What is TRT and is it right for me?
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If you’re ready to seek professional help to address fatigue, loss of mental sharpness and decreased muscle mass, then TRT or Testosterone Replacement Therapy may be right for you.
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Tesosterone Replacement Therapy is a medical treatment where exogenous testosterone is administered to the patient by a doctor to reduce the effects of low testosterone. Testosterone serves several purposes in the male body. These including development of male characteristics during puberty, assisting with liver function, helps retention of protein in the body and is the main hormone that distinguishes male from female characeristics. TRT can assist the patient in returning to normal or optimal testosterone levels.
What is BHRT and why is it different?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an alternative approach that represents the body’s own chemical structure of hormones more closely. Although all bioidentical hormones are still made in a lab (pharmacy), resembling natural testosteron. This is in contract to methyltestosterone, a patented synthetic testosterone created in the 40s and 50s that was passed off as “normal” but never seen in the human body before and therefore associated with liver cancer and heart disease.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you maintain sleep and feel more rested, give you better cognition, increase strength and athletic performance and improve libido. It can also give you an overall sense of well-being and motivation.
Isn’t hormone replacement a woman’s treatment?
Women have championed the benefits of hormone replacement therapy for menopause for decades now but men have been slow to seek help for testosterone decline. Why? Well, until recently, andropause (men’s version of menopause) was less well known because it wasn’t quite so understood as menopause. Also, since the effects of lowered testosterone start gradually, many men may not notice them at first. Even once the symptoms become obvious, men often attribute their fatigue, muscle loss, and lowered sexual desire to the normal aging process. Or, they blame them on external factors such as increased stress at work.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle that prevents men from seeking treatment is that they are less likely to mention their problems to a medical expert or even discuss it with their friends. This means they’re less likely to learn about the benefits of therapy. Rather than complaining about their symptoms many men just seem to grin and bear it, rather than consulting a doctor and finding the really very simple solution to their problems.
What’s the process for Testosterone Replacement Therapy at VIOR?
The VIOR approach is to restore your equilibrium as a whole. Testosterone is only one of the hormones impacting men’s health. There are many hormones that affect the health of both men and women. A lack of any one hormone can cause serious health issues.
Therefore, it’s important to get the right balance of all your body’s hormones and not focus solely on testosterone. Here at VIOR, we have a precise process to determine if you are a candidate for BHRT and then get you started with a custom program.
- The consultation: Once we have identified that hormonal imbalance may be a contributing factor to your health concerns, a detailed history and symptom questionnaire are performed.
- Blood testing: Initial blood testing is done to determine your current hormonal state to determine if you qualify for this type of treatment. This may be supplemented with urine and/or saliva testing.
- The Review: Once the results of the labs have returned, your results will be discussed and a physical exination performed if you qualify.
- Start hormones: The first shipment of your program is reviewed in our office where we demonstrate the proper mixing and injection techniques. In subsequent months, the prescriptions will be shipped to your home.
What’s the best type of TRT treatment for me?
Everyone is different; we’ll formulate a plan to suit your body and your lifestyle. Options include lipoderm based creams applied daily or injections. We do not offer pellets due to fluctuations in the dosage over time.
I have a needle phobia, is there another way of receiving TRT?
Yes. Newer methods such as gels and creams are becoming increasingly popular. They allow testosterone to get absorbed through the skin and offer a non-invasive alternative to pills and injections. There are pros and cons of each and will be discussed with you during your consultation.
Are there any side-effects of TRT?
Bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy is safe when used properly. Like any medication, or supplement for that matter, there are some side effects that may occur. These may include:
- acne and/or oily skin
- decreased testicular size (remedied with the use of HCG)
- decreased sperm count
- elevated red blood cell count/hematocrit
- fluid retention
TRT has also bee shown to increase the size of the prostate in some patients. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer you should not undergo this therapy without first consulting your physician.
Does TRT cause prostate cancer?
Earlier studies showing the negative consequences of TRT were based on the use of synthetic hormones rather than the more natural bioidentical hormones that we use at VIOR. Dr. Morgentaler, author of Testosterone for Life argues it’s actually men with low testosterone levels who have an increased percentage of prostate cancer. Further, the substantial benefits of TRT: protecting men against heart attacks, coronary artery disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis outweigh the potential risks but TRT must be monitored closely by an experienced physician or group.
Want to know how it will take before you start to see results? Check out our blog on How long it takes for TRT to work.
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