If you are under suspicion that you might be a candidate for a TRT treatment, should you proceed on your own by self-prescribing?
Not so fast.
Men with a reduced concentration of testosterone in their system do not necessarily mean they need treatment right away. It is a wrong perception of many and should be rectified with correct information.
There is a probability that TRT treatment or testosterone replacement therapy can bring about adverse side effects to the human male body, and if there are long-term risks involved here, they are not fully known in the medical and scientific fields yet.
Due to the possible risks, men whose clinical tests confirm they’re having symptoms of low T-levels should consider undergoing TRT therapy. Therefore, you need to seek professional and medical advice on this matter before doing anything.
Only your trusted physician can determine and decide if you need to undergo this kind of treatment or what not. Veer away from doing self-prescription because eventually, it might even put you to even greater risk.
Defining What Testosterone Is
Testosterone is a male hormone production of which primarily occurs in the male testicles. It is the most predominant hormone in the male human body and is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics.
Aside from which, testosterone also has a crucial role to play in maintaining muscle bulk, bone growth, sexual function and adequate concentration of red blood cells in the body.
Most of the time we point to the lowered concentration of testosterone in the human body as causing erectile dysfunction. However, in cases when decreased testosterone production is properly documented as the leading cause for ED, a proper TRT treatment may help improve the problem.
Leading Causes for Testosterone Deficiency
Deficiency in testosterone levels could be brought about by issues on the male testicle itself. There are instances also that it can be due to the brain’s hormone production. Issues like this can have its root causes in medical problems, genetic disorders or anomaly, or if the testicles suffered from previous physical trauma, unleashing some kind of damage to it and thus adversely affecting its function.
One of the most common genetic disorders that may likely lead to testosterone deficiency is Klinefelter syndrome. Another factor that can lead to decreased production of testosterone in the male human body is the use of the anabolic steroid.
Testosterone levels in men normally would reach their peak level when they reach the age of 20 up to 30 years. Past this age bracket, testosterone production will start to drop, gradually. Men who happen to have excessive weight are likely to have a greater drop in their blood testosterone concentration. The same scenario is also likely to happen in men having long-term medical issues.
Common Symptoms of Low Testosterone levels in the Body
The general impression of many people is that this condition can only happen to senior men. Wrong! The truth here is, it can start even as a young infant as indicated by having a micropenis. This is a condition in kids in which their penis failed to grow or develop to their expected normal size.
Teenagers may experience the following conditions
- poor muscle development.
- Voice not deepening through puberty years
- Poor development of facial and pubic hairs
- Stunted growth
- Small penis and testes
- Delayed puberty, or failure to undergo the normal process of it.
Adults may experience more pronounced symptoms such as the following:
- Inability to maintain focus
- Increased body fat
- Reduced muscle strength
- Constant lethargy
- Reduced semen volume
- Low sex drive
- Difficulty in reaching and keeping an erection (uncommon)
Senior men may have any of the following symptoms instead:
- Poor muscle strength
- Increased body weight, excessive fat
- Decreased libido or reduced interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Gynecomastia or enlargement of the breast
- Thinning of bone marrow, osteoporosis
Possible Treatment for Testosterone Deficiency
If by virtue of your medical tests, your physician will help you understand and shows you that your body is indeed having low production of testosterone, he may prescribe that you undergo testosterone therapy.
Although low T-levels in the body does not necessarily require treatment, your physician will do so if upon his estimation it will help address another issue like erectile dysfunction. It may not completely resolve the ED problem but there is a good possibility that it will somehow improve the condition.
TRT treatment is lifetime, which means to say once you get started on this it will be for life. Regular check-ups would be necessary, too.
Men, regardless of age, who happens to be suffering from diabetes and at the same time diagnosed as having low-T levels, too, would need to prioritize his diabetes treatment first or any other health condition he may be having. Doing so would increase his chances of getting his testosterone back to normal levels back to normal again.