Testosterone levels can fluctuate several times a day, as well as over a lifetime. Researchers find that T levels in men peak in the morning, providing an energy boost, and then slowly decline throughout the day.

There are certain normal activities like drinking alcohol or caffeine that can disrupt the cycle in the short term; however, once adult men turn thirty, they can expect their levels to consistently drop by 1 percent every year. That’s the main reason why more men are turning to testosterone replacement therapy.

According to the BBC, over 1.7 million American men have used testosterone replacement therapy to deal with low T, also known as hypogonadism, and the number continues to rise in the US and abroad.

What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

Normally, men should have T levels between 300-1000 ng/dL. Once T levels drop below 300 ng/dL, men can be diagnosed with low T.

Testosterone replacement therapy offers a wide spectrum of treatments to help clients diagnosed with low T either regain or improve their testosterone levels through transdermal products, injection, oral, intranasal, and pellets.

Transdermal testosterone replacement therapy is normally a topical liquid, gel, cream, or patch. Each medication is slightly different, but you can normally anticipate a dosage lasting around four days. Clients should choose a place on the skin that is not hairy, oily, or over a bone. Patients should be sure to avoid areas on the skin with wounds, irritation, or open sores.

During treatment, keep an eye out for family members. Young children and women can experience health complications if they accidentally come in contact with the medication.

At Renew Vitality, we prefer injections for several reasons. It lowers the risk of transferring the treatment to family members. Injectables can also be done in the comfort of your own home.

The FDA just approved a new oral testosterone capsule to treat men with hypogonadism named Jatenzo. In some cases, low T can be caused by large tumors growing on the pituitary gland, which inhibits the ability to maintain normal T levels.

There is also a tiny oral patch available to treat low T. The testosterone medication Striant is designed to be placed either on the gum or inner cheek twice a day to deliver continuous testosterone and stabilize T levels. 

Intranasal testosterone is delivered in a gel form directly inside the nostril three times a day. Generally, they recommend 11 mg, or two pumps, for each dosage. This option is ideal for men who typically do not have allergies or reoccurring sinus issues.

Testopel is a popular testosterone pellet brand. The pellets are tiny, 3 millimeters by 9 millimeters, about the size of a grain of rice. Once a doctor implants the pellet under the skin, it will gradually release testosterone into the bloodstream for three to six months to keep T levels stable. 

Are there any Side Effects to Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)?

The benefits of testosterone replacement therapy are a decreased risk of heart disease, a decrease in body fat, an increase in muscle mass, stronger bones, better sexual health, and mood

Testosterone replacement therapy is just like any other medical procedure. There is a chance of developing side effects during treatment. 

Clients may notice an increase in acne or mood swings. Some clients report noticing weight gain while on treatment. What is actually occurring is mild fluid retention. While rare, it’s important to note that men are also at a higher risk of developing blood clots.

A reputable testosterone replacement clinic, like Renew Vitality, will have a team of wellness professionals regularly checking in with patients and monitoring hormone levels and symptoms throughout treatment. If you notice any side effects or have any questions while on TRT, do not hesitate to talk with your doctor.

Can I get Testosterone Therapy in St. Paul? 

With over 300,000 residents living within St. Paul, it’s a little surprising there are only six clinics offering testosterone therapy.  The mission to revitalize St. Paul may attract more certified hormone experts to open offices. Keep in mind that even though there are only a handful of options, it’s important to do your research.

Start with contacting the offices closest to you. Ask them specific questions about their medical practitioners concerning their certifications and how long they have been in practice.

Call Renew Vitality

Reach out to our dedicated team of wellness professionals at Renew Vitality Minneapolis. Our physicians have decades of experience providing personalized care to optimize men’s health and wellness. 

We offer a wide range of options in addition to testosterone replacement therapy. During your consultation, you can ask about human growth hormone (HGH), sermorelin therapy, and other effective hormone treatments to address your specific needs. It all starts with making the call to schedule a consultation, and we’ll take care of the rest.