The Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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The Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Many American men have decided to utilize testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to restore their masculine hormones back to normal levels. As a result, men are assured that TRT can make them more alert, energetic, sexually functional, and mentally sharp.

If you have low testosterone levels, consider testosterone replacement therapy at Ageless Expressions Clinic in Littleton and Golden, Colorado. However, while this might work effectively, safety concerns linger. This article sheds more light on the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy and everything you need to know about TRT.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone produced in men that helps maintain men's fat distribution, bone density, sex drive, sperm production, red blood cell production, facial and body hair, and muscle strength. Testosterone levels are usually at peak during adolescence and early adulthood. Then, as men continue aging, their testosterone levels gradually reduce by about one percent a year after age 30 or 40.

However, it is essential for older men to confirm if a low testosterone level is due to normal aging or caused by hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is a disease that interferes with the ability of a man to produce normal amounts of testosterone.


Symptoms of Low Testosterone

If your testosterone production levels drastically reduce, you may experience various symptoms, including:

Low Sex Drive

Testosterone plays a major role in a man's sex drive, often known as libido. While some men may experience a low sex drive as they age, those with low testosterone will experience a more drastic drop than normal.

Erection Difficulty

Testosterone primarily helps a man achieve and maintain ejaculation. It signals the brain receptors to produce nitric oxide, which helps trigger a chemical reaction necessary for an erection. As a result, a person with low testosterone levels may experience difficulty achieving an erection before sex.

Hair Loss

Testosterone plays a key role in the hair production of a man. While most men may become bald as they age, those with low testosterone levels may lose body and facial hair drastically.

Increased Body Fat

Men with low testosterone levels may develop increased body fat or have enlarged breast tissue, often known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia occurs when estrogen and testosterone are imbalanced in the body.

Smaller Penis Size

Testosterone plays an important role in developing the penis and testicles. Therefore, low testosterone levels can contribute to a man having a smaller penis and testicles. However, other reasons that may contribute to a man having a smaller penis include obesity, hypogonadism, aging, and prostate surgery.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a popular treatment for men with low testosterone or hypogonadism. The treatment is administered in different methods, including:

Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone Replacement Therapy has helped many men who suffer from low testosterone. While men may report many conflicting results, some of the notable benefits of TRT include the following:

Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Many men may rush to get this treatment without asking themselves, 'what are the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy?' A few men experience immediate side effects after the treatment, such as breast swelling, acne, swelling in the ankles, and disturbed breathing while sleeping. On the other hand, men who use testosterone replacement therapy may experience long term side effects such as cardiovascular issues like strokes, heart attacks, and other heart diseases. Some physicians also claim that testosterone replacement therapy could potentially stimulate the growth of prostate cancer cells.

Get Started Today

While Testosterone Replacement Therapy may have its side effects, the benefits of it usually outweigh the potential risks. It offers men with low testosterone a chance to feel better and restore their dignity.

However, before making the decision, speak with a doctor at Ageless Expression Clinic, who will help you take a well-thought out approach. Visit us at either of our Littleton and Golden, Colorado, locations to start your testosterone replacement therapy journey.

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