Testosterone deficiency affects 2.1% of all men but Testosterone Replacement Therapy can help

Studies suggest that around two in every 100 men suffers from a testosterone deficiency, the effects of which can be highly detrimental to quality of life. However, Balance My Hormones, a specialist provider of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and other hormone treatments for men and women, can help anyone who is suffering with low testosterone levels.

What are the causes of low testosterone levels in men?

Low testosterone in men can be caused by a range of factors. In younger men, type 2 diabetes, liver and kidney disease, and other illnesses can contribute to low testosterone levels. Problems with the pituitary gland and cancer treatment can also result in a loss of testosterone, as can testicular injuries and infections.

However, testosterone levels also naturally decline over time: after the age of 35, testosterone levels in men decline by 1% a year. As a result, low testosterone affects almost 40% of men aged 45 and older.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone levels?

Testosterone is the primary sex hormone and anabolic steroid in men. It plays an essential role in the development of male reproductive tissues, helps prevent osteoporosis, promotes increased muscle and bone mass, and influences mood and behaviour.

Men suffering with testosterone deficiency, which is also referred to as the male menopause, suffer from a range of symptoms, which include:

  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Reduced sense of wellbeing and low mood
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering things
  • Fatigue
  • Increased body fat and a decrease in body hair
  • Osteoporosis
  • Lower haemoglobin, which can lead to mild anaemia
  • Reduced sperm count and infertility
  • Reduced muscle strength

How can low testosterone be diagnosed?

Anyone who is suffering with symptoms of low testosterone levels should get tested to verify that low testosterone levels are the cause of these symptoms.

To do this, Balance My Hormones provides specialist doctors that administer blood tests. These blood tests check every aspect of hormone levels along with other factors that can influence the levels of testosterone in the body. These low testosterone blood tests are available for booking through their website and they are a requirement before any treatment is offered.

What do testosterone blood tests entail?

The British Society of Sexual Medicine (BSSM) guidelines recommends having at least two separate blood tests performed on different days. Blood tests are available to order from Balance My Hormones, and these are shipped in discreet packaging, whilst all results are confidential.

However, a full blood count, biochemistry, kidney and liver function tests, lipid profile and hormone tests must also be completed before treatment for low testosterone can begin.

For confirmed cases of low testosterone, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) can increase testosterone levels in the body and alleviate symptoms.

What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)?

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) involves replacing the body’s natural testosterone by administering bio-identical testosterone. TRT treatment is an ongoing process designed to optimise testosterone levels in the blood and there are several ways that it can be administered, which are covered below:

TRT injections – Injections are given at different frequencies, which are dependent on certain bloodwork markers and how the patient reacts during the treatment process. These frequencies range from every day to every seven days.

Cream – TRT can also be administered using creams that are tailor-made to suit individual treatment requirements. Applied to the scrotum, the amount used is only about the size of a pea, which is usually applied either once or twice a day. However, the concentration is high enough to ensure for effective absorption.

TRT with HCG – Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) can also be taken in addition to TRT. This is prescribed when there are concerns around the size of man’s testes or when it’s important to maintain fertility.

What are the benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

There are several reported benefits to Testosterone Replacement Therapy, including:

  • Increased sex drive
  • Better quality of erections
  • Improved energy levels
  • Enhanced mood
  • Increased bone density and muscle mass

How much does treatment for low testosterone cost?

The cost to treat testosterone deficiency costs between £70 and £113 per month, but the cost varies in accordance with individual requirements and factors. These include:

  • The amount of treatment required and the severity of testosterone deficiency
  • The method of treatment (injections or cream)
  • Whether Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is also used
  • The frequency of blood testosterone level checks, although Balance My Hormones recommends having blood checks performed after six weeks, six months, one year and then yearly after that

Are there any alternatives for treating low testosterone levels?

Yes, there are. For those who are suitable, the doctors at Balance My Hormones may be able to treat testosterone deficiency using a boosting protocol. The boosting protocol mostly used is Clomiphene (Clomid), but Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) and other medications are sometimes used too.

This type of treatment is designed to boost the body’s natural production of testosterone, whereas Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) replaces the body’s production of the hormone.

Balance My Hormones is a specialist provider of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and other hormone treatments for men and women. For more information, visit balancemyhormones.co.uk or call 0203 9003 209.