A Guide On Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone is an important sex hormone. During puberty it deepens the voice of men, leads to height gain and facial hair. It is also responsible for muscle strength and mass, bone density and of course erections. And erectile dysfunction is one of the primary problems of low testosterone.
What is testosterone replacement therapy?
Testosterone replacement therapy helps increase the levels of testosterone in your body. It is a serious treatment and should only be resorted to after proper consultations with your doctor. There are many ways of administering the testosterone hormone.
1. Gels are the most used method because of ease of administering but they are expensive. The skin gels should be applied on your shoulders or arms every day. Can cause some skin irritation.
2. Next are injections. Good point - inexpensive and need to be administered every one or two weeks. Bad point - they are injections!
3. Another option is patches. These are left on the less hairy parts of the skin overnight for 24 hours. Select a different portion of your body every time. It can cause irritation.
4. Tablets are the other option. Now you don’t swallow them. Instead they are placed next to your gums for absorption and then changed after 12 hours. Also, you can use your mouth normally for eating, drinking and talking. But your gums may feel irritation and can even cause tooth aches.
Side effects of the therapy
Okay, now these side effects are small or something to be ignored. Also, these are possible side effects, with emphasis of 'possible'. It is not like everyone who goes for testosterone replacement therapy will surely get them. These are just possibilities, albeit serious ones.
· Dreaded acne.
· Breast enlargement. Yikes!
· Infertility. Double yikes!
· Putting on weight.
· Sleep apnoea i.e. problems in breathing while asleep.
· Swelled up feet or ankles.
· Mood swings.
So, as you can see the side effects are quite grim. So, do not take testosterone replacement therapy lightly. Proceed with caution after a detailed talk with your doctor.