Many aging men and women with low hormone levels report improved energy levels, sex drive, and mood after hormone replacement therapy.
Learn why you should or shouldn’t choose hormone replacement therapy and schedule your consultation with an expert at ReGen Clinics in Austin or Midland, Texas.
The symptoms of low testosterone are sometimes obvious, but can be subtle. Testosterone levels decline naturally in men as they age over decades, and symptoms may appear slowly. Low testosterone symptoms include:
If a man has symptoms of low testosterone and tests show he has a low testosterone level, a doctor may suggest treatment. For millions of men who have low testosterone levels but no symptoms, no treatment is currently recommended.
Testosterone replacement therapy is available in several forms. All can improve testosterone levels:
Gels come in packets of clear testosterone gel. Testosterone is absorbed directly through the skin when you apply the gel once a day. AndroGel, Axiron, and Foresta also come in a pump that delivers the amount of testosterone prescribed by your doctor.
Testosterone can also be injected directly into the muscles, or implanted as pellets in the soft tissues. Your body slowly absorbs the testosterone into the bloodstream.
Why not a simple testosterone pill? Oral testosterone is available. However, some experts believe oral testosterone can have negative effects on the liver. Using other methods, such as gels, injections or hormone pellets, bypass the liver and get testosterone into the blood directly.
The pituitary gland produces hormones that promote growth and maintain the functions of our organs and tissues. However, as we age, our pituitary gland produces fewer hormones. The reduction is linked to decreased bone and muscle mass development.
Fortunately, there is a synthetic version of the growth hormone available for individuals who have an extremely natural production. The results from the synthetic human growth hormone (HGH) help adults and athletes maintain their vitality when their bodies no longer produce adequate amounts of it on their own.
Like with any therapy or treatment, HGH therapy comes with a few risks and side effects. However, these risks and side effects are not very common and for most patients, the benefits significantly outweigh them. Possible side effects and risks include:
If you experience these side effects, it is possible that your dosage is incorrect and that your doctor may need to adjust the amount of hormone you receive in HGH therapy. By adjusting the dosage, you may experience fewer symptoms.