FAQs on Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Q. FAQs on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
Q. What is Testosterone?
A. Testosterone is a hormone produced by the testicles and is responsible for the proper development of male sexual characteristics. Testosterone is also important for maintaining muscle bulk, adequate levels of red blood cells, bone density, sense of well-being, and sexual and reproductive function.
Q. What are the symptoms of testosterone deficiency?
A. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency may include the following:
- decreased sex drive
- decreased sense of well-being
- depressed mood
- difficulties with concentration and memory
- erectile dysfunction
Q. What are the changes that occur in the body with testosterone deficiency?
A. Some changes that occur with testosterone deficiency can include:
- a decrease in muscle mass, with an increase in body fat
- variable effects on cholesterol metabolism
- a decrease in hemoglobin and possibly mild anemia
- fragile bones (osteoporosis)
- a decrease in body hair
Q. How do I find out if I have a testosterone deficiency?
A. The only accurate way to detect the condition is to have your practitioner measure the amount of testosterone in your blood. The highest levels of testosterone are generally in the morning. This is why doctors prefer, if possible, to obtain early morning levels of testosterone.