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What Are the Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

Updated: Dec 19, 2023

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is used to boost testosterone levels in men. As with any medical treatment, it is essential to weigh the risks, benefits, and side effects if you are considering treatment. 

TRT’s side effects can include increased production of red blood cells, acne, sleep disturbances, prostate enlargement, and reduced sperm production, among other possible side effects. However, scientific evidence indicates that TRT is considered safe in most men. (Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety

What Is TRT and How Does it Improve Testosterone Levels?

According to Mayo Clinic, testosterone levels in men can decline for a number of reasons, such as:

  • The aging process

  • Being significantly overweight

  • From the use of certain medications

  • Certain inflammatory diseases

  • Pituitary disorders

  • As a result of chemotherapy or radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer

  • From damage or injury to the testicles

  • Malnutrition

Testosterone levels begin to gradually decline around the age of 30 as a normal part of the aging process in men and for various other reasons. Testosterone influences many functions in the body. While often associated with fertility and sex drive, it also affects bone and muscle mass, red cell production, metabolic function, bone strength, skin health, mood, and cognitive function.

Some men can increase their testosterone levels naturally by making improvements to their lifestyle. However, others opt to enhance a healthy lifestyle with additional treatments such as TRT – a hormone replacement therapy — to keep levels of the male hormone within a healthy range.

Prescription TRT is used to restore testosterone hormone levels in the body. The treatment is usually administered by injection or topically via patches, where it diffuses through the skin into the bloodstream. Other methods of receiving TRT therapy may also be available. 

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How Do I Know if I Have Low Testosterone?

A definitive diagnosis for low testosterone can be obtained through blood tests. However, the following symptoms can also be indicative of a testosterone deficiency:

  • Reduced sex drive

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Depressed mood

  • Decreased sense of well-being

  • Difficulties with concentration and memory

  • Loss of muscular strength

  • Moodiness and irritability

  • Fatigue

While low testosterone is often associated with men over 30, symptoms can present regardless of your age. Therefore, if you have any of the symptoms above, it’s best to visit your doctor, who can conduct an appropriate examination. 

What Are the Benefits of TRT?

As well as restoring testosterone levels to within a normal range, the benefits of TRT include:

  • Increased energy levels

  • Improved sense of well-being

  • Leaner body mass and more muscle strength

  • Improved bone mineral density

  • Improved memory and cognitive function

  • Improvements to sexual function

  • Increased facial and body hair production

What Other Treatments Are Available to Treat Low Testosterone?

In addition to TRT, other anti-aging and regenerative therapies are available at our clinic to keep you feeling great inside and out. Our treatment options for symptoms associated with low testosterone levels include:

  • IV infusion therapy

  • Erectile dysfunction therapy

  • Physician supervised weight loss plans

  • Confidence boosting aesthetic procedures

  • Hair restoration therapy

We adopt a total approach to health when treating our patients. This means we consider the whole person rather than just focusing on specific symptoms. We devise a health plan tailored to your particular needs, which could include multiple treatments to combat symptoms physically, emotionally, and mentally. For example, to treat low testosterone, we may recommend TRT be used in combination with a tailored weight loss plan. 

Why Choose Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates?

To give you some personal insight into the benefits of working with our team and receiving our anti-aging and regenerative therapies, here are some of our patients’ Google Reviews:

“This is a great clinic and the Doctors are very well informed with the latest and greatest equipment and research. I would most definitely recommend this to anyone looking to understand more about their health and conditions from a genetic standpoint. Dr. Schottel and his team work diligently to provide every patient with the tools and knowledge to enhance longevity. Very worth the time and investment!” –Spyro C.

“Dr. Henriquez is the absolutely best! He is very honest and I always feel brand new after every visit!”

Get TRT and Other Therapies at Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates

The doctors at Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates provide advice, diagnosis, and treatment to help men improve and, in some cases, reverse symptoms associated with low testosterone levels. Based in Port Orange, Florida, our medical practice provides a multi-disciplinary approach to anti-aging therapies and restoration of health, using innovative techniques involving traditional medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, and more.

If you are experiencing low testosterone level symptoms, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We can discuss any concerns you may have related to TRT’s side effects. We look forward to meeting you and providing the personalized experience you can expect from our well-established medical practice.

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