Getting To Know Your Low Testosterone Treatment Options
“What treatments are available for low testosterone?”
“Do I have to visit a low testosterone treatment center?”
“What kind of doctors provide treatment for low testosterone?”
“How much does low testosterone treatment cost?”
If you are like most men, you have a lot of questions about low testosterone treatment options. Fortunately, our low testosterone doctors have the answers!
Testosterone is the most important hormone for men. Men need testosterone throughout their lives, however, testosterone levels start to drop once you are over 30. Once you are over 35 you can expect significant decreases in your testosterones level every year. By the time you are 40, you could be among the fairly large percentage of men who are suffering from low testosterones, also known as “Low-T.”
Men with Low-T are increasingly searching for low testosterone treatment options.
Choosing A Low Testosterone Treatment Doctor
There are many different doctors and testosterone clinics that offer treatments for low testosterone. How do you choose the right one? There are basically three things to look for when choosing a testosterone therapy clinic.
#1 – You want a doctor that gets to know you, and knows your lifestyle. You want him or her to take a detailed medical history, and run complete blood tests, before he or she puts you on a testosterone optimization program.
#2 – You want to be sure your testosterone doctor is using bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, or BHRT, uses hormones that are the exact molecular duplicate as those produced by your body. Bioidentical hormones are custom made for your needs by a compounding pharmacist.
#3 – The kind of doctor you choose matters. There is not a “medical specialty” for a “hormone replacement doctor.” However, there are doctors that are better at prescribing testosterone replacement than others. Look for one with a history of experience, success, and patient satisfaction.
Low Testosterone Treatment and Sex Drive
Testosterone is critical to male sexual performance. Unfortunately age, stress, and other poor lifestyle choices often leads to declining levels testosterone, which can and often does, lead to trouble in the bedroom. Learning how to increase your level of testosterone with low testosterone treatments, not only will have a direct effect on your sex drive and ability to perform, but will have other impacts on your overall health and outlook on life that will make you a better lover!
Treating your low testosterone will make you physically stronger, will put you on a more even keel emotionally, will help you look younger and more fit – all of which will make you a better and more attractive sex partner!
Is Treatment for Low Testosterone Safe?
Maybe you read about the recent ruling by the FDA that prescription testosterone replacement supplements must now carry a warning label about the potential increased risk of heart disease. The FDA issued this warning yielding to consumer groups about what they believe is the “over prescription of testosterone” for aging men.
There are two very important things that men considering low testosterone treatment need to understand about this warning. One, take it with a grain of salt. Listen to any commercial about any prescription drug, and what will you hear? A list of potential side effects that take up most of the time of the commercial! Even over the counter aspirin has a required FDA insert listing potential side-effects.
But, more importantly, the latest research published in respected peer-reviewed journals does not back up the FDA’s concerns.
Latest Studies on the Risks and Side Effects of Low Testosterone Treatment
Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, received his degree from the prestigious Harvard School of Medicine.
Dr. Morgentaler has devoted his career to understanding testosterone’s role in the body, the implications of its decreased production over time, and analyzing and determining the benefits of testosterone replacement therapies for men.
After years of detailed study (he wrote his first book on testosterone therapy in 1978), he has become an established thought-leader on testosterone replacement. Dr. Morgentaler has done much to advance the positive effects of testosterone therapy for aging but otherwise healthy men, and has dedicated his career to exposing the truth surrounding the misconceptions about its potential dangers.
In the January 2015 edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Dr. Morgentaler published a “meta-analysis” that looked in detail at all of the studies on testosterone and greater risk of CV between 1940 and 2014. After extensively studying almost a quarter-of-a-century of peer-reviewed scientific research, Dr. Morgentaler and his team found only 4 studies that appeared to imply an increased risk of heart disease associated with testosterone replacement. However, they found “dozens of studies” that suggested just the opposite: that testosterone replacement can actually reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack.
Not All Low Testosterone Doctors Are the Same
If there is anything that consumers interested in obtaining testosterone replacement treatments should take away from the FDA warning, it is simply this: not all doctors prescribing testosterone treatments are the same.
Are there risks associated with low testosterone treatments? Perhaps, as there are with any drug or treatment. Which is all the more reason to be very careful about from whom you choose to obtain your low testosterone treatment from. In the last few years, it has become kind of the “wild west” out there, with doctors who have no previous experience in prescribing testosterone, jumping on the craze, just to increase revenue.
It is this kind of “over prescribing” by less than reputable low testosterone clinics that has in large part prompted the increased scrutiny of the FDA, giving all of clinics that provide low testosterone treatments a bit of a black eye.
Experience Matters in Low Testosterone Treatments
However, there are providers of low testosterone treatments, such as you will find on these pages, who have been evaluating and correctly using testosterone replacement for many years. The truth is, not every man who comes to a clinic with the possible symptoms of low-T, will necessarily require low testosterone treatment. That is why it is critically important that you select a low testosterone treatment clinic, based on the three criteria above. It all starts with proper evaluation and testing.
First, we take a series of blood tests, to get a very accurate picture of your testosterone level, not just simple saliva tests which are used by some low testosterone treatment centers. Then, we take a complete medical history, and take into account your particular lifestyle, to see if there could be other reasons for your symptoms, and to determine what the optimal hormone level is for you.
Despite what it may say in the medical textbooks, a good provider of low testosterone treatments, understands that what is “normal” for one man, may not be normal for another. That is why you want a low testosterone clinic that treats each patient as an individual, and should testosterone therapy be indicated, creates a program that is just right for your individual needs and lifestyle. You also want to work with a testosterone replacement center that assures that you will be completely monitored throughout your treatment program. This way, any potential risks of testosterone replacement are kept to an absolute minimum.
1. How are low testosterone treatments given?
There are a number of ways that you can receive your low testosterone treatment. Prescription low testosterone treatments are available as rub-on gels, as slow release dermal patches, or sub-dermal injection. Many find that for optimum low testosterone treatment, testosterone injections are the most effective. You will be taught how to give yourself your low testosterone injections.
2. How long does low testosterone treatment usually last?
As stated earlier, the best low testosterone treatment clinics, are the ones that treat each patient as a unique individual. As such, low testosterone treatments should be tailored to your unique needs and lifestyle, so the length of time you need to be continually receiving low testosterone treatment, will vary from patient-to-patient. Typically however, low testosterone treatments lasts from about 6 months to a year for your first round of Low-T treatment. After that, you will be evaluated for the need to continue your low testosterone treatment.
3. Are low testosterone treatments expensive?
As far as the cost of low testosterone treatments, again, since programs vary from low testosterone clinic-to-clinic, and from patient-to-patient, costs vary. Some of the costs of low testosterone treatment may be covered by insurance. Either way, we try to make your treatments as low cost as possible, and offer a variety of payment options.
4. Where are the testosterone injections done?
Testosterone injections are intramuscular, which mean that are given into the muscles. The very vascular muscles of your arm, your thigh, or the “glutes” are the most common injection sites. The needles used to deliver low testosterone treatments are very thin, much like the ones diabetics use to deliver insulin. Once you learn how to give yourself your testosterone injections, you will find them easy to do, and quite painless.
Now that you understand a little bit more about your low testosterone treatment options, why don’t you contact us and find out if we have a low testosterone treatment plan that is right for you!