As a man, you may come to a point in life when your body doesn't produce as much testosterone. This can be frustrating for a number of medical reasons, from gaining weight to not having a sexual drive. Fortunately, testosterone replacement therapy exists. If you plan on using this form of treatment, make sure you take the following precautions.
Document Physical Symptoms
Before you dive head-first into TRT (testosterone replacement therapy), you need to document some of the physical symptoms that you're going through because of low testosterone. Only then will you be able to effectively determine if TRT is right for your particular medical situation.
Schedule a month for this observational period. During this time, write down every symptom you have because of low testosterone. These might include irritability, low sex drive, hair loss, weight gain, and even depression. Once you have this list, you can compare it with the symptoms that TRT is designed to treat. You can then make an informed decision.
Choose a Form of TRT
TRT has been around for quite a while now, and as a result, there are many different forms that patients can choose from. These include mouth patch, skin patch, gels, and direct injections. Each one has its own distinct advantages.
Skin patches are popular because they're extremely easy to use. Simply apply this patch to the designated area on your body once a day. Gels are also gaining popularity because of their potency. They're absorbed through your skin. Injections involve directing TRT to your bloodstream, which is slowly absorbed. Mouth patches also secrete testosterone into your blood. Typically, you have to apply multiple patches to your mouth each day.
Consult With Primary Care Physician
Before you do any sort of TRT method, it's paramount to consult with your primary care physician first. They know your medical history better than anyone, and as a result, they'll know right away if you're a good candidate for this form of treatment.
They'll assess the physical symptoms you're experiencing and also test your testosterone levels themselves. If you fall well below a normal range, the doctor may recommend TRT. They'll also help you choose a treatment type based on your levels and medical symptoms.
Having low testosterone can negatively impactful many aspects of your life, but you don't have to go on living this way thanks to TRT. Just make sure you approach this treatment with some understanding and work with professionals, who can ensure you do the right things for your overall well being.