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As medical patients, we are not always given a choice in terms of the type of treatment that should be prescribed for a particular medical condition. But now that Low T therapy patients do have that choice, it naturally leads to hormone therapy doctors being asked questions about which of all the types of testosterone therapy treatments is the best one to use. So what approach do doctors take when answering those questions? Do doctors advise their patients about which of the types of medically prescribed treatment products will work best for them on an individual basis? And what are criteria used by doctors who routinely prescribe TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) in advising patients on their best form of treatment?
If you have the right type of doctor prescribing your treatment, the type of person that you are will be taken into consideration. TRT is an ongoing form of therapy, so your personal preferences matter a great deal. Are you the type of person who can easily adapt to using a form of treatment that needs to be applied once or twice every single day from now on? If you are, then one of the topically applied TRT medications, which are available as both prescribed creams and gels, could be the right choice for you. However, you should also know that the results produced by these forms are not always consistent from patient to patient and that certain precautions must be taken when using them to avoid cross contamination through physical contact.
Maybe you are the type of person who would prefer the “tried and true” form of Low T therapy, which consists of using self-administered testosterone injections just a few times each month. This is the original form of treatment and it has produced a proven track record of consistent success for patients. For decades, patients have used pharmaceutically manufactured bio-identical testosterone in its injectable form to restore their male hormone levels back to the healthy and beneficial range. This methodology is not only the most established of the various types of testosterone therapy now being prescribed for patients, its results show that it is a highly predictable form of treatment. And it is also one of the most affordable forms of male hormone replacement therapy that patients can use.
Less is know about the results produced by several of the other available forms of Low T treatment, such as skin patches and implantable pellets, because they are still relatively new. Some patents have reported skin reactions to the patches, and some have reported discomfort at the implant site when using the subcutaneous pellets. The right TRT doctor will have all of this knowledge and foresight in mind when prescribing any patient’s specific type of treatment program.
The incidence of patients experiencing side effects from any of the different types of testosterone therapy have remained statistically low throughout the decades that this form of hormone replacement therapy has been in use. And because the active ingredient in all forms of TRT medication is bio-identical testosterone, many if the risks associated with prescription drug use simply don’t apply to Low T therapy patients who are not technically using drugs, but rather a controlled pharmaceutical substance – albeit a very powerful one.
However, the use of this pharmaceutical substance has been shown to be capable of causing certain reactions in a low number of TRT patients; these reactions include the development of acne or other skin disturbances; enlargement of breast tissue; minor fluid retention; and a higher risk for developing blood clots. If you are using the right type of doctor, associated effects such as these can usually be managed and/or eliminated by adjusting the dosage of your treatment, or possibly switching you to a different form of treatment. If side effects persist or worsen, suspending the use of your program of therapy will typically resolve them.
Some patients using the topical treatments have reported adverse reactions, such as skin rashes or other unwanted effects, at the site of the topical treatments. Similarly, patients using injectable testosterone sometimes report discomfort at the injection site. The essential thing that applies to all types of testosterone therapy is to immediately report any side effects you might experience to your prescribing physician so that steps can be taken right away to eliminate them for you.
Patients who are using testosterone injections may or may not be aware that there are two types that doctors can prescribe, testosterone cypionate and testosterone enanthate. Among doctors here is the United States, the most widely prescribed type by far is the cypionate form. What US doctors prefer about this form is that it has a longer active life and slightly slower release than the enanthate form.
Some people mistakenly believe that these two types of testosterone therapy medications are interchangeable; they are not. Both are effective treatments for Low T but each has its own chemical composition and patients should never vary from the type of treatment they have originally been prescribed without first obtaining their doctor’s consent and authorization. Any patient wants to use the enanthate form of injectable testosterone because it can cost slightly less than the cypionate form should discuss this with their TRT doctor. At Nexel Medical, we encourage all of our patients to ask us any questions they have about the type and cost of the treatments that our doctors prescribe for them. It is the best and most direct way to find out why our doctors prescribe the types of testosterone therapy they do and anything else you would like explained in greater detail.
Frankly, the use of testosterone enanthate is more common among bodybuilders who are generally not using it for the medicinal purpose of Low T therapy, which is to increase deficient male hormone levels. Testosterone abuse is illegal but it exists among adults who would rather have the exaggerated muscles (and the much higher risk for side effects) that excessive male hormone levels produce even at the cost of diminishing their overall health and longevity.
The only way that it is safe and effective for any adult to use any of the types of testosterone therapy, be it injections, topical forms, implanted pellets, skin patches, or whatever new form may currently be in development, is with the appropriate medical testing, evaluation, treatment program, and ongoing supervision if their TRT medical provider.
We would all like to think that our doctors always know exactly what is best for us, but doctors are fallible human beings just like the rest of us. However, it is perfectly reasonable to expect that doctors who specialize in the practice of hormone replacement therapies will have a greater expertise in treating hormone disorders such as Low T. At Nexel Medical, for example, the expertise of our TRT doctors has been achieved through years of experience and specialized medical training – and the treatment that we provide to our patients is of the highest medical standards.
It is completely legal for any licensed general medical practitioner to prescribe the various types of testosterone therapy for patients with Low T; however, it could be more advantageous for patients to use a hormone therapy specialist such as Nexel Medical for their treatment rather than their primary care provider. Many PCPs will actually refer their patients to an endocrinologist or other type of medical specialist for treatment, because of their limited experience in this field of medicine.
So what many adults are now doing is going directly to TRT specialists for treatment, especially now that it has become much more convenient for them to do so by using an online provider like Nexel Medical. Any adult in the US is welcome to contact us directly for locally available Low T testing and treatment procedures that are focused on one critical aspect of your health care, which is that of sustaining your hormonal health throughout adulthood. It also now much easier for adults to get the latest information about testosterone replacement therapy they need just by calling us. You don’t have to be a patient of Nexel Medical to be able to receive accurate and courteous answers to any of your TRT questions; we simply consider it our professional responsibility to make the facts about using testosterone therapy available to anyone who wants them.
We believe that our doctors do know best when it comes to the successful treatment of your Low T symptoms using the types of testosterone therapy now available to US patients, but that decision is ultimately yours to make.
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