SIDE EFFECTS OF TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
As with any medical treatment side effects are generally a possibility. But, going to the right medical professional is the difference on experiencing them or not. At Mantality Health, we monitor your treatment with licensed physicians so that we can minimize the possibility of experiencing symptoms by keeping your testosterone levels in the optimal range. This helps reduce the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy.
THE SIDE EFFECTS OF TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY ALONG WITH THE RISKS AND BENEFITS
With any medical practice and procedure comes both benefits and risks. We must weigh those potential risks or side effects of testosterone replacement therapy against the benefits of TRT. Just like any other treatment or procedure in the medical world, side effects are always related to how the treatment is administered and how well it is monitored by certified professionals.
Testosterone has always had the association with bodybuilding and gym related activities which are normally administered under unsupervised circumstances at abnormally high levels. This produces extreme side effects and sometimes even life threatening circumstances, this is where a licensed medical professional comes in to play. If you begin treatment of testosterone (TRT) and it becomes mismanaged or done while not being monitored, you will generally have a higher rate of negative side effects as well as a lack of beneficial results.
To address these, we must understand the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy while also paying close attention to the treatment method when experiencing Low T.
WHY SIDE EFFECTS HAPPEN DURING TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Your body has a natural state, and when we introduce "exogenous testosterone" or testosterone that is not produced naturally in the body, it tends to respond to that. But, pharmaceutical testosterone is a bio-identical testosterone that your body recognizes and uses just as it would naturally occurring testosterone. At Mantality, we use pharmaceutical grade testosterone that is bio-identical to the body, and side effects occur only in the when you have elevated testosterone levels. While there are some side effects that are just the body's natural response to metabolizing testosterone.
DOES TESTOSTERONE THERAPY AFFECT FERTILITY?
You may have lost interest in intercourse and that could be why you're doing TRT because as we all know, a positive affect from TRT is an increase in performance and drive. But, many ask the question, does testosterone therapy affect fertility? The true answer is yes and no. Let us explain:
Testosterone Replacement Therapy increases testosterone levels which affects the part of the brain (the hypothalamus and pituitary gland) which produces a chemical called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). GnRH speaks with the pituitary gland to tell it to produce two other hormones: luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH tells your testicles to produce sperm cells while FH triggers the production of testosterone. This is where the natural problem of Low T occurs. If this cycle fails, your body quits producing testosterone and your begin experiencing fatigue, stubborn fat, trouble losing weight, decreased sex drive and more. During Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) you may experience fertility issues because your body sees testosterone present.
DOES TESTOSTERONE THERAPY EFFECT PROSTATE HEALTH?
While there are multiple studies about how testosterone replacement therapy can affect your prostate health, there are NO links between undergoing TRT and prostate health. In a recent study by Dr. Stacy Loeb, there was no negative link found between the two (TRT and prostate health), in fact, the study found that 50% of the men had a decrease in their future risk for prostate cancer.
You must understand that men who have a history of prostate cancer, Low T treatment isn't generally advised, that's why we staff medical physicians to further assess your medical history and see if you're fit for treatment. Elevated testosterone levels can have the possibility to cause prostate lesions to grow. As we stated above, testosterone is not a factor in prostate cancer. There are a plethora of factors that affect or cause prostate cancer such as low serum levels but TRT does not have a direct relation with prostate cancer.
DOES TESTOSTERONE THERAPY CAUSE MY BLOOD TO THICKEN?
While going through TRT, your blood may possibly thicken. This is due to a increase in red blood cell counts known as erythrocytosis. This is when the more "solid" portion of your blood, as you undergo treatment, the amount of red blood cells increase resulting in thicker blood. Under the supervision of medical professionals, this can be easily avoided by donating blood when needed.
CAN YOU DO TREATMENT WITHOUT THE SIDE EFFECTS?
While almost every medical treatment can cause side effects, with testosterone replacement therapy, these are easily managed through the close supervision during your treatment. The medical staff at Mantality understand what to watch for and how to monitor you during your treatment to ensure that the treatment makes you look better, feel better and perform better in all aspects of life.