As the primary sex hormone in males, testosterone is associated with sexual development, muscle mass and sex drive. With these roles in mind, it’s easy to understand why those with low testosterone levels may be concerned.

Testosterone levels are known to change as you age and there are no particular treatments recommended for these normal hormonal shifts [1]. However, in those with hypogonadism, a condition where the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is sometimes considered in order to reverse any unfavourable symptoms and side effects [2].

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Types of testosterone replacement therapy


According to Mayo Clinic, male hypogonadism is often treated with TRT as it is believed to help in combating the common signs of the condition [3]. Some of the most common forms and types of testosterone replacement therapy include:

  • Gel or solution
  • Injection
  • Patch
  • Nasal pump
  • Implant

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Risk factors and benefits of testosterone replacement therapy


Although it is difficult to pinpoint the benefits associated with TRT, Harvard Health notes that this form of therapy has been linked to [4]:

  • Cognitive improvement
  • Increasing muscle bulk
  • Increasing strength

On the other hand, TRT has a number of risk factors, these include [5]:

  • Skin reactions
  • Limiting sperm production
  • Too much red blood cell production
  • Sleep disorders
  • Enlarging breasts

See also: Does Low Testostosterone Equal Low Mood?


One of the best ways to know more about your testosterone levels is through a test. This can be done with your doctor or from home with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s Testosterone Test can measure the amount of testosterone present in your blood with a simple finger prick sample. Online results will be available within 2-5 days and our dedicated medical team will be available to answer any questions you may have during or after the process.

See also: How do you Check Testosterone Levels From Home?



References

  1. Mayo Clinic. Testosterone therapy: Potential benefits and risks as you age. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2020
  2. Mayo Clinic. Testosterone therapy: Potential benefits and risks as you age. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2020
  3. Mayo Clinic. Male hypogonadism. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019
  4. Harvard Health. A Harvard expert shares his thoughts on testosterone-replacement therapy. Online: Health.harvard.edu, 2009
  5. Mayo Clinic. Male hypogonadism. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019