What Kind of Doctors Prescribe Testosterone Therapy?
Why do you think you need a prescription for testosterone? Do you think you may be suffering from low testosterone? If you are a man who is over 35 and you are:
Feeling tired almost all of the time
Feeling irritable or angry more often than you would like
Having sleep problems
Putting on weight, even though you are working out
Having some “trouble in the bedroom”
If you are experiencing any or all of the above, you are correct in assuming that low-T could be the cause, and a prescription for testosterone therapy may be the solution. However, do not be fooled by the ads you may hear on the radio, or see online, or in so-called muscle magazines, there is no such thing as “non-prescription,” or over-the-counter testosterone. The only way to get authentic testosterone therapy is with a doctor’s prescription. So, the question then becomes, what kind of doctor can write you a prescription for testosterone therapy?
Can Any Doctor Write a Prescription for Testosterone Therapy?
Any medical doctor can give you a prescription for testosterone, if he or she diagnoses you with a legitimate need for testosterone replacement therapy. Is there a kind of doctor that specializes in testosterone replacement? The answer is yes and no.
Testosterone, like all hormones produced by your body is made and secreted by a gland. The medical specialty that treats glandular conditions and the resulting hormone imbalances is known as endocrinology. However, the practices of most endocrinologists usually focus on glandular conditions in children that are causing them not to grow properly, or diseases of the major glands like the pancreas, thyroid, or adrenal glands in people of any age.
If you are looking for a prescription 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 testosterone, you want to seek treatment from a doctor whose practice is dedicated to age management or age optimization for men.
Again, while any doctor can prescribe testosterone replacement therapy, there are doctors who base their practices on the best way to prescribe hormone replacement for men to achieve their personal best at any age. 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.
Is it Hard to Find a Doctor to Prescribe Testosterone Therapy?
As we have said earlier, real testosterone therapy can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription. Therefore, just like any other prescription medication, you must have a diagnosis and legitimate medical need before any doctor can lawfully give you a prescription to be filled for medical testosterone.
Before you can leave any doctor’s office with a prescription for testosterone therapy, he or she must have the level of testosterone in your blood 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 provide you with a legal prescription for testosterone therapy.
Testosterone therapy can be given in skin patches, topical gels, subdermal pellets, or intramuscular injections. Most testosterone doctors agree that injections are the most effective method for administering prescription testosterone therapy. If it is determined that testosterone injections are the best treatment for your low-T symptoms and particular lifestyle, you will be taught everything you need to know about how to safely give yourself your testosterone replacement injections.
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.
We cannot overstate the importance of only getting your testosterone therapy from a medical professional whose practice is dedicated to hormone replacement therapy. Only a well-qualified and experienced 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.
Also, do not base you choice of doctor on the cost of a testosterone therapy prescription. Like anything else in life, you get what you pay for. Many inexperienced doctors have jumped on the testosterone therapy bandwagon, and are offering very inexpensive testosterone therapy. However, trust you guts, if something seems too good to be true, you are probably right. Many of these low cost testosterone clinics, have little or no experience in prescribing testosterone, and/or they use inferior quality hormones.
How Do I Know If I Need a Prescription for Testosterone 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 you with a prescription for 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 treat your symptoms of low testosterone, 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 to Talk to Your Doctor About Low Testosterone
It may not be easy to speak to a doctor about wanting to get a prescription for testosterone therapy.
Some men find it embarrassing, and think they are less of a man to need testosterone therapy. This is often the case because one of the first and most common signs of low-t is loss of sex drive, and/or erectile dysfunction, and they often fail to seek treatment because of this self-consciousness. 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 prescription possible.