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Testosterone Therapy: Is It Right For You?

by Terry Wilson

As men age, their testosterone levels can decline and cause issues with sexual health as well as other issues. Testosterone therapy is a tempting treatment option for many men, but before making a decision, it's best to understand how it can help and the risks.

What Are The Signs Of Declining Testosterone 

While all men are different, there are some symptoms men might experience as levels fall:

  • Changes in sexual desire
  • Difficulty getting and maintaining erections
  • Increased body fat
  • Reduce muscle mass
  • Body hair loss
  • Less energy
  • Emotional changes
  • Memory issues
  • Trouble concentrating

Some of these symptoms may have other causes, so it's best to consult a doctor to test testosterone levels and look for any other underlying causes for your symptoms.

Benefits of Testosterone Therapy

While there is little evidence to support it, some men do report feeling more vigorous and younger with testosterone therapy. However, there are some known benefits to hormone replacement.

  • Improve sexual function
  • Help with bone density
  • Sex drive
  • Sperm production
  • Red blood cell production
  • Muscle mass
  • More facial and body hair

While there are some benefits, there are also risks, so it's important to discuss treatment with your doctor before making a decision.

Side Effects Of Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone therapy is medications that range from injections to nasal sprays. The doctor can help you decide which type of medication is best for you.

When deciding whether or not to try testosterone therapy, discuss if the benefits outweigh the risks. Understanding the benefits and risks can help you make a decision.

There are a variety of risks associated with hormone replacement.

  • Increased risk of blood clots
  • Enlarging breasts
  • Risk of benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Growth of existing prostate cancer

If you don't want to opt for testosterone replacement therapy, there are some natural ways to help boost this hormone.

  • Losing excess weight
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Weight training

There are also foods that can help boost testosterone levels.

  • Egg yolks
  • Beef
  • Shellfish
  • Beans
  • Tuna
  • Fortified cereals

Your doctor can discuss these with you if you are interested.

If you have symptoms of low testosterone, consult your doctor and discuss how to go about getting a diagnosis. Your doctor can test your hormone levels to determine if you have low testosterone. Together, you can rule out any underlying causes of symptoms and determine if testosterone replacement therapy is more beneficial than risky based on your health. Men don't have to live with the symptoms of low testosterone.