Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is considered to be the gold standard for the treatment of low testosterone levels. Testosterone is an essential hormone that is used by the body for male sexual, physical, and mental development. When there is not enough testosterone being produced by the body, it can cause a range of problematic symptoms that can decrease one’s quality of life while also increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, anemia, and diabetes. In these cases, testosterone replacement therapy is generally recommended to improve sexual function, reduce body fact, increase muscle strength, and improve bone health. Testosterone replacement therapy has also been shown to lower fasting glucose levels in men with type II diabetes, decreases cholesterol, and improves lean body mass.
Did You Know?
Approximately 2 out of every 100 men under the age of 80 and about 50% of men over the age of 80 have low testosterone levels. Additionally, men with obesity or diabetes are at an increased risk of developing low testosterone.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)?
You may be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) if you are over the age of 40 and have noticed symptoms of low testosterone such as:
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Moodiness or depression
- Memory loss or poor concentration
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Dry skin
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then you may be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bortecen of SoHo Men’s Health today!
How is low testosterone diagnosed at SoHo Men’s Health?
At SoHo Men’s Health, low testosterone is diagnosed by first discussing your symptoms, medical history, and current medications. Dr. Bortecen will also perform a physical examination that evaluates your BMI, hair patterns, size of the breasts, size of the testes, and the size of the prostate. Finally, a blood testosterone level test will be performed to determine your testosterone levels.
What can I expect when receiving testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) from SoHo Men’s Health?
When receiving testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) from SoHo Men’s Health, you can expect to have testosterone supplemented transdermally, through injection, orally, intranasally, or with special pellets that sit below the skin. Transdermal testosterone treatments can include: creams, gels, liquids, and patches. Injectable testosterone is injected under the skin or in the muscle at various intervals. Oral testosterone is delivered through a tiny patch above the incisor teeth. Intranasal testosterone is delivered through the nose. Testosterone pellets are placed under the skin around the upper hip or buttocks every 3-6 months. Your exact treatment will depend on a number of factors and Dr. Bortecen will help you choose the best one for you.