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Posted on November 25, 2011, by yalymoreno, under Testosterone.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is recommended when a severe deficit of testosterone is indicated. Testosterone is a reproductive and metabolic hormone that is synthesized by the testicles. It is also produced among females but in scant quantities. Testosterone is responsible for maintaining the sexual health of men and is critical for the proper development of secondary and primary male sexual traits. Testosterone is at the core of hormones involved in developing and sustaining muscle development apart from affecting the overall metabolic rate. Sufficient amounts of Testosterone ensure that the required volume of red blood cells and bone density is maintained apart from establishing an overall sense of wellness and optimum, sexual performance.
Why Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Inadequate testosterone is at the core of causes of infertility such as Erectile Dysfunction (ED). ED can be resolved to a large extent with timely, Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Please understand that sometimes, Testosterone Replacement Therapy is prescribed even when a medical problem is not indicated. This is a common case among people who are above the age of 50 and are facing a lower-than-normal testosterone levels. This is because as a man ages, the volume of testosterone gradually decreases. This decline in testosterone levels starts at the age of 30 and then gradually increases, throughout a man’s life.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Methods
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is provided in various formats, each providing a varying level of user-friendliness and pricing consideration. This includes intramuscular testosterone injections that need to be used every two or three weeks. This is the most favored form of Testosterone Replacement since it helps to control the dosage rather easily. It is also the most fast-acting methods of hormone therapies wherein the effects of testosterone supplementation are felt rather soon.
Other mediums include wearing testosterone patches. Though this is the more undemanding and safer methods of Testosterone Replacement, it is not advised to those suffering from extreme testosterone deficit, such as those who have suffered testicular trauma. The patch is worn on a lower body part like the thighs or directly on the scrotal sac that contains the testicles. The patch can be uncomfortable for some folks and can even cause skin allergies. Testosterone Replacement patch has to be worn throughout the day and it introduces a controlled dosage of the hormone into the blood stream.
Other areas where testosterone patch can be worn include the waist, lower back and upper arms. Many men prefer to use testosterone gels that are not recommended much by the medical fraternity. This is because the direct absorption of testosterone through a cream-base formulation is still not proven. Many practitioners believe that testosterone gels seldom work and this is why their popularity has dipped in recent years.
Please note that the final decision in the kind of Testosterone Replacement that should be used is taken by an experienced endocrinologist, i.e. a hormone specialist. There are many nuances in this niche that are best understood by such seasoned professionals. For instance, testosterone injections cannot be recommended to every person suffering from testosterone deficiency since it causes more swings in the overall in hormone concentration, needing regular check-up and thus, it is not deemed suitable for those with a history of cardiac problems.