Testosterone Replacement

Testosterone Replacement Specialist
While low testosterone can affect a man’s sexual energy, it also impacts a wide range of other health issues. Dr. Anjan Patel and the team at Medical Solution Center in Boca Raton, Florida, can assess current testosterone levels and recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to restore health and vigor. Call today for an appointment with Medical Solution Center.

Testosterone Replacement Q & A

What causes low testosterone?

Producing less testosterone in the body is often a natural byproduct of aging in men over 50. For those with low testosterone who are younger, hypogonadism is the most likely culprit. Testosterone production is a job of the testicles, so it’s also possible that injury may impair the creation of new testosterone.

Since testosterone is the chemical behind a man’s sex drive, reduced drive is often the first noticeable symptom. However, low testosterone levels are linked to several other conditions affecting a man’s health. While it’s not yet certain that low testosterone causes these conditions, there is a statistical relationship between low testosterone and the presence of:

  •         Heart health
  •         Diabetes
  •         Osteoporosis
  •         Metabolic syndrome
  •         Obesity

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is the most common treatment for low testosterone. Medical Solution Center not only does the lab work to diagnose low testosterone at their office, but they also offer testosterone supplements and injections.

Are there risks with testosterone replacement therapy?

Yes, there are several potential side effects, including:

  •         Increased risk of heart attack or stroke
  •         Risk of stimulated prostate growth: Both cancerous and non-cancerous
  •         Enlarged breasts
  •         Limited sperm production
  •         Increased risk of blood clots
  •         Sleep apnea

Many of these side effects are temporary. They may end and even reverse when testosterone supplements end.

TRT therapy comes in many forms, including:

  • Injection
  • Patches
  • Gels
  • Gum-and-cheek placement
  • Nasal gel
  • Implanted pellets

Oral testosterone isn’t used for long-term replacement therapy, due to negative impact on liver health.

With topical testosterone products, care must be taken so that women or children don’t come in contact with the gel. Such contact could create serious side effects in a woman or child, such as abnormal hair growth or premature puberty.  

Can women benefit from testosterone therapy?

Generally, women won’t benefit from testosterone, and there are no FDA-approved testosterone supplements for women. However, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using estrogen, a female hormone, is one of the most effective treatments for many of the symptoms accompanying menopause. In some cases, adding testosterone to estrogen therapy improves overall effects of hormone supplements. This is particularly the case for women whose ovaries have been removed. Supplements for women are available at Medical Solution Center.

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