TRT: Uses, Side Effects, and Cost of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

 Testosterone, more commonly known as the male sex hormone is found in both men and women as they both require it, although men naturally produce a lot more of it.

 Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is the medical treatment, providing restoration of testosterone levels that aren’t at an optimal physiological range. TRT provides the body with bioidentical testosterone to provide relief of symptoms that an insufficient level causes. Testosterone can be administered in a variety of ways which is normally chosen based on the individual’s needs. 

 
Symptoms that a low testosterone level would cause in both men and women consist of the following: irritability, increased body fat, decreased muscle mass, brain fog, loss of height, loss of confidence, sleep disturbances, inability to stay asleep, sleep apnea, diabetes, low sex drive, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, depression and anxiety.
 
Further symptoms that can be found, but only for men, include lack of morning erections, lack of energy, weak erections, inability to maintain an erection, frequent urination at night, erectile dysfunction, body and facial hair loss and pelvic floor pain.
 
For a man, and to a certain extent women, testosterone is important for both sexual and reproductive development, but also health and longevity. Things such as cognitive function, sex drive, energy, muscle mass, fertility, bone density and mood all require testosterone to function properly, with testosterone also holding an anti-ageing effect. 
 
There’s plenty of hearsay on what side effects TRT can have, with many circulating from very misinformed sources. So, to set the record straight here’s some clarity on potential side effects. 
 
Although, it’s important to note that should TRT be managed and administered properly then side effect should be easily avoided. But, should it not be monitored correctly it can produce some unwanted effects such as oily skin, fluid retention, oedema, hair loss, hair growth, enlarged breasts, enlarged clitoris, gastrointestinal symptoms, drowsiness, acne, irritability and mood changes. 
 
Furthermore, there may be additional sleep disturbances, slight insomnia or undiagnosed sleep apnea may be exaggerated. 
 
Side effects tend to follow your hormone levels not being correctly monitored, as such, should a person’s oestrogen levels climb too high this can cause prostate enlargement which can cause problems with urinating by putting pressure on the bladder. 
 
It’s important whilst on TRT to have regular blood tests to correctly monitor any changes in cholesterol, levels of red blood cells, PSA levels and other hormone levels. 
 
Long term TRT may cause a reduction in ejaculate volume, sperm count and potential fertility levels. This is due to testosterone levels being replenished, but this not being specific to intra-testicular levels. 
 
It’s also important to note that hair loss is only possible should you already be genetically predisposed to it. 
 
TRT is available both on the NHS and privately, with support packages being offered by some that provide a complete support structure whilst you’re on your TRT journey. You can find more information on Testosterone replacement services UK and its potential cost, visit Balance My Hormones online.
 
 
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