Testosterone is a hormone produced naturally by the body that helps a man maintain energy, mood, bone strength, sex drive, sexual function, muscle mass, and strength. Most of the testosterone in a man's body is produced in the testicles.
NORMAL LEVELS OF TESTOSTERONE
Just like your cholesterol or blood pressure, there are ranges for testosterone levels that are considered normal. The brain and the testicles work together to keep testosterone in this range. When levels of testosterone are below normal, the brain signals the testicles to make more. When testosterone levels reach a normal level, the brain signals the testicles to make less. Normal levels of testosterone change as you age.
WHAT IS LOW TESTOSTERONE?
Low testosterone can be caused by a signaling problem that occurs between the brain and the testicles that causes the production of testosterone to drop below normal. The brain may also signal the testicles to cut testosterone production if it feels the body has too much testosterone. Low testosterone also can occur when your testicles can't make normal levels of testosterone. Low testosterone affects more than 13 million men in the U.S. over the age of 45. Even though it's natural for men to lose testosterone as they age, the medical condition hypogonadism, also known as low testosterone, is not a natural part of aging. Typically, there is no cure for low testosterone. It is a medical condition that may require ongoing treatment.
Benefits of Optimal Testosterone levels:
There are numerous additional benefits of optimizing your testosterone levels that aren't listed. The purpose behind testosterone replacement is to make your body more functional. Functional medicine helps create an environment where the body can function at it's best. With your testosterone levels optimized you can enjoy these benefits plus much more. The choice of hormone replacement therapy is best made with a thorough discussion between you and one our doctors here at Transformyou. This can be discussed at your free testosterone replacement therapy consultation.
CAN WOMEN HAVE LOW TESTOSTERONE?
Simply put, yes! We often mistake testosterone as the “male” hormone. While it’s true that men do produce ten times more testosterone than women, it still plays an important role in the health of women. This is especially true during a woman’s reproductive years when there is actually more testosterone produced in a woman than estrogen. Learn more about women's need for testosterone and the effects of low testosterone in women, or go straight to our page on how we treat women for low testosterone.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Options
Low testosterone can be easily diagnosed with a simple blood test and treated with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to bring your testosterone levels back to normal. The testosterone replacement therapy options available are:
- Intramuscular Injections
- Sublingual troches that are taken daily
- Testosterone creams that are applied daily to the shoulders, upper arms, or abdomen
Each of these options provides adequate levels of hormone replacement. Each has side effects and advantages and disadvantages.
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