Is testosterone therapy safe?

Is testosterone therapy safe?

by Shearly (SU)

In recent years, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for men has become more commonplace. Like their female counterparts, men can and do experience changes in their hormone levels, causing symptoms such as weight gain, muscle loss, fatigue, a reduced sex drive, or even erectile dysfunction. The question is, is testosterone therapy a safe treatment? While some doctors have expressed concern about the safety of testosterone therapy, most doctors agree it is medically safe when closely monitored.

More About Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone is a male sex hormone that gives men their male characteristics, such as facial hair, deeper voice, and greater muscle mass. Beginning in the mid to late 40’s, men tend to produce less and less testosterone. By the time a man reaches his 60’s, testosterone levels are dramatically lower, often leading to a lower sex drive, changes in mood and sleep patterns, loss of bone and muscle mass, and decreased energy levels. Testosterone levels can be detected with a blood test, through visible signs and symptoms of low testosterone, or both. Besides the ones mentioned above, symptoms of low testosterone may also include:

·       Memory and concentration issues

·       High blood pressure

·       Abdominal fat

·       Depression

·       High cholesterol

As with any medical treatment, testosterone therapy can carry certain risks. Testosterone therapy may increase the chance of blood clots, sleep apnea, acne, or cause other side effects. Research is ongoing and has yet to reveal any clear cut answers. Some studies, for instance, have shown that testosterone therapy may increase a man’s risk of heart attack, blood clots and strokes.

Other studies have indicated the opposite, showing that testosterone may actually have a protective effect on the heart, and that testosterone levels have no impact on prostate health. One thing is certain however, testosterone therapy should be tailored to the specific needs of each patient. It should also be closely monitored in order to ensure the best possible outcome. The benefits of testosterone therapy may include:

·       Increased sex drive

·       Greater ability to maintain an erection

·       Increased bone density

·       Improved hemoglobin (in males with anemia)

Only a qualified physician can diagnose and treat low testosterone. If you or a loved one would like to know more about testosterone therapy in men, please call us at (833) 387-6737 today, or use our convenient online form. At SynergenX Health, we provide sophisticated care for testosterone replacement, weight management, as well as aesthetic services.