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Testosterone TherapyGilbert, AZ

Testosterone therapy helps men struggling with low testosterone reduce symptoms and improve their overall wellbeing. Low energy, decrease in sex drive, and even memory loss can result from men having abnormally low testosterone. Luckily, there is a treatment that can help men with low testosterone get back to feeling healthy.

Gilbert Physical Medicine offers testosterone therapy in Gilbert, AZ, and the surrounding area. Low testosterone is more common than you think, and there is a solution. To learn more about low testosterone and possible treatments, call 480-545-0000 for a consultation.

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    What is Low Testosterone

    Low testosterone, low T, or male hypogonadism is the condition in which the testicles do not produce enough testosterone to meet a man’s needs. According to the Cleveland Clinic, low T affects nearly 40% of men age 45 and older. Though some testosterone lowering is a natural part of the aging process, abnormally low levels can cause or aggravate health issues.

    Healthcare professionals diagnose hypogonadism through a blood test. However, it may take several of these tests to determine if a man has low T. So, how does a man know if he has this condition? He should start by monitoring his symptoms. Common symptoms associated with low T include:

    • Depression and decreased wellbeing
    • Erectile dysfunction
    • Fatigue
    • Hair loss
    • Loss of muscle strength
    • Low sex drive
    • Memory troubles and problems concentrating
    • Weight gain

    This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, and symptoms will vary per patient. It is also important to rule out other health conditions or lifestyle habits that may be causing the symptoms.

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    Testosterone Therapy Explained

    Testosterone Replacement Therapy TRT or androgen replacement therapy is the approved treatment for low T. There are several ways healthcare practitioners apply TRT. Our team delivers therapy through pellets containing bioidentical hormones implanted under the skin during a short procedure.

    Once in place, these pellets slowly release testosterone over several months. The pellets are a long-acting form of therapy that delivers a stable and steady dose. One treatment usually provides the patient the needed level of hormones for four months.

    Benefits of Testosterone Therapy

    For men suffering from the symptoms of low testosterone, therapy can relieve these symptoms and improve their overall wellness. It is hard to predict how any one patient will benefit because everyone is different. However, potential benefits include:

    • Better mood
    • Greater mental sharpness
    • Improved muscle and bone mass
    • Improved sexual drive and function
    • Weight loss

    Though every man’s reaction is different, Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, an endocrinologist at the University of California who specializes in testosterone deficiency says the majority of men have “generally positive, but varying responses to testosterone replacement.”

    Who is a Good Candidate

    Testosterone therapy is recommended for men with both a blood test indicating low T and the symptoms of the condition. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved testosterone therapy for hypogonadism. The effectiveness and safety of this therapy for other uses like treating normal aging have not been established.

    There are certain men who should not have testosterone therapy. Because testosterone can cause the prostate to grow, it should not be given to men with prostate cancer or other prostate conditions. In addition, men should undergo prostate screening before considering this therapy. Men with congestive heart failure or untreated obstructive sleep apnea are also not candidates for testosterone therapy.

    How Treatment Works

    We customize our treatment plans for each patient. Matching each patient with the treatment that will be safe and effective for them is a priority. Therefore, treatment begins with a consultation, a full exam, and diagnostics. If we do not think testosterone therapy will be safe for a patient or give them the results they want, we will not recommend it. Patient satisfaction and safety come first. If we think another treatment will be a better fit, our team will make recommendations accordingly.

    If our team decides the patient can benefit from testosterone therapy, we will work with the patient to get just the right level of hormones. We will monitor the patient closely to ensure the treatment is working, they are happy with the results, and make adjustments to treatment when needed.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the side effects of testosterone therapy?

    Just as with the benefits of testosterone therapy, the side effects can vary from individual to individual. Side effects may include acne, decreased or increased urination, reduced sperm count and testicle size, swelling of breast tissue or prostrate, and new or worsened sleep apnea. Our team will review these side effects with you and advise you on how to manage them should they occur.

    Are there any risks associated with testosterone therapy?

    Treatment of any kind comes with a certain amount of risk. Therefore we never recommend any treatment without fully assessing the patient to make sure the risk they are taking on is minimal. Too much testosterone can increase the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and prostate cancer. Specific risks related to testosterone pellets include infection at the insertion site and dislodging of the pellets. However, our staff is well equipped to handle any complications.

    What is involved in implanting the pellets?

    The pellets are implanted under the skin in the fatty tissue, usually near the upper hip or buttocks. Usually, 10 to 12 pellets are implanted during about a ten-minute procedure. These pellets slowly release testosterone over three to six months. A local anesthetic is used to reduce discomfort.

    How do healthcare providers diagnose low testosterone?

    Low testosterone can be challenging to diagnose. Usually, it is done through a blood test combined with observing the symptoms. It may take several blood tests to make a diagnosis.

    What causes hypogonadism?

    Several things may cause the condition. Causes include congenital disorders, radiation treatment or chemotherapy, trauma to the testicles, disease or malnutrition, or toxic chemicals. Risk of hypogonadism increases in those with type two diabetes, obesity, HIV, and hypertension and for those who take certain medications.

    Call Us Today

    Gilbert Physical Medicine offers testosterone therapy in Gilbert, AZ, and the surrounding area. If you are struggling with hair loss, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, or other symptoms of low testosterone, we may be able to help. Call us today at 480-545-0000 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

    Gilbert Physical Medicine is located at 725 W Elliot Rd Suite #115 Gilbert, AZ 85233.

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