Questions About Risks and Benefits of Testosterone Therapy

FAQ: Questions About Testosterone Therapy’s Risks and Benefits

Just as you wouldn’t invest your money without getting answers about the potential benefits and risks involved, you should get answers to your questions about risks and benefits of testosterone therapy before you invest your time and money in it. As an investment in your wellbeing, getting treatment that will eliminate your Low T symptoms can be a very valuable one; but no adult should make a commitment to using this type of hormone replacement therapy until all of their questions have been answered to their satisfaction.

You will probably be able to find the answers to some of your questions by searching online for them, because there is an abundance of information on medical treatment for testosterone deficiency to be found there. You can also probably find a variety of information online about how to invest for the future; but in both instances, it would be undoubtedly be more productive and reassuring to actually speak to a respected professional expert about your personal requirements, concerns and goals. You would probably also assume that it is going to easier for you to find a local financial planner that you can talk to than to find a locally available testosterone therapy doctor who can answer your questions, right?

At Nexel Medical, we are going to be able to change many of your assumptions about getting information on doctor prescribed treatment for male hormone deficiency, or Low T as it’s commonly referred to. We will start with the assumption we just mentioned in regard to getting your questions about risks and benefits of testosterone therapy by doctors who can provide you with locally available treatment for your symptoms. We have made it extremely easy for you – just call us; we are always available and happy to answer any and all adults’ questions about using Low T replacement therapy. And you can even ask us to schedule a local testosterone blood test for you in your local area during the same call if you wish to. That’s just how easy it is for you to get information and local treatment for male hormone deficiency from Nexel Medical.

Q: What Are the Proven Benefits of Testosterone Therapy?

Q: What Are the Proven Benefits of Testosterone Therapy?

There are many reasons to love having healthy testosterone levels restored in answering any adult’s questions about risks and benefits of testosterone therapy there are definitely more benefits than potential risks to talk about. Most of them are benefits that you will be able to see and feel – but some of them stay deep inside your body, working hard to keep your organs and systems functioning as they should.

Here are some of the major talking points in regard to the benefits of Low T therapy:

  • Chronic fatigue and low sex drive are two of the most commonly reported symptoms of testosterone deficiency, probably because these symptoms can really cause your lifestyle satisfaction to plunge. Fortunately, as therapy returns your male hormone levels back into the healthy range, your energy will make a comeback, as will your satisfying and active sex life. And it’s a comeback that will last for as long as you continue to use testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). 
  • Your strength will increase and you’ll notice your muscle mass improving, because you require an adequate male hormone supply to keep your body strong and tones. What you won’t see are the improvements to your bone density that you are receiving; but your bones will stay stronger for longer, making you far less susceptible to fractures and the development of osteoporosis as you age.
  • The lack of focus and/or mental dullness that testosterone loss can cause will improve and your cognitive function will be sharper. You will also find that the inexplicable moodiness and feelings of depression that your male hormone loss has triggered will be replaced by a greater sense of emotional wellbeing and stability.
  • You will finally be able to witness the loss of that stubborn excess abdominal fat that having low T levels has contributed to. When your primary hormones are in healthy balance, your metabolic system is able to function much more efficiently and it is much easier to maintain a healthy weight and fat-to-lean body mass ratio.

Q: Do All Forms of Low T Therapy Have the Same Risk Potential?

In order to answer questions about risks and benefits of testosterone therapy comprehensively, regardless of which form of treatment a patient is using there are some potential side effects and possible risks to discuss. However, overall it is easy for hormone therapy doctors to mitigate most effects (which are typically mild and temporary) by making adjustments to a patient’s dosage; and the risks associated with Low T therapy have remained statistically very low throughout its decades of medical use.

Whether you are using testosterone injections, as many patients do; or a topically applied form of treatment, such as a cream or gel; or pellets that have been implanted just under the skin; or a skin patch; the goal of your treatment remains unchanged: to supplement your abnormally low testosterone levels with a bio-identical equivalent. What is also going to remain unchanged is your risk for experiencing any associated side effects or potential risks.

What can change, depending on the form of supplemental testosterone you have been prescribed, is the efficacy of your treatment. Some forms of Low T therapy work better for patients than other forms; and each of the forms mentioned above has its own pros and cons, from the user’s perspective. The two most commonly prescribed forms of treatment are injections and topical gels or creams and each patient should discuss their relative merits and drawbacks with their hormone therapy provider when discussing their questions about risks and benefits of testosterone therapy. The most affordable form of therapy is the use of injectable testosterone because, for one thing, it requires significantly fewer dosages than the topical prescriptions, which have to be applied at least once and sometimes twice each day.

Side effects such as fluid retention, headaches, skin irritations and acne, or joint pain, can occur with the use of any of the medically prescribed forms of testosterone replacement therapy; and the possible risk factors, such as producing too many red blood cells, are the same, as well. However, knowledgeable and conscientious TRT doctors understand how to minimize the potential for experiencing unwanted side effects and being exposed to any future risks.

Q: Can Men of All Ages Safely Use Low Testosterone Treatments?

More of us now know that keeping our critical hormone levels in their proper balance is one of the keys to health and longevity and over the past decade or so, the number of men over 40 who are using Low T therapy has tripled. This is the main reason that doctors have also seen an increase in questions about risks and benefits of testosterone therapy; but not all doctors are equally prepared to answer them.

Many general practitioners and primary care physicians will refer patients who are experiencing Low T symptoms to a urologist, an endocrinologist or hormone therapy specialist because they lack specific experience in the treatment of adult-onset hormonal disorders such as testosterone or growth hormone deficiency. Hormone replacement therapy requires expert knowledge of the testing methods; the symptomatology; and the latest treatments available to patients, along with the experience to recognize which patients are viable candidates for therapy and which are not. For adult-onset testosterone deficiency, most TRT doctors tend to discourage very young and very old adults from using treatment, because it is very rare for men under 30 to have developed an age-related deficiency – and in men 80 and older, the health advantages are outweighed by the possible disadvantages to geriatric health.

But for men who are between the ages of 30 and 80, the use of a medically prescribed and supervised testosterone replacement therapy program can have a very beneficial effect on both health and happiness, as long as they have no pre-existing medical conditions that would disqualify them form using this treatment. For this reason, be prepared to provide information about your own medical history whenever you are asking about your personal risks and benefits of testosterone therapy use. There could be something in your health history that your TRT provider should know about, which is why a complete medical history is always requested from patients of Nexel Medical before a recommendation for treatment can be made by our doctors.

Yet for adults who qualify for Low T medical treatment, the benefits have been shown to substantially exceed any possible risks that have been associated with the use of bio-identical testosterone. But get answers to all of your questions first, and then with the input of your hormone therapy doctor, you will be able to decide if using a TRT program is the right decision to make for the benefit of enjoying better health and a more satisfying lifestyle.

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