How Testosterone Doctors Can Help
Testosterone is the sex hormone that fuels both the male and female sex drive or libido. In men, testosterone maintains muscle mass and strength, bone mineral density, thicker skin tone and is responsible for male secondary sexual characteristics such as Adam's apple, facial and body hair and deep voice.
Typically, a blood test that tests for low testosterone levels used to establish low testosterone levels is ordered because a man is experiencing a health condition such as low libido, erectile dysfunction or infertility. Because testosterone influences mental acuity and mood, men with low levels may feel depressed, angry, tired, or confused. Don't depend on a single test to tell you that your testosterone levels are low. Levels fluctuate throughout the day and are usually highest in the morning; for this reason doctors generally prefer to test your blood early in the day. So you may need repeated tests to confirm that you do have a testosterone deficiency.
Hormone Therapy Products for Low Testosterone in Men. Most testosterone doctors will prescribe the following regimen.
Testosterone Cypionate Injections are for intramuscular injection, and contains Testosterone Cypionate which is the oil-soluble 17 (beta)- cyclopentylpropionate ester of the androgenic hormone testosterone.
Testosterone Treatment Products for Men
Testosterone enanthate/cypionate. 200 per ml bottles.
Arimidex. Anastrozole pill/capsule .5 or 1 milligram.
HCG. 5000 to 10,000 unit bottle.
Male Hormone Treatments include testosterone injections, patches, and pills. Other testosterone boosting products like herbal supplements and vitamins may help boost hormones levels. In addition to these medications and supplements, replacement therapy can also be done to promote testosterone production. Improved muscle mass, increased bone density, higher energy levels, higher sex drive, better sleep, increased rive, decreased irritability and anxiety are some of the benefits associated with testosterone replacement therapy.
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The causes of low testosterone include a pituitary disorder, damage to the testicles due to alcoholism, physical injury, or viral infection; chronic liver and kidney disease; iron overload; and cancer treatment. Stress can be a contributing factor as can any chronic illness. I don't know of any natural method of increasing testosterone levels. Men who lack normal age-appropriate amounts are treated with hormone replacement aimed at bringing levels back to normal and keeping them there. This should restore libido, increase bone density and muscle mass, and boost your mood. If erectile dysfunction has been a problem, this should address that as well.
You can get supplemental testosterone via an injection every two or three weeks or by using a skin patch or a gel that you rub into your skin. Both of these methods allow for continuous delivery of testosterone so that you absorb it at about the same pace as the body would naturally produce it. (Pills don't work - they can cause liver problems and don't provide adequate hormone levels.) If you use the gel, you must cover the application site to prevent contact with women and children. The patch can cause itching or irritation and can fall of when you sweat.
A newer method of testosterone supplementation involves a tablet that sticks to the surface of your gums and is slowly absorbed into the bloodstream (you replace the tablet every 12 hours). Side effects include gum or mouth irritation, bitter taste and headache, most of which disappear within two weeks.
More serious side effects from prolonged testosterone replacement can include breast enlargement, acne or oily skin, decreased testicular size, and an increased risk of prostate enlargement or prostate cancer in older men. In men with heart, kidney, or liver disease, there is also a risk of fluid accumulation that may contribute to congestive heart failure. Other potential side effects include sleep-related breathing problems or erections that occur too frequently or last too long.
If you think you need testosterone replacement treatment, be sure to see a hormone physician regularly for a medical exam.
Low Testosterone Treatment
When administered correctly, testosterone hormone treatment can have positive effects on sexual, mental, physical, and emotional health.
Hormone imbalance of male sex hormones can result in a diminished quality of life. Hypogonadism treatment to alleviate side effects and symptoms of low hormones have been developed by leading doctors in hormone replacement therapy. TRT normally consists of male hormnone therapy comprising Testosterone; HCG; and Anastrazole or Arimidex. Your hormone doctor will not usually prescribes testosterone by itself to ensure the main metabolite estrogen will stay under control.
High estrogen negates most of the benefits of testosterone injections or other testosterone treatments and can result in many of the same symptoms of low testosterone or testosterone imbalance. Extreme fatigue, low sex drive or impotence, insomnia, weight gain, muscle loss, depression, and moodiness. The goal is to have optimal level of hormones in the body. The ideal hormone and testosterone levels for good health are:
Total Testosterone (800 - 1,000 ng/dl)
Free Testosterone (250 - 300 pg/ml)
Estradiol (20 - 30 pg/ml)
SHBG (10 - 30 nmol/l)
DHT (60 - 70 ng/dl)
Prolactin (2 - 3 ng/ml)
DHEA-S (300 ug/dl)
Melatonin (3 - 6 mg)