Testosterone Replacement: The Basics
Testosterone replacement is becoming more popular these days. It can be very beneficial if levels are low, but it is important to educate yourself on the risks/benefits before considering therapy.
Testosterone, a hormone produced by the testicles, is responsible for male sexual characteristics as well as maintaining bone density, muscle mass, sense of well-being and sexual fuction.
Levels start to decline naturally after age 30.There are also disease processes which can cause this decline, alcoholism, stress, certain medications and other factors.
If low T is confirmed with lab testing, and replacement is being considered, it is important to be monitored closely by your prescribing doctor to lower your risk of adverse events. Lab tests will be performed every 3 months to monitor testosterone levels, red blood cell count and prostate specific antigen (PSA) will be checked every 6 months.