Testosterone Replacement Therapy

You may hear about TRT But what does it mean?

TRT is an abbreviation for testosterone replacement therapy. It is a treatment tool that is used to replace the defect in testosterone levels that can happen due to various causes such as increased age or even non-medical uses. Sometimes it is called androgen replacement therapy.

Young men sometimes seek the use of TRT for non-medical reasons such as;

  • Increased energy levels,
  • enhancing the sexual drive,
  • losing some weight,
  • the desire for gaining muscle mass,
  • and its use is common as it is a beneficial tool to some extent for athletic activities.

With Shedding the light on the pros and the cons of the TRT, and asking the question

Is TRT safe for men?

  • TRT actually carries some great benefits either medically or non-medically; Lack of testosterone hormone medically can lead to health issues, which include osteoporosis, loss of muscle mass and strength, and psychological issues. After undergoing the testosterone level test and an actual check of the hormone level is done, TRT can be prescribed.
  • TRT is used for those who are diagnosed with clinical hypogonadism, as there are some disorders that cause hypogonadism. FDA approved that use with that way.
  • TRT is used for men who experience erectile dysfunction, as low testosterone can lead to that condition.
  • After the use of TRT as a treatment, men cannot experience that condition anymore. It is prescribed for elderly people sometimes to increase the level of testosterone, and as a result levels of energy can be boosted, and the whole physical activity can be enhanced.
  • Some recent studies had found that testosterone increases hemoglobin levels in men with anemia and improves bone density.

Risks or side effects that are linked to the TRT:

it had been said that there are some side effects of its use as:

  • chest pain,
  • the difficulty of breathing and speaking,
  • low sperm count,
  • low levels of good cholesterol,
  • swelling of hands and legs.

*That does not mean it will happen to anyone who uses it.

By shedding the light on the different bioidentical types of the testosterone replacement therapy we will find that there are

Different forms of TRT;

  1. In injection form; there is testosterone cypionate or Depo-Testosterone, and testosterone enanthate. It is injected via the muscles or under the skin.
  2. Testosterone undecanoate is given via deep intramuscular injection, the procedure is done by a consultant to follow any possible side effects.
  3. Testosterone gel is considered one of the most common TRT formulations. It is applied directly to the skin. The gel form is water-based and typically contains a high percentage of alcohol.
  4. Testosterone cream is an emulsion of oil and water.

Clinical studies have shown the gel form absorbs faster and more effectively than those in the form of creams. The cream form contains a higher quantity of the active agent. Testosterone gel and cream will also have the option of natural products which are considered bioidentical hormone products.

Starting consumption of TRT as treatment must be under the supervision of a professional doctor, so searching for a consultant near you to begin the Testosterone Replacement Therapy is a vital step. That treatment is taken after undergoing a hormone test to know the specific level you have.

Dosage:

A dose of nearly 100 to 200 mg is suitable to begin, of enanthate every 5 to 7 days. This leads to optimal ranges (800 ng to 1000 ng).

Cypionate form which is long-acting testosterone is metabolized in nearly seven to eight days. The starting dose is nearly 100 mg to 200 mg, but only injected every 7 days.

But regarding the gel form, the recommended starting dose is 40,5 mg daily in the morning.

The exact dose of Testosterone Replacement Therapy is put under the supervision of the physician as it differs from one person to another. Visit our clinics in Rawai or Laguna Phuket. 

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