Typically, adult men should have testosterone levels between 300ng/dL- 1000ng/dL. Low T is a common deficiency in testosterone production. According to the American Urological Association, it affects 2% of adult men each year.
Since the FDA approved the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the mid-1990s, more middle-aged men are finding low T centers for help. With the correct dosage, TRT can decrease the unwelcome symptoms of hypogonadism so men can age without losing their energy and vitality.
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Dealing with low T can be a confusing and stressful experience. The body goes through several physical and emotional changes like weight gain, hair loss, and mood swings. Think of TRT as a way to bolster existing T levels.
It essentially works by resupplying the body with a controlled series of testosterone supplements.
Hormones like testosterone are similar to keys. They bind to locks, or androgen receptors, to activate. Just because the body is producing an abnormally low amount of testosterone, it doesn’t mean the receptors have stopped working.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy works by binding to androgen receptors to supplement low levels. It functions the same as the natural testosterone in the body. TRT is one of the most effective ways to restore hormonal imbalances.
There are various types of treatments to help clients regain or improve existing T levels like patches, gels, and injections.
Transdermal skin patches are similar to nicotine patches. Clients can place them on the arms or upper body, and they’ll deliver testosterone directly to the bloodstream through the skin. Oral patches are tiny, about the size of a rice grain, and are placed directly above the gums twice a day. AndroGel is a popular TRT gel that is applied directly to the skin daily.
Each type of TRT is designed to treat hypogonadism in adult men, but there are risks to consider. Topical solutions like gels and patches can accidentally transfer the treatment to family members and friends through physical contact; if women or children are accidentally exposed to the medication, they can have adverse side effects like the development of masculine characteristics and features.
Children between 9 months to 5 years who were exposed to TRT were found to have increased sexual feelings, growth of pubic hair, enlarged reproductive organs, and aggressive behavior. Fortunately, in most cases, the side effects disappeared once the children’s exposure to the medication was eliminated.
Men using topical TRT should be especially careful around pregnant women. The medication can disrupt the healthy development of the fetus.
If you do decide to choose topical TRT, remember to take the following precautions:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after each application.
- After the gel has dried, cover the medicated area with clothing.
- Always wash the medicated area with soap and water for 20 seconds if you anticipate skin-to-skin contact with another person.
At Renew Vitality, we prefer injections because it’s the safest and the most effective option.
Clients can self-administer the injection once a week from the comfort of their own home. Our concierge team closely monitors your progress and is always available to answer any questions. There’s also no risk of accidentally transferring the treatment to someone else.
Are there any side effects?
TRT is like any medical procedure; there is a possibility of experiencing side effects. The most common side effects are:
- Mild fluid retention
- Reduced fertility
- Enlarged breasts
- Mood swings
- Reduced testicular volume
- Increased risk of a blood clot or abnormalities in the prostate
At Renew Vitality, we create a comprehensive health and wellness program for each client with a team of wellness professionals. They work directly with clients and continuously monitor their progress to minimize the likelihood of discomfort.
If any point during your TRT you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact your physician.
Are there Low T Centers in Los Angeles?
LA has 4 million residents and over 57 low T centers. Renew Vitality LA is the leading hormone replacement clinic in the nation. You can find us at 9301 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 404, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210 – near Spago and SIXTY Beverly Hills Hotel.
We specialize in providing bio-identical hormones because they match the shape and function of naturally occurring testosterone for seamless absorption.
Try Renew Vitality
Renew Vitality is the number one trusted name in hormone replacement therapy in the nation. We offer ten locations, including our state-of-the-art LA office. While some clinics only administer one type of treatment, our medical professionals specialize in providing unique programs to meet our client’s specific needs.
Some men over 30 may be experiencing unwanted symptoms, but have normal T levels. Our physicians can find the root cause of your symptoms and then design a holistic plan to optimize energy levels and address health complications. Schedule a consultation if you’re ready to see how we can help.