Testosterone Replacement Therapy
If you have low testosterone levels or andropause an often effective solution is Testosterone replacement therapy. There are similar testosterone replacement treatments available for women.
What kind of goals can you hope to achieve with testosterone replacement therapy? They include the restoration of sexual functioning, increased libido, increased sense of well-being, prevention of osteoporosis by optimizing bone density, restoration of muscle strength, and improved mental functioning. Biochemically, testosterone replacement should aim not only to reach normal levels of serum testosterone, but also to normalize levels of those secondary hormones that are affected by testosterone levels such as DHT and estradiol.
Current treatment options include oral tablets or capsules, injections, plantable long-acting slow release pellets, and transdermal (through the skin) patches and gels. At this point, the vast majority of testosterone replacement is done through the skin. This method has a number of advantages:
- It is easy to apply.
- It is relatively safe with a low incidence of side effects.
- It more closely mimics the natural daily rhythm of testosterone production, with higher levels of testosterone delivered in the morning and decreasing levels delivered as the day progresses.