Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Philadelphia, PA
As they age, men with low testosterone often suffer from extreme fatigue, a loss of libido and even erectile dysfunction. At World Wellness Health Institute, board-certified physician Dr. Daniel Lebowitz uses testosterone replacement therapy to treat men with low testosterone levels to help them feel better and more alive again.
What Is Testosterone?
First and foremost, before talking about treatments, it is essential to know what testosterone is. In a nutshell, testosterone is the male equivalent of estrogen. It is the hormone produced by the testes and testicles that controls the development of the male reproductive organs, as well as the characteristics of men (body hair, lean muscle mass, etc.). Overall, testosterone is responsible for:
- Prostate gland development
- Supports red blood cell production
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Male strength and lean mass
- Getting and maintaining erections
- Energy levels
- Mood swings
- Depth of a man’s voice
- Bone density
What is Low Testosterone?
As men age, the amount of testosterone naturally decreases which is often why it is common for men to begin putting on weight as they get older. While most men’s testosterone output decreases slowly, some experience rapid drops resulting in having low testosterone. There are a number of causes for men to experience the rapid decrease of this hormone and common symptoms including:
- Extreme fatigue
- Erectile dysfunction
- Unexplained weight gain
- Lack of motivation
When these symptoms become prominent in a man’s life, it is important to see a physician about them to determine the cause. When low testosterone is the cause, testosterone replacement therapy is typically prescribed as a treatment.
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Like other hormone replacement therapies, testosterone replacement therapy is a treatment that corrects the inability to produce sufficient amounts of testosterone. When these hormones levels are returned to normal, men have much more energy and feel as though they have returned to their “prime.” They regain more muscle mass and less fat, have greater endurance and enjoy a better sex drive.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Benefits
Depending on the symptoms experienced from low testosterone, the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy, include:
- More energy
- A bigger desire to participate
- Less irritability
- Fewer mood swings
- Improved sex drive
- Better ability to perform sexually
- Increase in muscle mass and strength
- Better memory function
How Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Administered?
There are several ways to administer testosterone replacement therapy, with all of them improving testosterone levels. They include:
- Injections. With injections, the hormones are injected directly into the muscle. Male patients can expect to have these injections every other week.
- Gel. Gel is absorbed into the skin when applied typically once a day. The gel comes in several forms and is applied directly to the skin.
- Skin Patch. A skin patch is worn on the arm or upper body and applied each day.
- Mouth Patch. This form is a tablet placed on the gums to the left or right of the two front teeth. This is done twice a day to administer testosterone into the body via gum tissues
- To determine which form is the best, physicians and patients work together to decide which one is the most advantageous in terms of cost, response, and convenience.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Preparation
Before beginning testosterone replacement, it is important to schedule a checkup with a physician to evaluate current health, as well as go over medical history and have blood work completed to determine testosterone levels.
How Much Does Testosterone Replacement Therapy Cost?
The cost of testosterone replacement therapy varies with each patient. Factors including the form of therapy, as well as the dosage and how often it is taken or applied, affect the cost. We can discuss the cost and our payment options including financing with CareCredit® during your consultation. Additionally, we can check with your health insurance plan to determine if it provides coverage for this therapy.
Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Right for Me?
Testosterone replacement therapy is right for you if you have low levels of testosterone to the point that you exhibit any of its signs or symptoms. Only a physician can truly determine if you have lower levels of testosterone to the point that you require intervention.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Consultation
Before beginning any testosterone replacement therapy program, a consultation or checkup with Dr. Lebowitz is necessary. During this appointment, he performs an overall health checkup and goes over your medical history to make sure testosterone replacement is possible. He also goes over the entire therapy and answers any questions you may have about this treatment.
*Disclaimer: Results cannot be guaranteed and may vary from person to person.
Low testosterone is caused by a number of medical conditions and has many physical and emotional side effects. If you live in Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia, PA, or the surrounding areas, and are considering testosterone replacement therapy, World Wellness Health Institute offers treatment for the symptoms associated with low testosterone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with board-certified physician Dr. Daniel Lebowitz.