FAQ

WHAT IS TESTOSTERONE?


Testosterone is the male sex hormone. It is important for:
• Normal male sexual development and functions
• Growing boys to develop facial hair and deeper voice • Muscle strength • Men to make sperm • Male sex drive




SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE


• Lower sex drive
• Loss of hair, less hair growth
• Loss of muscle mass
• Fatigue
• Weight gain
• Lower energy, endurance, and physical strength
• Erectile dysfunction
• Depression/Irritability
• High cholesterol




WHAT CAUSES LOW TESTOSTERONE?


When testosterone blood levels are low this is called testosterone deficiency or TD. Around 2 in every 100 men may have TD. In general, testosterone levels get lower with age. Low testosterone is a blood level lower than 300ng/dl. Your TD may be linked to:
• Aging
• Obesity
• Harm to testicles by accident
• Chemotherapy or radiation • Opioid or antidepressant use • Diabetes
• Infection
• Pituitary gland disease • Autoimmune disease




GETTING TREATED WITH TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY (TRT)


You may need TRT if you have TD. Like all medication therapy you should know that TT has side effects. You should not take testosterone without seeing your doctor. Treatment is recommended for: • Persons born with TD due to diseases such as Klinefelter syndrome • Persons with sex organs that do not develop as usual
• Damaged testicles
• Blood testosterone level less than 300 ng/dl Health changes such as losing weight and exercising more could raise testosterone levels. You may also need to take the testosterone hormone. There are 5 ways to take testosterone:
• Transdermal (liquid, gel, patch to the skin)
• Injection
• Intranasal (through your nose) • Pellets under your skin
• Oral/buccal (by mouth)