Testosterone Replacement: An Effective Low-T Treatment
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Low-T is a condition wherein there is a notable decline in the testosterone producing capability of testicles, which may affect the growth of sexual organs and lead to a number of other issues. While the primary cause of Low-T is testicular failure, a problem with the pituitary or hypothalamus may also cause the disorder. The issue can be congenital or develop due to an injury or age-driven factors. Though testosterone levels may decline with increasing age, the normal range lies between 280 to 1100 ng/dL., and anything below the threshold calls for medical intervention. The good news is; depleting testosterone levels can be treated with Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Shedding more light on the subject, this blog post discusses some common and effective methods to deliver testosterone for Low T treatment.
1. Intramuscular Injections
Testosterone injections are considered to be the most inexpensive and safest form of testosterone delivery. Hormonal formulations are directly administered to the muscle, every 7 to 22 days, which gradually absorb into the bloodstream. The testosterone levels can peak, and then fall between shots. Testosterone injections help maintain a stable, physiological levels of testosterone and usually deliver better results than other methods. The treatment option is also easier to administer, compared to other methods of testosterone delivery.
Depending on the brand, gel formulations are to be rubbed on specific areas of the body, such as the shoulder (Androgel), armpits (Axiron) or on the inner thighs (Fortesta). As the gel starts drying, the body slowly starts absorbing testosterone into the bloodstream. Some gels, however may result in skin rashes, itching, and blisters, especially if the patient has sensitive skin. It is, therefore, important to use gels prescribed by a doctor and watch out for possible skin reactions. Additionally, a person must avoid a shower or a direct contact with anyone.
Transdermal patches are to be applied on the skin for for about 24 hours, between 8pm and midnight. The hormone seeps out of the patch, and gets slowly absorbed into the body. The patient can apply the patch on the back, stomach, thighs or the upper arms. Additionally, a person must change the application areas and wait for at least seven days before applying to the same area. The amount of testosterone in the patch needs to be regulated and monitored, and therefore, it is advisable to consult a doctor before using patches for Low T treatment.
The Way Forward
Though testosterone therapy is an effective Low T treatment, it must be supplemented with a healthy lifestyle. Testosterone replacement therapy is particularly advisable for patients battling Low T due to an underlying condition, such as diabetes or high cholesterol. In all cases, patients must consult a specialist to determine the most suitable testosterone delivery method. If you are looking for a safe and effective Low T treatment, look no further than American Male Medical. To learn more about our Low T treatment, reach out to us at (888) 434-5338 or request an appointment here.