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Why age gracefully?

Just because low testosterone has got you down, it doesn't mean that the down-in-the-dumps feeling and all the physical symptoms that come with it are something you have to put up with. Testosterone replacement therapy, which is available in a number of forms, has been shown to increase energy levels, muscle mass, bone density, sex drive and to reduce other symptoms in men who suffer from low testosterone.

Testosterone supplements come in a variety of forms, including gels, injections, patches, and pills. Men concerned about maintaining an active lifestyle may find it easiest to go with the patch because it is applied once daily to the back, abdomen, thigh, or upper arm and worn for 24 hours, and users can exercise, swim, bathe, and shower like normal. The patch is advantageous in that it is effective at maintaining stable testosterone levels throughout the day but may more likely cause skin irritation.

While gels are easier to apply and may not be as likely to cause irritation, they can be messy and restrictive. The gel is applied once daily to clean, dry and unbroken skin on the shoulders, upper arm, or abdomen, and users must wait several minutes for the gel to dry before dressing and a further 5 to 6 hours before showering, bathing, or swimming. Because the testosterone in the gel is so easily absorbed, men using this form need to take caution not to let anyone else, particularly children and pregnant women, come into direct contact with the medicated skin. This can lead to the other person developing masculine features such as a low voice and facial hair unless the affected area is washed thoroughly and as promptly as possible with soap and water.

Pills have historically been avoided as they have been linked to severe liver damage. However, there are now testosterone capsules available that do not have this risk as they are not broken down by the liver. It is important to take them with food to receive the full effect. Lastly, testosterone injections are an option for those who wish to avoid using a product on a daily basis, as they are usually given every couple of weeks. On the other hand, some individuals find that their testosterone levels may not be as stable or would like to avoid injections altogether.

Side effects of testosterone replacement therapy can include acne, prostate growth, sleep problems, increased blood cell production, and other effects that are related to the specific dosage form. As well, men with prostate cancer, breast cancer or allergies to testosterone or any ingredient in the dosage form should avoid testosterone replacement therapies.

Talk with your doctor to find out whether testosterone replacement therapy - and in which form - is right for you!

All material copyright MediResource Inc. 1996 – 2022. Terms and conditions of use. The contents herein are for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Source: www.medbroadcast.com/healthfeature/gethealthfeature/Andropause-A-Turning-Point-for-Men

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