Testosterone Replacement Therapy
New You Wellness Center | Tomball, Cypress, Spring, Houston, Texas
Importance of Testosterone
We understand how debilitating low levels of testosterone can be. From decreased energy and libido to stubborn weight gain and problematic changes in our mental drive, Low testosterone can make the aging process a challenging one. Understanding the role the hormone plays in our body and what optimal levels can do to enhance our quality of life is the first step in overcoming health obstacles associated with aging and low testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy is a great resource that can help patients regain stamina, increase strength, improve motivation, and reach increased levels of energy.
Synthetic vs. Bioidentical Testosterone
Let’s start by providing a distinction between synthetic and bioidentical testosterone. In many cases, injected or absorbed hormones are most effective when the shape of the molecule is identical to the molecules our bodies produce. Consider hormone replacement therapy as getting a spare key to unlock a process that helps carry out a specific function. The process of unlocking is more effective with a perfectly matching key. Bioidentical hormones act as that matching key, having the same shape as the hormone molecules that our bodies naturally produce. In other words, bioidentical hormones are hormones which are identical to those found in our body.
Synthetic hormones—despite being made from a biological organism, as they are in many cases—are unnatural to our bodies. Unlike bioidentical testosterone, the synthetic version looks a lot different when compared to the hormones we naturally produce. For this reason, the use of bioidentical hormones is recommended as the safer, more effective option when undergoing testosterone replacement therapy.
Who Benefits from Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Individuals suffering from low testosterone due to aging or hypogonadism are great candidates that could potentially benefit from treatment. If you are suffering from any of the following conditions, testosterone replacement therapy can make a great positive difference in your life:
- Fatigue and low energy levels
- Significant decreases in libido
- Increased body fat brought on by testosterone changes
- Decreased muscle mass from low testosterone
- Hot flashes
- Low testosterone induced sleep apnea
Upon visiting our clinic, patients will be thoroughly evaluated to assure that testosterone replacement therapy is a safe, pragmatic treatment option that can play a role in alleviating or improving any of the conditions mentioned above as well as any others related to low testosterone.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Men
The aging process brings about numerous changes to our bodies and shifts in hormone levels are no exception. Testosterone levels in men typically reach their peak during adolescence and early adulthood, declining at a constant rate from that point on. After the age of 40, the level of testosterone declines at a rate of 1 percent per year. This is true for the majority of men, give or take a few years. For some men, this rate is magnified by hypogonadism, a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone.
These low levels of testosterone can be addressed with testosterone replacement therapy. The testosterone shots can replenish the depleted hormone levels and lead to a number of benefits, including:
- Increased energy
- Better strength
- More lean muscle mass
- Decreased abdominal fat
- Improved libido
- Fewer instances of ED
- Lower blood pressure and protection against heart attack and stroke
- Enhanced mood
- Protection against dementia
- Protection against diabetes
Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Women
Though generally thought of as a male hormone, testosterone is also produced by women in their ovaries and adrenal glands. Like men, the levels of the hormone peak in early adulthood, and decline thereafter. In other words, women see their highest levels of testosterone in their twenties, with levels steadily decreasing as they age. More and more evidence today tells us that appropriate levels of testosterone are necessary for the health and well-being of women, especially as it pertains to staying fit, lean, and having a healthy level of libido. Testosterone replacement therapy for women can bring about numerous advantages, including:
- Improved bone density
- Enhanced mood
- Increased libido
- Improved muscle strength and muscle mass
- Protection against cardiovascular disease
- Maintained healthy body composition
Why New You Wellness Center
Optimizing hormone levels are essential to maximize the health and vitality of the body. Optimal versus normal levels can be a deciding factor between a strengthened body and a weakened mental drive. Here at New You Wellness Center, we commit ourselves to help our patients achieve optimal hormone levels, rather than coasting at normal, average levels. We always strive to exceed average and provide our patients with the resources they need to help their bodies perform at their best while taking advantage of the numerous benefits an optimal testosterone level can provide.
Trained by the best, we walk into each consultation with the skill and expertise that is required to guide our patients on the path to optimal health. We are trained by the best in the business—Neal Rouzier of Worldlink Medical. Dr. Rouzier is a world-class educator and has revealed over 50 years of scientific evidence regarding the impact that hormone levels have on physical health, mental health and overall quality of life.
Excellent care is our specialty. After performing testosterone replacement therapy to replenish low testosterone, we carefully monitor the progress of each of our patients. Conducting labs every 3-6 months helps us carefully monitor hormone levels and other health important health parameters.
Affordable pricing is another aspect that sets NYWC apart from others in the field. We strive to make health and wellness accessible to our community. Educating our clients on treatment options, providing thorough consultations that address the unique needs of each patient, and offering the most affordable pricing in the area help us make this accessibility a reality.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will testosterone replacement therapy help me lose weight?
Weight gain is a symptom associated with low testosterone levels. This is especially true for weight gain in the abdominal area. A benefit of returning testosterone to more youthful levels is decreased belly fat and weight loss in the abdominal area.
Will testosterone replacement therapy help with ED?
Before ED medications emerged, testosterone was an important aspect of treatment for those suffering from erectile dysfunction. Because a symptom of low testosterone is decreased libido, testosterone replacement therapy proves advantageous for numerous patients that suffer from ED. If a testosterone first approach works, it can eliminate the need for a pill before a sexual encounter as well as increase libido. Having said that, that is not always the case for ALL patients. Those suffering from ED should consult with our doctor to make an informed decision about treatment.
What is the best type of testosterone replacement?
Testosterone injections are the best way to administer testosterone as it allows more precise control of the amount of testosterone your body is receiving. With this method, side effects can be minimized and optimal levels achieved.
Does testosterone replacement therapy cause aggression, anger, and anxiety?
Aggression, anger, and anxiety are not typical side effects associated with testosterone replacement therapy. As possible side effects of anabolic steroid use, they are mistakenly associated with the use of any type of testosterone. Distinguishing between bioidentical testosterone for replacement therapy and the synthetic hormones that body-builders and athletes use is important when considering how testosterone can benefit your body and help you address low T levels.
Can testosterone replacement lead to high blood pressure?
Testosterone deficiency has been linked to insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes, and thus increased cardiovascular risk. Theoretically, leveling testosterone through testosterone replacement therapy with bioidentical testosterone should protect the body against the increased risk of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis, both conditions associated with high blood pressure. However, each patient has the potential to react differently to treatment. It’s for this reason that NYWC carefully monitors patients throughout and after treatment.
What is the best age to begin testosterone replacement therapy?
After early adulthood, at the age of 30-40, testosterone levels begin to decrease by 1 percent each year. If you are feeling the effects of decreased testosterone or have been diagnosed with hypogonadism, it may be time to consider testosterone replacement therapy. If you think you’re a good candidate, contact our wellness center for a free consultation.
What are the effects of testosterone replacement in elderly men?
Testosterone replacement therapy helps to replenish low testosterone. For elderly men, this means restoring hormone levels back to a more youthful level, leading to increased energy, higher libido, and enhanced mood. However, for certain individuals suffering from other conditions, this treatment may be contraindicated. A thorough consultation with our staff will determine whether or not this treatment is right for you.
What are the potential side effects of testosterone replacement therapy for men and women?
General side effects of testosterone replacement therapy may include increased acne, breast enlargement, mild fluid retention, worsened sleep apnea, increased red blood cell count, increased concentration of iron in the blood, decreased sperm count, and affected prostate tissue with changes in urination. Though these side effects are a possibility when undergoing therapy, they can be easily treated with medication. During a consultation with our clinic staff, all questions and concerns about potential side effects can be discussed in greater detail.