Group of people jogging to boost testosteroneTestosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a medical treatment designed to address low testosterone levels in men and women. Testosterone is a major sex hormone produced primarily in the testes and plays a crucial role in various aspects of men’s health. 

In women, testosterone is produced in various locations. About a quarter of the total testosterone is produced in the ovaries, another quarter produced in the adrenal glands and about 50 % produced in the peripheral tissues from the different precursors.  A very interesting fact is that in women there are much higher levels of testosterone than estrogen when converted into the same measuring units. However, women have overall much lower levels of testosterone compared to men. In young healthy women, daily production of testosterone approximates 250 micrograms, which is 20 to 30 times lower than what is produced in men. 

Factors that influence T production:

Emotional stress, intense physical activity, vigorous sports, sugary foods are reducers of testosterone. Foods high in protein or saturated fat increase testosterone production.

The importance of this hormone can not be underestimated. There is abundant research data showing great deal of health benefits of testosterone supplementation in case of deficiency and clear physical complaints. Men with low T typically complain of extreme fatigue, low stamina, low mood, weight gain, decreased libido, and sexual performance.Women also have complaints of fatigue, low libido, anxiety, lack of assertiveness, difficulties building muscles even with structured weight bearing training which can be frustrating. One of the health benefits of optimizing testosterone levels is on preventing bone loss and lowering risks of fractures in both men and women. Testosterone is protective of the heart, it protects against obesity and diabetes, supports brain function and prevents cognitive decline, it improves mood, memory, and reduces anxiety. 

Hormone balancing may significantly help patients who have issues associated with low testosterone levels. 

In this guide, we look at the factors of low testosterone and how testosterone replacement therapy is used to improve hormone levels, energy, mood, and more. 

What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy

woman exhausted from hormone imbalanceResearch published in the “Journal of Sexual Medicine” in 2017 demonstrated that TRT can significantly improve sexual function, including libido and erectile function, in men with low testosterone levels.

TRT is typically recommended when a man has a condition known as hypogonadism, which is characterized by insufficient testosterone production by the testes. This can happen due to aging, testicular injury, infection, or underlying medical conditions. Low testosterone levels can result in a range of symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue and low energy.
  • Reduced muscle mass and strength.
  • Increased body fat.
  • Mood swings or depression.
  • Decreased libido and sexual function.
  • Cognitive issues, such as difficulty concentrating.
  • Osteoporosis or decreased bone density.

The goal of testosterone replacement therapy is to bring your testosterone levels back to a healthy physiological range, alleviating these symptoms and improving your overall quality of life. 

Testosterone Replacement Methods Explained

There are several methods of administering TRT, including:

  1. Injections: Testosterone can be administered through intramuscular injections, typically every few weeks.
  2. Gels and Creams: Topical gels or creams are applied daily to the skin and can be absorbed through the skin to deliver a steady dose of testosterone.
  3. Patches: Transdermal patches are applied to the skin and release a controlled amount of testosterone over a specified time.
  4. Implants: Testosterone pellets are surgically implanted under the skin and slowly release hormones over several months.

It’s best to talk to a doctor who can determine the best method based on your specific needs and preferences. It’s essential to have your testosterone levels regularly monitored during TRT to ensure they remain within the optimal range and that the therapy is working effectively.

Dealing with Low Testosterone? Try Therapy First

Testosterone replacement therapy can bring about significant improvements in a man’s vitality, mood, and overall well-being. However, it’s important to remember that TRT is a medical treatment and should only be pursued after a thorough evaluation and discussion with a qualified healthcare professional. They will consider your individual health circumstances to determine whether TRT is a suitable option for you and provide guidance throughout the treatment process.

If you suspect low testosterone is affecting your life, talk to the specialists at Health and Beauty Integrative Center about testing and hormone balancing. Schedule your consultation to get started.