Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Well men get the most out of life and have more energy
Are you feeling run-down, irritable, and anxious? Are you off sex and generally desperate to get your “mojo” back? If so, you could be suffering from a lack of testosterone, previously referred to as the male menopause or andropause, now officially known as Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (TDS).
TESTOSTERONE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME
The female menopause (menos = of month and pausis = cessation,Gk) occurs within a window of time between age 45 and 55 due to a relatively rapid decline in the production of oestrogen and testosterone. There is no “male menopause”: male testosterone declines from age 30 in a more or less linear trajectory to age 100. With this decline comes deterioration of mental and physical capacities at a rate predetermined by genetic inheritance, or the intervention of disease or lifestyle factors.
CAUSES OF LOW TESTOSTERONE
Obesity often causes a dramatic fall in testosterone and sperm production, resulting in erectile dysfunction and attendant symptoms, along with infertility. Conversely, a low testosterone causes obesity. This is avoidable and can be addressed: it is not a disease.
SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE
The symptoms of low testosterone are numerous, but the “red flags” are:
Loss of libido
Diminished nocturnal and early morning tumescence
Fatigue and lassitude
Increased sweating, night sweats
Depressed mood, anxiety and lack of well being
Poor concentration and memory
Loss of drive and enthusiasm
Less frequent are weight gain, urinary symptoms, disturbed sleep, loss of muscle mass, decline in athletic performance, dry skin, poor wound healing, reduced facial hair growth, reduced testicular volume and pain or discomfort in the testes.
Chronic stress is known to suppress production of the hormone, and men with low testosterone levels are more likely to suffer from diabetes, heart disease, obesity and emotional disturbances.
Low testosterone can be potentially devastating to your relationship and career, and, according to recent medical research, leads to a shorter life expectancy.
TREATMENT OF LOW TESTOSTERONE
The good news is that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) could help. Men taking TRT report greater sexual desire, improved ability to achieve and maintain erections and a feeling of vitality and vigour. The treatment also increases muscle mass and strength, cuts body fat and improves mood and cognitive function, thereby booting self-esteem. In the long-term, TRT can also lead to an increase in bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
What ‘s included in our TRT screening procedure?
Two consultations, lasting a total of one and a half hours, with one of our experienced male doctors which includes:
A full clinical history of the condition
A thorough physical examination
Investigations including haematology, biochemistry and hormone profiles
Discussion of appropriate treatment options
A short preliminary consultation is also available if desired. Treatment can begin within a few hours of your initial consultation. You only need to visit us a few times a year to keep up with your treatment.