Understanding Testosterone Hormone Replacement

Understanding Testosterone Hormone Replacement

What is Testosterone?

The testes are the primary production centers for male testosterone.  Men need testosterone for not only determining sex characteristics, but also, as with females, for building muscle mass, increasing libido, and increasing bone mass to prevent frailty.   Many men become androgen-deficient as they age, meaning they have reduced levels of testosterone.  The symptoms of low testosterone interfere with your quality of life.  Dr. Terlinsky's Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement program can get you back to feeling like your old self.

Do I Have Low Testosterone?

Take our quiz to see if you might have low testosterone.  Testosterone deficiency as a result of aging, or andropause, may have any of the following symptoms or conditions:

  • Decreased muscle mass and strength
  • Increased fat mass
  • Low hematocrit
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Diminished libido
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Changes in mood

Aside from aging, low testosterone also can be caused by testicular failure due to a variety of genetic conditions as well as trauma or HIV/AIDS.  The pituitary gland and hypothalamus send signals to the testes to produce testosterone; the lack of signals results in a condition called hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, which generally is caused by genetic defects.

Low testosterone and high risk for cardiovascular disease go hand-in-hand.  Supplemental testosterone for both men and women lowers the risk of a heart attack.

An enzyme called aromatase converts testosterone to estrogen, which changes the ratio of testosterone to estrogen.  This enzyme is particularly significant in men with excessive body fat, because aromatase converts testosterone to estrogen within fat tissue.   With more aromatase, overweight and obese men are at a high risk for low testosterone.

The Solution: Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Dr. Terlinsky's testosterone replacement program can replenish your body's testosterone levels and eliminate any symptoms of testosterone deficiency.  He will first measure your current testosterone levels and then provide you with your own personalized hormone replacement treatment plan suited for your needs.  Contact Dr. Terlinsky today.

Does Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Cause Prostate Cancer?

In a word, no.  Bioidentical testosterone is safe for the prostate and does not increase your risk for prostate cancer.  Click here for more information.

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