Testosterone Replacement TherapyJuly 25, 2018
Testosterone is a vital hormone that plays a pivotal role in the development of physical characteristics at puberty. Its production declines with age and after the age of 30, the production decreases by 1% every year. Testosterone deficiency is common in Australian men, affecting nearly 1 in 200 men.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a primary sex hormone, produced mainly in the testes but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex. It promotes secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle and bone mass, change of vocal chords and the growth of facial and body hair, among many others. It also has the vital role in the development of male reproductive tissues of testes and prostate.
In addition, this sex hormone is related to general health and well-being of individuals. Low levels of testosterone in men could lead to various health changes and abnormalities.
What are the symptoms of low/insufficient levels of testosterone?
A range of symptoms could be experienced if testosterone levels decrease below normal levels:
- Sexual dysfunction (low semen production and difficulty with erection);
- Low libido;
- Weight gain;
- Changes in sleeping patterns;
- Decreased strength (decreased muscle and bone mass);
- Emotional changes;
- Hair loss; and
What is testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)?
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a therapeutic process in which the hormone testosterone is replaced. It is generally to address issues of reduced activity of testes (hypogonadism), which results in decreased synthesis of sex hormones.
How does it work?
TRT replaces the amount of testosterone that is diminished in the body and returns levels to normal. It has multiple routes of administration: through injections, skin creams, gels or subcutaneous pellets.
What symptoms could TRT treat?
Testosterone Replacement Therapy can be used to treat or provide relief for various range of health symptoms such as:
- Low libido;
- Sleep problems;
- Decreased muscle mass and weakness;
- Problems maintaining an erection;
- Lower bone density;
- Increased body fat; and
- Trouble concentrating.
At Ubuntu Medical, we strongly believe in the necessity for innovation in the field of medical health to ensure your utmost well-being. It is for this reason that we provide services related to low levels of testosterone.
Our friendly medical staff will happily discuss with you about this topic. Our GPs, Dr. Julie O’Connor and Dr. Kathy O’Sullivan, who can be your first contact point for assisting you in its management through clinical assessment, treatment, referral, follow-up and potential solutions.