When you consider testosterone therapy, it’s important to understand exactly what testosterone is and how it works in your body. Testosterone is a hormone that is necessary for secondary sexual characteristic development. Although it is primarily thought of as a hormone that makes males more masculine, it is present in females in smaller quantities, about one tenth as much as in males.
Testosterone does more than support healthy sexual development. In the male body, testosterone functions to:
- Lower cholesterol
- Enhance sex drive
- Support healthy sperm production
- Improve memory
- Build lean muscle
- Improve mood
- Improve sexual performance
- Protect against heart disease
- Increase energy
- Support bone density
- Encourage growth of body hair
- Maintain fat distribution
- Promote sperm production
- Support red blood cell production
This hormone is produced in the testicles of men and in the ovaries and adrenals of women. Everyone benefits from a healthy balance of testosterone, but for men it appears to be more influential on overall wellness. This is why some men seek out testosterone hormone therapy.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is an androgen, predominantly in the male hormone group. It increases cellular protein synthesis, thus contributing to the increase of muscular growth and other male characteristics. In men, it is secreted in the testicles.
While in the womb, male fetuses receive testosterone through the placenta. During this time, the hormone assists with the development of the testicles and penis. Testosterone raises during puberty for the further sexual development of young males, such as a deeper voice, body hair and muscle growth.
When does Testosterone Decline?
As men age, the amount of testosterone secreted in their bodies begins to decline, typically around the age of 30. While a decrease in testosterone production is normal with age, some men have lower than average testosterone levels, or even a testosterone deficiency, and thus seek out replacement testosterone therapy.
Men who live with low testosterone levels may experience changes in sexual function, such as decreased desire, fewer spontaneous erections and infertility. Other challenges may be insomnia, increased body fat with less muscle and bone mass, and hair loss. Some men might deal with things more common in women, such as tender breasts, hot flashes and anxiety or depression. The central nervous system and prostate could also be affected. These changes, while not necessarily dangerous, can greatly impact a man’s quality of life and feelings of self-confidence.
Hormone therapy for men acts much like hormone therapy for women, helping them to feel younger and better. For many men, the years when they were in their physical prime were when they felt the best. It is reasonable to expect some slow down with age, but there is no reason to live with lower than average testosterone levels that rob men of energy, strength and libido. The goal of testosterone therapy is to halt and reverse the upsetting decline that decreases the quality of life for men. The hormone therapy then becomes part of a positive cycle of physical improvement, mood elevation and motivation to live life to the fullest.
Testosterone hormone therapy for men may benefit women as well. The decrease in testosterone that happens with age can negatively affect both the male and female sex drive. Women, in some cases, may seek out their own testosterone replacement therapy. Men receiving testosterone therapy can enjoy heightened sexual feelings that positively impact their female partners as well. A more responsive man often encourages greater sexuality in women. For both sexes, working against the decrease of sexual function that happens with hormone imbalance is a good thing to do.
Testosterone therapy may also be the key to unlocking that youthful energy and ability that you know you still have. Doctors everywhere are hearing more patients ask about the benefits of testosterone hormone therapy on sexual function, muscle size and strength, increased energy, decreased fat and greater endurance.
Menopause and its male equivalent, andropause, do not have to mean the end of excitement and enthusiasm for the things that were once enjoyed. Men and women alike deserve to achieve a hormonal balance that allows your vitality to shine through.
When you consider hormone replacement therapy with Total Rejuvenation, know that you can put your trust in us. Our doctors believe in only prescribing the highest quality bio-identical hormone therapy methods, which means that what you put in your body is safe, and identical in molecular structure to the natural testosterone you would produce on your own. We also offer alternatives to controversial therapies in the form of sermorelin and vitamins and supplements.
Considering Testosterone Replacement Therapy
It is always important to balance the risks and benefits of any hormone therapy you are considering. One of the concerns held previously is that testosterone replacement was associated with an increase in cholesterol levels. However, more recent studies suggest that actual testosterone can help to lower LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol and raise HDL (or “good”) cholesterol.
For men who have prostate cancer, testosterone therapy is not recommended. Although it does not appear to cause prostate cancer, it may hasten the growth of an existing prostate tumor. For this reason, the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is even more important for all men considering testosterone therapy. An annual PSA test is the best way to screen for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, though it is more likely to occur in elderly men than in men under 60. Testosterone therapy is an approach to preventing prostate enlargement and cancer. Other measures include taking Saw Palmetto, a vegetarian diet, limiting fat and taking fish oil to supplement omega-3 fatty acids.
At Total Rejuvenation, your health and safety are our top priority. This is why our physician’s work with you to determine the best testosterone hormone therapy for your specific needs. Typically we will recommend injectable or topical creams. We do not use testosterone patches, as we find their performance to be subpar.
You deserve to feel the energy and health of your youth, and testosterone therapy is among the safest and best ways to get there. The numerous benefits for your muscles, bones, nerves, prostate and sexual function can help to increase your energy and quality of life.