Do you live in Brentwood, Nashville, Franklin, or surrounding regions in Tennessee and need testosterone replacement therapy? Dr. Lodge and the staff at Cool Springs MD will make sure you are the right candidate for this treatment so you can get back to living your life to the fullest.
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Men’s natural production of testosterone starts to decline once they are around 30 years of age. Testosterone replacement therapy, TRT, is used to help men with testosterone deficiency. Low testosterone, also known as low T, can have a negative effect on multiple body systems in males.
TRT, which is also called androgen replacement therapy, corrects the hormonal deficiency and imbalances, helping to relieve symptoms. TRT increases your body’s testosterone levels so that you are within a therapeutic range.
How Much Does TRT Cost?
TRT costs vary depending on the dosage and delivery method needed to put you back within normal limits. Dr. Lodge and the staff at Cool Springs MD will ensure that you are taking the proper dosage to not only help you feel better but also prevent the changes that can occur due to low testosterone levels (while minimizing the side effects that can occur from TRT).
Am I a Candidate for TRT?
Any male over the age of 30 who is concerned about low testosterone levels is a candidate. However, it is necessary to complete a blood sample to assess the testosterone content and see if your levels are lower than the normal range. Testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day and deficiencies are determined in combination with symptoms and not by lab values alone.
How is TRT Performed?
Similar to HRT for men. TRT can be administered through a variety of delivery methods, including patches, gels, injections, or even subcutaneous pellets. Each of these different methods have their own pros and cons. Depending on which administration method is utilized, the dosage and frequency of treatment can vary, so please speak with Dr. Lodge about your concerns so that you can receive the treatment method that is best for you. Additionally, your dose may be adjusted every few months as your testosterone levels are continually being monitored.
What is Recovery Like After TRT?
TRT can come with a few common side effects, so it is necessary to monitor for worsening or new symptoms while you are undergoing TRT. There is little to no recovery even with subcutaneous implants.
How Long Will My TRT Results Last?
TRT results last for as long as you are undergoing treatment. Unfortunately, TRT is not a cure for low testosterone — if you stop receiving TRT, your body’s testosterone levels will come back down to where they were prior to treatment and you may start experiencing symptoms once again.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy FAQs
Testosterone therapy can restore hormones to the optimal levels, reversing the many adverse effects of a testosterone deficiency. With testosterone therapy, patients can enjoy improved sexual health as well as better overall physical and mental health. In regards to sexual health, patients often experience a restored libido and sexual desire. Additionally, the ability to achieve and maintain an erection may be improved. Testosterone therapy also improves physical health by enhancing cardiovascular health, increasing lean muscle mass and greater bone strength and density. Finally, testosterone therapy can improve mood, memory and a person’s overall sense of well-being.
Side effects of testosterone therapy can vary depending on the type of testosterone therapy received. Generally, side effects can include acne, changes in mood, gynecomastia, increased blood pressure and fatigue or insomnia. Additionally, testosterone therapy may place patients at higher risk of heart conditions and prostate cancer.
Many studies have proven that patients who receive testosterone therapy for a testosterone deficiency are more successful in losing weight. This can be attributed to a few factors. First, testosterone therapy can increase lean muscle mass. When the body has more muscle, it burns more calories, which can contribute to fat loss. It is also believed that testosterone therapy can improve the body’s metabolic processes. Finally, testosterone therapy can give patients more energy and improve their overall well-being. This often makes it easier for patients to exercise consistently, which will lead to weight loss as an indirect result of testosterone therapy.
Think TRT is the right procedure for you? If you live in Brentwood, Franklin, Nashville, or the surrounding areas of Tennessee, contact Cool Springs MD to discuss your unique symptoms and situation with the staff and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lodge.