Testosterone replacement therapy allows you to overcome the signs and symptoms of low testosterone levels and reclaim youthful vitality and energy. Whether you’re considering testosterone replacement therapy or have general questions about low testosterone, we answer your questions to help you make informed decisions about your treatment.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone primarily produced in the testicles for men and in smaller amounts in the ovaries for women. It plays a vital role in various bodily functions, such as muscle and bone development, facial and body hair growth, sex drive, and overall energy levels. Testosterone levels naturally decline with age, and low levels can lead to various health issues, ranging from general fatigue to erectile dysfunction.
What are the signs and symptoms of low testosterone?
The following are some of the common signs and symptoms of low testosterone in men:
- Reduced sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fatigue and low energy
- Depression or mood swings
- Decreased muscle mass
- Increased body fat
- Hair loss
- Decreased bone density
- Difficulty concentrating
- Decreased strength and endurance
- Insomnia or disturbed sleep
- Reduced facial and body hair growth
- Decreased sperm production
- Gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue)
How does testosterone replacement therapy work?
TRT aims to restore testosterone levels to a healthy range in individuals with low testosterone. It can be administered through various methods, including injections, gels, patches, and implants. Once absorbed by the body, your testosterone levels stabilize, leading to improved mood, energy levels, muscle mass, and sexual function. While testosterone replacement therapy comes in numerous forms, Yunique Medical offers bioidentical hormones in the form of pellet therapy, widely considered the most effective way to restore testosterone levels.
How are bioidentical hormones different from synthetic hormones?
Bioidentical hormones are structurally identical to the hormones naturally produced in the human body. Derived from plant sources, they are customized to match an individual’s unique hormonal needs. In contrast, synthetic hormones are chemically altered versions, not identical to natural hormones. Since bioidentical hormones resemble the molecular structure of natural hormones, they’re more readily absorbed by the body, leading to reduced side effects and greater effectiveness.
How are bioidentical hormone pellets administered?
Yunique Medical prefers pellet therapy as the ideal form of administering bioidentical testosterone. During pellet therapy, small, rice-sized pellets containing bioidentical hormones are inserted just beneath the skin, typically in the hip or buttock area. The pellets gradually release hormones over several months, offering a consistent and steady hormone supply. This eliminates the need for daily applications or injections, making the treatment more convenient and reducing the symptoms of hormonal fluctuations.
Does testosterone therapy increase the risk of heart issues or prostate cancer?
Testosterone replacement therapy is safe when administered by reliable, experienced professionals. A comprehensive study involving over 5,000 middle-aged and older men with low testosterone levels and a heightened cardiovascular risk profile found that testosterone replacement therapy did not lead to a higher incidence of cardiac events or an increased risk of prostate cancer compared to a placebo. This study spanned an average treatment duration of 21.7 months with a follow-up period of 33.0 months. During this extensive observation period, no significant differences in major adverse cardiac events were observed. Therefore, the study concluded that testosterone replacement therapy was not associated with a greater cardiovascular risk.