How Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?

How Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?

Low testosterone, also referred to as hypogonadism or testosterone deficiency syndrome is a condition characterized by abnormally low levels of testosterone in the body. Many people with this deficiency may require hormone replacement therapy. We will explore this option for replenishing natural testosterone levels in today’s post.


What Causes Testosterone Deficiency in Men?

Your body’s ability to produce testosterone tends to diminish with age. Numerous factors can accelerate this decline in testosterone levels, including an injury to the testes, testicular cancer, hormonal imbalance, metabolic disorders, alcoholism, opioid abuse, steroid abuse, obesity, stress, and more. 


Common Signs of Low Testosterone

The most common signs of testosterone deficiency include:

  • Decreased sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction 
  • Low semen volume
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of facial and body hair
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Low energy level
  • Weight gain
  • Testicular atrophy


What Are Some Treatments for Testosterone Deficiency?

Hormone replacement therapy, commonly referred to as Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), is an effective treatment for low testosterone. In this method, a practitioner administers exogenous testosterone at regular intervals to increase the testosterone levels in your body. There are four standard methods for delivering exogenous testosterone, including testosterone patches, testosterone gels, testosterone pellets, and testosterone injections. 


Testosterone Patches

You can apply these patches to your skin, similar to nicotine patches. They contain testosterone in an easily absorbable form. There are various places to place the patches, such as your upper arms, thighs, or abdomen. You will need to change the patch every 24 hours.  


Testosterone Gels

Testosterone gels contain testosterone in a readily absorbable form. You can apply the gel on your arms, shoulders, abdomen, or thighs. The amount of gel required daily can range from 2.5 to 10 grams, depending on your T levels. 


Testosterone Pellets

Testosterone pellets release testosterone slowly over time, anywhere from two to four months. A practitioner implants testosterone pellets into your body, typically in the abdominal region or buttocks. 


Testosterone Injections

Testosterone injections are the most common method of dispensing testosterone in hormone replacement therapy. In this method, a practitioner administers testosterone cypionate into your body with the help of intramuscular injections. Once injected, the testosterone enters your bloodstream gradually, which increases your overall T levels to near-normal levels.

Testosterone injections are cost-effective and tend to deliver better results compared to other methods of TRT. It is one of the reasons why most men prefer these injections over gels, patches, and implantable pellets. 


Are You a Suitable Candidate for Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

If your testosterone levels fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter and you exhibit one or more symptoms associated with low testosterone, then you might be a suitable candidate for testosterone replacement therapy. The amount of testosterone you need depends on your current T levels, so practitioners customize the injections for each individual. Most people require injections once or twice a week. Regular doses of exogenous testosterone can increase your sex drive, muscle mass, bone density, and energy levels considerably. 


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