October 3, 2022
Testosterone is a hormone in the body that helps support and maintain a number of important functions in the body, including bone and muscle mass, strength, stamina, production of red blood cells, fat distribution, and sex drive. Testosterone levels naturally begin to fall when men become middle aged, bringing with it a number of symptoms, including depression, fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, insomnia, irritability, memory loss, and loss of muscle tone and sex drive to name a few.
There are many benefits to treating low testosterone. It has been known to make your body more sensitive to insulin, improve musculoskeletal composition, enhance brain function and cognition, reduce inflammation and in turn lower the risk of heart disease. Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a helpful option that’s available for those who are experiencing low testosterone, which can be determined by a simple blood test and the symptoms that go with it. Options for treatment include:
- Injections – This is the most common form of TRT and involves having testosterone injected into body, either under the skin or into the muscle. It may be administered by a doctor, healthcare professional, or by you or a friend or family member in the comfort of your own home. A prescription is needed for this treatment option, and the frequency of how often it can be used can vary depending on the prescription.
- Pellets – Testosterone levels can be increased in the body by implanting a small pellet under the skin, and must be done by a healthcare professional. A pellet slowly releases testosterone into the body and can last up to 6 months before it needs to be replaced.
- Gels – This is an easy-to-use option that involves applying testosterone gel to a particular are of your body, such as the upper/inner thigh or arm/shoulder, so it is absorbed through the skin. It’s important to follow the instructions, as many brands differ when it comes to dosage and frequency of use.
- Patches – Similar to gels, patches are another easy-to-use option and work best by placing them on certain part of your body so testosterone can be absorbed through the skin. Patches last for up to 24 hours and need to be replaced regularly and consistently.
There are many factors that go into determining which option is best for you, and working with a trusted functional medicine practitioner is the best way to conduct blood work, monitor testosterone levels, and make sure you’re supported throughout the process.
If you’re interested in learning more about testosterone replacement therapy and which options may be best for you, contact Family Health Nurse Practitioner of Rochester today. We can be reached by calling 585-643-7393, or by emailing us through our secure contact page.