As we age, our testosterone levels drop. If you are experiencing a low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, loss of muscle mass and lack of focus, you may have low testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) from Fairlawn Aesthetic MD in Fairlawn, Ohio and Mansfield, Ohio, restores your body’s testosterone to adequate levels.
Testosterone replacement therapy may be an option for you. At Fairlawn Aesthetic MD, we make the treatment program easy and convenient, utilizing self-administered testosterone injections in the subcutaneous tissue with an insulin needle.
You will be directed to a nearby lab for blood work when you call the office. When our office receives the results, they will be reviewed. If you are a candidate, based on your results, you will be scheduled for a free consultation with the doctor at either our Fairlawn office or our Mansfield office.
The consultation for TRT will involve a medical history, physical examination, and review of your test results. You will be shown how to inject your testosterone if you are a candidate. You will be given all the necessary supplies, and your testosterone will be shipped directly to your home.
After six weeks and six months, we will repeat your blood work, and you will follow up with the doctor. Your dose may or may not be adjusted based on your symptoms and lab results. After that, we will repeat your blood work, and you will follow up with the doctor every 12 months or as needed.
Our program includes visits with the doctor, supplies and medications.
Testosterone is a hormone found in humans, as well as in other animals. In men, the testicles primarily make testosterone. Women’s ovaries also produce testosterone, though in much smaller amounts. Testosterone production increases significantly during puberty and begins to dip after age 30 or so.
Testosterone is most often associated with sex drive and plays a vital role in sperm production. It also affects bone and muscle mass, the way men store fat in the body, and even red blood cell production. Testosterone levels can also affect your mood.
Testosterone levels naturally decline in men as they age. The symptoms of low testosterone are sometimes obvious, but they also can be subtle. Certain conditions can also lead to an abnormally low level in some cases. Symptoms of low testosterone include:
Testosterone levels decline steadily in adult women. Low T levels in women can be caused by removing the ovaries and diseases of the pituitary, hypothalamus, or adrenal glands. However, low T levels can also produce a variety of symptoms, including:
What can you expect from testosterone treatment? Many men report improvement in energy level, sex drive, and quality of erections. Testosterone also increases bone density, muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity in some men.
Men also often report an improvement in mood from testosterone replacement. Whether these effects are barely noticeable or a significant boost is highly individualized.
Studies have demonstrated that testosterone replacement therapy can improve quality of life and overall health and well-being for men with “hypogonadism” or reduced testosterone levels.
The key Benefits of Optimized Testosterone Levels Include:
Testosterone can aid in red blood cell production necessary for physical exertion and performance and maintaining a healthy, strong heart. A study published by the US Department of Veterans Affairs found that men with low testosterone levels returned to a normal range were 36% less likely to have a stroke and 24% less likely to have a heart attack.
Optimized testosterone levels can increase muscle size, strength, and endurance, while decreasing fat. You will generally notice the best improvements when combining testosterone therapy with a regular, healthy exercise regimen.
As men age, their bone density tends to decline with drops in testosterone, leading to an increased risk of breaks, fractures, and osteoporosis over time. Testosterone plays a crucial role in bone mineral density and supporting improved musculature for increased mobility and support.
Some studies have demonstrated that higher testosterone is associated with a reduced incidence of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Other studies point towards a convincing correlation between optimized testosterone levels and memory, rate of recall, and overall improved cognition.
It’s a generally well-known fact that men’s sex drive and libido are closely tied to their testosterone production. Higher levels of testosterone are usually equated to increased desire. Low testosterone can also impact the ability to get and maintain an erection and the quality of erections.
Symptoms of low testosterone can present not only physically but also emotionally. Reduced testosterone levels have been linked to depression, fatigue, and irritability. Correcting low testosterone levels may help with both anxiety and depression.