Male Hormone Replacement Therapy in Lawrenceville, GA
Addressing Hypogonadism and Other Concerns
During adolescence or early adulthood, most men feel energetic, strong, and sexually driven. This is because testosterone levels peak around this time. As men age, however, testosterone levels gradually start to drop. Sometimes, men lose too much testosterone at once and suffer from all sorts of physical and psychological ailments. Fortunately, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can be helpful for men whose testosterone levels are too low.
If you are interested in exploring male hormone replacement therapy or TRT, Royal Blue Medical Center can help.
Call us at (770) 766-4609 today to get started.
Who Needs Male Hormone Replacement Therapy?
The only men who need TRT are those with unnaturally low levels of testosterone. For example, men with hypogonadism tend to benefit from hormone replacement therapy because their testes do not produce enough testosterone.
In men, testosterone supports:
- Sexual development
- Reproductive function
- Building muscle
- Maintaining bone density
- Healthy levels of red blood cells
When you age, decreasing testosterone does not affect your overall health more than the regular aging process. For some men, though, the aging process can be especially difficult.
Male hormone replacement therapy for aging men is still in experimental stages, but if you are struggling with lower than normal testosterone levels, TRT may be able to help.
Talk to our experienced team of medical professionals for more information.
What Is Hypogonadism?
According to Mayo Clinic, “male hypogonadism is a condition in which the body doesn't produce enough of the hormone that plays a key role in masculine growth and development during puberty (testosterone) or enough sperm or both.”
Some men are born with this condition and others develop it later in life, often as the result of an injury or infection.
In adults, the symptoms of hypogonadism include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased energy
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased muscle mass
- Decreased hair growth
- Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)
- Gynecomastia (development of breast tissue)
- Mental and emotional changes
- Inability to concentrate
- Hot flashes
If you have any of the symptoms above, it may be time to try hormone replacement therapy at Royal Blue Medical Center.
How Testosterone Replacement Therapy Works
TRT is not appropriate for all men, but if you and your doctor decide it is right for you, you will receive testosterone in one of three ways:
- Your doctor will inject intramuscular testosterone into the muscles of your buttocks every 2 to 3 weeks.
- You will apply testosterone patches to different muscles each day.
- You will apply topical testosterone gel to your shoulders, arms, or abdomen daily.
Some methods of TRT work better for certain patients, so you will work with your provider to determine which one will be most comfortable and effective for you.
Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Safe?
One of the main reasons TRT is not recommended for all aging men is because of the side effects. Some men feel bloated after taking testosterone and develop acne and increased urination.
Other side effects include:
- Sleep apnea
- Increased cholesterol levels
- Decreased testicle size and sperm count
- An increased number of red blood cells
- High blood pressure
- Muscle and chest pain
- Blurry vision
- An increased risk for blood clots
In men with unnaturally low testosterone levels, the benefits of TRT usually outweigh these side effects, but for men who are experiencing a drop of testosterone due to the natural process of aging, they may be a deterrent.
Choosing whether or not to complete male hormone replacement therapy is a personal choice and one you should make with the careful guidance of medical professionals.
If you think TRT may be right for you, consider treatment at Royal Blue Medical Center.
Why Choose Us?
Royal Blue Medical Center develops efficient and personalized treatment plans for each patient, and we are often able to relieve symptoms that traditional medicine cannot. Our knowledgeable and compassionate staff take pride in walking you through the therapy process and helping you recover from the effects of low testosterone.
Our facility is also among the most affordable in Georgia and our hormone replacement therapy starts at $35 for some patients.
For more information, please call us at (770) 766-4609 or click here to schedule your appointment online.