Testosterone (also known as the T hormone) is an essential hormone that is present in humans. In men, the levels of testosterone reach a high point in puberty and early adulthood. By the age of 30, however, these levels begin to decline by 0.5%-2% yearly. By the time you reach 40, this decline is believed to be in the range of 5-20%. For some men, this decline doesn’t affect their quality of life and is considered a normal consequence of aging. However, in some cases a decrease in testosterone can lead to changes in health and well-being, and these changes could be distressing for some people. This is known as andropause, which is the male equivalent of menopause seen in women.
The symptomatology of these changes are vast; some of the most common symptoms are:
You might be asking yourself, “If I am a woman, why would I need testosterone replacement therapy?” Testosterone is often thought of as the “male” hormone and is responsible for the development of masculine features such as a deep voice and facial hair. As you can imagine, most of the research has been focused on men’s testosterone deficiency. This is why most doctors will not even consider supplementing testosterone for women.
However, women also produce and in fact require small amounts of testosterone to regulate various aspects of their lives. For example, mood, well-being, energy, sex drive, and a healthy body composition are all dependent on this hormone. Low levels of testosterone in women can lead to:
These symptoms can be especially severe after menopause. However, novel studies have shown that all of these can be treated easily with testosterone therapy, and tremendous improvements in function can be expected. In the case of women, testosterone can be administered via transdermal creams that are applied to the skin (our favorite), sublingual pills, pellet implants, and in some cases we can also try long-acting injections.
At JativaMD, we specialize in the replenishment of hormones. Once you come to your appointment, we will check the levels of testosterone in your blood. If your T levels are under the ideal level, we might be able to use supplemental hormone to restore them to optimum levels. This is usually done with an intramuscular injection a couple times a week. You can either come to our office, or we can provide the medications to be delivered to your home.
Time: 30-60 min
Results: You will start feeling the results within the first month of treatment
Follow Up: once a month
Discomfort (0-5): 0
Cost of treatment: $250 and up
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