Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a hormone replacement therapy often prescribed to counter the effects of male hypogonadism, or low testosterone production.
Testosterone plays a key role in development and men’s health. Men with low testosterone or male hypogonadism do not produce enough testosterone.
. A lack of testosterone can also cause mental and emotional changes. As testosterone declines, some men may experience symptoms similar to those of menopause in women.
A low testosterone level inhibits more than sexual function. In humans, testosterone contributes to the production of red blood cells, muscle mass and bone strength. It is also a factor in the mood, the clarity of thought and the concentration of the man.
Is testosterone replacement therapy safe?
Yes it is safe when under medical supervision. Read more about TRT on https://virilityinc.com/is-testosterone-replacement-therapy-safe/.
How does testosterone therapy work?
When the body no longer produces sufficient amounts of testosterone, replacement therapy is an option.
The replacement of testosterone is done by absorption through the skin (transdermal or topical) or by direct injection (subcutaneous) into the muscle mass or under the skin.
Hormone diffusion options include:
- Transdermalpatch: A transdermal patch (or patch) is similar to a nicotine patch. It is worn on the arm or upper body, and is changed daily. The patch continually diffuses testosterone through the skin in a controlled dose throughout the day.
- Adhesive Tape (Transdermal – Oral): This tape sticks to the upper gums near the incisor. The band dissolves slowly and needs to be replaced during the day. Testosterone is continuously diffused to the tissues of the gums.
- Topical Gels: There are several brands of gels that can have different application methods. Testosterone is absorbed directly through the skin by applying clear gel to your skin once a day, either on the body or in the nose. The gels can also be applied using a pump that dispenses testosterone in the amount prescribed by your doctor.
- Injections and pellets implanted (subcutaneous): Testosterone can also be injected directly into the muscles, or implanted as pellets under the skin. The pellets dissolve slowly releasing the hormone into the bloodstream.
The method of diffusion of testosterone will be chosen by the doctor and the patient.