth hormone therapy.
Remember, what is normal for you, may be different for someone else, and that is why it is vitally important to see a professional who uses the latest in diagnostic tools to determine the hormone therapy program that is most appropriate for your individual needs.
Is Testosterone Treatment Safe?
If you think you need it, do not put off testosterone treatment because you think it may be unsafe. There is a lot of misinformation out there about the risks of testosterone therapy.
One such myth that just refuses to die, regardless of a wealth of information to the contrary, is that testosterone therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer. This idea is largely based on one very old study done in the 1940s. This study found that in men that already had prostate cancer, testosterone depravation prevented the return of prostate cancer. However, it is important to point out, that there has never, ever been one single study that proves that testosterone therapy causes, or increases the risks of, prostate cancer in otherwise healthy males. In fact, there is current research that suggests that testosterone therapy may even decrease your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Another persistent testosterone therapy myth, is that it increases the risks of heart disease. The supposed link between testosterone replacement therapy and increased risk of cardiovascular disease largely owes its history to a study published in 2013. The study had a lot of flaws. Yet, the media chose to ignore the many problems with the study, and ran with it. The news of the increased risks of testosterone therapy “went viral,” and as a result, many men who could have been helped by testosterone therapy, instead, chose to forgo treatment. However, in 2015, this myth was finally busted by the well-respected Mayo Clinic, when they published a study that concluded there was “no link” between testosterone replacement and increased risk of heart attacks. Not only that, the study indicated that when done correctly, testosterone therapy may even lower the risk of heart attacks!
When Should I Begin Testosterone Treatments?
Testosterone is vital to your strength, vitality, and wellbeing. However, you produce less testosterone the older you get! As your testosterone drops, so does your confidence and self-esteem. If you are looking for a way to replace what time and nature take away, the time to start receiving the many benefits of testosterone treatment is now!
The truth is, if you are a man over 40, and are feeling tired, depressed and “less than a man,” testosterone therapy can return joy to your life.
Make an appointment today, and get off of the downward spiral of fatigue, tiredness and sexual performance issues!
Take the first step to a younger, stronger, healthier, happy YOU!