According to some of the most recent research, testosterone therapy definitely improves sexual function, specifically in improving libido, or sex drive.
That was the conclusion drawn by Susan S. Ellenberg, PhD, professor of biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, speaking to Endocrine Today about the University’s most recent “T Trials.” Dr. Ellenberg was discussing the clinical trials the Perelman School had designed earlier this year to test the effects of topical testosterone gel on sexual function, physical function and vitality.
She went on to say that “these studies, emerging from a rigorously designed and carefully conducted randomized placebo-controlled trial, provide substantially more, and more reliable, information on the effects of testosterone, than were previously available.” She added that the results of this research will provide practicing physicians better information on which patients can benefits most from testosterone therapy.
For example, when seeing “a patient with low testosterone who is concerned about his sexual function, our data shows that testosterone [therapy] may be beneficial.”
What Is Testosterone Therapy?
As the name implies, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, or T-therapy, is designed to replace what time and aging takes away.
Testosterone therapy can be given to you in a number of ways, including: hormone replacement pellets, injections, skin-patches, creams, lozenges, or any combination thereof. You and your doctor will decide together which delivery method is best for your needs and lifestyle.
Do I Have Low Testosterone?
When it comes to the production of testosterone, most men hit their peak around the age of 17. Levels will hover pretty close to that maximum through your 20s, and then slowly start to drop-off in the 30s and 40s. By the time you are in your 80s, you can expect that your testosterone level will be as much as 50% less than what it was when you were in your 20s.
Some guys can handle declining testosterone very well, and the drop in production does not impact their lives too greatly. But for most men, as you hit your 50s, 60s and older, you may start to feel the impact of Low-T. It may not be noticeable at first, you may think that feeling a little low, or feeling more tired, or depressed, is just “getting older.” But in reality, what you are experiencing could be low testosterone.
Symptoms of Low-T include:
- An overall sense of loss of drive, or vitality
- Mood swings
- Erectile dysfunction and other sexual issues
- Loss of energy
- Loss of muscle tone and increased belly fat
- Memory and other cognitive issues
If you are a man over 40, and you are experiencing any of these, you may have low testosterone. However, the only way to truly determine if you have an imbalance of one or more hormones related to your vitality, is with proper diagnosis and analysis.
The most accurate way to evaluate your hormone levels is with a blood test. Although saliva swab tests are used by some healthcare providers, blood tests provide a much more accurate result, and are the best way to determine whether Testosterone Therapy is medically indicated.
Once your blood is drawn, sophisticated laboratory testing is then used to accurately determine whether your hormone levels are normal or have become deficient.
Remember, what is normal for you, may be different for someone else, and that is why we use the latest in diagnostic tools, and our years of expert analysis, to determine the course of action that is most appropriate for your individual needs.
Only then will we be able to asses if testosterone therapy, or some combination of other optimal aging therapies, is right for you. Contact us today!