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Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Just as estrogen replacement therapy can help women who are going through menopause, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has been shown to be highly effective and very beneficial for men experiencing Andropause. TRT is not right for all men of course - even men who have some of the symptoms described in the previous quiz may have other health problems that need to be addressed. Nevertheless, testosterone replacement therapy is a good solution for many men who are experiencing symptoms that affect their mood, physical condition, sexual activity and/or enjoyment of life.

What should I expect from testosterone replacement?
Very positive responses to testosterone have been reported for men with low testosterone in various clinical studies. They include:

  • Improvement in mood and sense of well-being
  • Increased mental and physical energy
  • Decreased anger, irritability, sadness, tiredness, nervousness
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Improved libido and sexual performance
  • A decline in biochemical markers of bone degradation and an increase in bone density
  • An increase in lean body mass, a decline in fat mass
  • An increase in muscle strength (hand grip, upper and lower extremities)
  • Potentially, a decrease in the risk of heart disease

Testosterone therapy can help improve attitude, reinforce self-esteem, boost performance at work and increase overall energy. Most men will feel more vigorous, experience improvement in energy levels, mood, concentration, cognition, libido, sexual performance and overall sense of well-being. These effects usually become noticeable about four to six weeks after treatment is started.1 Other potential benefits include maintenance or improvement in bone density, improved muscle mass and muscle strength, as well as improvement in visual-spatial skills.

1 Tremblay RR, Morales A. Canadian Practice Recommendations for Screening, Monitoring and Treating Men Affected By Andropause or Partial Androgen Deficiency. The Aging Male 1998; 1: 213-218.

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