Testosterone Replacement Therapy Brisbane
Today in Brisbane, many men (especially as they age) are suffering from low testosterone levels. They are turning to medical professionals for a script to help boost their levels. So how do you know if you have low testosterone? The most obvious symptom is a low sex drive and difficulty maintaining erections. Some other less well know symptoms include reduced hair on body (especially around face) or hot flushes and/ or sweats. Men as they age may complain about low energy levels and weight gain. However, these symptoms do not necessarily mean that you have low testosterone levels.
**Just remember, that TRT is a class 1 drug and it is illegal for a doctor to prescribe to men with normal levels of testosterone
What Causes Low Testosterone?
There are root and associated causes. Essentially it occurs when not enough testosterone is manufactured by the males testicles. Along with age, there are a number of medical and psychological conditions (e.g., trauma or infections) that can cause this. The most common secondary causes are diabetes and a lack of sleep.
How is Testosterone Measured?
It is important to note that testosterone levels change throughout the day. It is recommended that you measure levels in the morning between 9-11am prior to not have eaten since the previous night. If you identify low levels, make sure to re-test on at least 2 separate days. This is because levels can greatly fluctuate from one day to the next.
So what is the classification of low testosterone? Your expected level will depend on your age. After the age of 40 it is normal for your levels to decrease by 1% every year. So please bear this in mind. A testosterone level of 9/10 is considered low for a male between the ages of 20-40 but normal for a man over the age of 70. If you are looking for a prescription, you testosterone levels will need to be less than 8 under PBS rules.
Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
It is important to be aware of the risks of TRT as well
- Modern medicine is unclear whether HRT is able to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease found in men with low testosterone.
- If an older man has type 2 diabetes or is obese, it is recommended treating these conditions before they go on HRT.
- Prostate Cancer – no demonstrated link but there are concerns that HRT does increase the size of prostate and PSA levels
- Sleep – HRT may reduce the quality of sleep
- Fertility problems – obviously not a problem with older men
Different Types of HRT
- Injections (e.g., Primoteston, Reandron) – $35/ month
- Topical Injections (e.g., Gel, Patch, Liquid Solution) – $80/ month
N.B., Please talk with your GP to see what is going to be best for you
At Ubuntu Medical, we also do Men’s Health