Portland residents ask, “What is the process of testosterone replacement for men?”
Aging may not just bring lines and wrinkles. Hormone levels may be affected. These changes impact energy levels, motivation levels, muscle, and bone density. Located in Portland, Dr. Adam Maddox of Thrive offers testosterone replacement for men. Testosterone replacement is an option to safely, effectively treat symptoms of hormone imbalance.
How testosterone affects the body
Hormones are produced by the endocrine system. They send messages throughout the body to help regulate the various processes. Testosterone is responsible for helping maintain bone density, muscle, fat, red blood cells, sex drive, sperm quality and count, and hair.
In most men, testosterone levels peak between 18 and 25 and then begin to decline with age. After ages 30-40, testosterone levels decrease at a rate of one percent per year. Older men are also susceptible to hypogonadism which involves an issue with the testicles or pituitary gland leading to lower levels of testosterone.
Having low testosterone or low T can affect a man’s daily life. Changes may include the following:
- Lower sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Disrupted sleep patterns or insomnia
- Physical body changes
- Emotional changes
- Trouble focusing or concentrating
Process of testosterone replacement
Patients who are showing symptoms of low testosterone may request a consultation with Dr. Maddox. A review of the patient’s symptoms, current health and medical history, and laboratory tests showing current testosterone levels is necessary to determine if a patient qualifies for testosterone replacement therapy. The goal of any therapy is to restore hormone levels to normal while improving the patient’s quality of life.
In addition to diet and exercise regimens to naturally increase hormone levels, testosterone replacement therapy may include oral medications, injections, pellets, patches, or gels. Dr. Maddox will discuss the benefits and risks of each before developing a treatment plan. Every patient has unique health and fertility needs. Men who are still planning to have children may need to take replacement therapy into careful consideration as certain treatments may reduce sperm count.
Possible treatment options may include the following:
- Oral medications – Taken regularly, testosterone medications may help improve hormone levels and preserve fertility.
- Intramuscular injections – This treatment is injected into the buttocks every two to three weeks.
- Testosterone patches – Applied and changed daily, patches may be placed on the arms, buttocks, back, or abdomen.
- Gel – Testosterone gel is applied daily to the arms, shoulders, or abdomen.
- Pellet therapy – Bioidentical testosterone pellet therapy delivers a steady stream of the hormone for three to six months. After a small incision is made, pellets are placed just under the skin. The procedure is performed in the office and takes about 30 minutes. Although downtime is not necessary, patients may be asked to avoid exercise for a short period of time so the pellet can set up..
Every patient is different and has unique needs to consider. Dr. Maddox takes special care in developing an appropriate treatment plan suitable for each patient.
For more information on testosterone replacement for men, contact Thrive in Portland today to schedule your consultation. Call (503) 928-6505.