Most of us think of a big hulking vascular mass when it comes to testosterone replacement therapy, like aging action heroes such as Sylvester Stallone. They have had a negative stigma attached to them for a long time but can be extremely beneficial if done so properly.
Testosterone replacement therapy is becoming extremely common among the general public. This is because as science progresses we are further understanding just how important testosterone is to our health overall and not just our sexual health as previously thought.
Testosterone levels affect mood, muscle growth, sexual drive, energy levels, and our ability to think clearly among other things. Unfortunately testosterone levels in all men begin to drop with age, with about 40% of men over 45 suffering from low levels of testosterone.
Again having low levels of testosterone makes us immediately think of the negative sexual side effects as a result which we of course are concerned about, but we have to remember the other negative health effects like osteoporosis and depression as well.
The effects that low level testosterone has on the body can been seen greatly over time. Men who have low testosterone will have less muscle mass and have more difficulty gaining muscle as well. They will also have less body hair, reduced sex drive and could potentially even become fertile as a result of low testosterone.
What Causes Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone can be causes by a number of things including birth defects, testicles not descending, injury, radiation and of course age. By in large the biggest cause of lower testosterone levels in men is advanced age.
If you haven’t suffered from any injury to your manhood or had chemotherapy lately and are suffering from symptoms like fatigue and low sex drive as a result of low testosterone; the most likely cause is your age.
Another tell tale sign of reduced testosterone is the accumulation of extra fat especially around the midsection and in some cases the chest. If you all of a sudden have developed man boobs and are in otherwise good shape, low testosterone is the most likely culprit.
How Do You Know For Sure if You Have Low Testosterone?
The only definitive way to tell whether or not your testosterone levels are low is to go to the doctor for a blood test. These levels can accurately be tested because testosterone is transferred throughout our body by our blood vessels. Low red blood cell count is another indicator of low testosterone as well.
The best time to test your testosterone levels is in the morning, so if you are low when you first wake up you definitely should seek out replacement therapy options.
Replacement therapy will help improve your mood, improve your sex drive, will give your more energy and will allow you to perform better in the gym and in athletics as well. Testosterone replacement therapy has shown the ability to fight against osteoporosis and depression as well.
What Treatment Options Are Available?
The most common type of testosterone replacement therapy treatments are injections. Injections are administered usually every two weeks, through the muscle.
The major disadvantage to this type of treatment is that the testosterone is released in to the body all at once, and the levels of which decrease gradually over time. This therapy is very effective in the short term for people who have extremely low levels of testosterone.
Another newer treatment option is one administered through a patch, similar to those with nicotine. The benefit to this treatment is that the testosterone is absorbed at a constant rate through the skin in to the bloodstream, steadily supplying the body with testosterone.
The only disadvantage to the patch is that it can cause skin irritation.
A third option is a gel which supplies the body with a consistent amount of testosterone similar to the patch. The difference between the two is that gel can be applied anywhere and can be used more discreetly. When using the gel, remember to not wash it off for at least 8 hours or so to get the most benefit out of it.