As men enter middle age, levels of testosterone in the body decline. Though the timeline for each individual is different, after age 30-40, testosterone tends to decline by an average of 1% per year. This is a normal part of the aging process and usually nothing to worry about.
However, if you are experiencing abnormally low levels of testosterone or hypogonadism (a physical problem with the testicles or pituitary gland), testosterone replacement therapy in the form of pellets, patches, or injections may help you regain energy, focus, and sexual function.
As your testosterone levels drop, you may experience:
- Physical changes such as loss of muscle mass, decreased bone density, gynecomastia (the enlargement of male breasts), thinning body hair, and lower energy levels
- Emotional changes such as feelings of fatigue, depression, difficulties with concentration and memory, and low levels of motivation and self-confidence
- Sexual difficulties such as low libido, infertility, fewer spontaneous erections, and difficulty maintaining erections
In some men, testosterone replacement therapy can alleviate these symptoms.
Though testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has helped many men function better in their daily lives, it shouldn’t be viewed as a silver bullet to solve all problems. Before seeking TRT, you should have your testosterone level measured carefully and multiple times to make sure that it is abnormally low.
If you are simply experiencing fatigue or have difficulty maintaining an erection, you should make sure that other lifestyle or psychological factors aren’t contributing to these problems before seeking out TRT. However, if you are eating a good diet, getting regular exercise, and not experiencing elevated stress, and your testosterone levels are still unusually low, then testosterone replacement therapy may be a good choice for you.
Schedule an appointment today to discuss whether you may be a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.
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