What is Testosterone?
What is considered testosterone?
Testosterone is what makes a man a man. It’s what builds muscle, puts hair on his body, and is the primary driver behind his sex drive. When testosterone levels start to dip, men can notice some symptoms that can be negatively impactful to his life. While ‘normal’ testosterone levels range from 300ng/dL to 1000ng/dL – the number is only part of his story. The right number is really where he feels and performs his best and symptoms have disappeared.
What are the causes of Low Testosterone?
After about age 30, men will see a natural decline in testosterone levels due to aging. However, you can’t write off these symptoms as “aging” or just getting old. Many times, when younger men experience hypogonadism, there are other things at play that can be causing testosterone levels to decline, including both physical and environmental causes. Injury, obesity, stress, illness, and disease can all contribute to lower testosterone in men. Previous misuses of testosterone can also contribute.
What are the symptoms of Low Testosterone?
The symptoms of Low Testosterone can impact a man’s life in many ways, causing both mental and physical changes…it’s more than just losing your sex drive and muscle mass, it can impact all of the relationships in your life.
Here are the most common symptoms we hear:
- Low/Poor Sex Drive
- Weight Gain/Belly Fat
- Athletic Performance Decline
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Brain Fog/Poor Sleep
- Poor Mental Focus
- Muscle Loss
- Decreased Muscle Strength
- Joint Pain
- Lack of Drive/Motivation
- Lack of energy/constant fatigue (taking afternoon naps on the couch – going to bed early – drinking energy drinks and coffee in the afternoons)
How do I know if I have low T?
While having any one of these symptoms by itself is not necessarily an indicator of Low Testosterone, having 3 or more is a good enough reason to get tested.
Diagnosing & Treating Low Testosterone
At Blokes, we mainly take three things into account when diagnosing and treating low-testosterone:
Everyone is different, and a Total testosterone level is not the end all be all. We want to understand what’s ‘normal’ for you, understand why you don’t feel your best and then through regular laboratory data (blood draws), get you into your optimal range and maintain your levels where you feel your best. Blokes is here to help solve the issue!
What are my treatment options?
Testosterone Replacement Therapy can be administered through many delivery methods including:
- IM injections
- Nasal Gels
- Sub Q Injections
- Oral Tablets
What option does Blokes recommend?
While there are many different forms and delivery methods of testosterone, not all are equal in safety and overall effectiveness. IM injections are considered the gold standard delivery method for most guys. However, some guys prefer to not do injections or just respond better to a different delivery method such as creams. We will work with you to find the optimal delivery method for you.
What are the benefits of treatment?
The full benefits of testosterone replacement therapy are not typically reached until at least 6 months to a full year of treatment. That being said, many guys report noticeable differences in sleep, libido, energy, and motivation within a short time of starting treatment.
Within the first few months:
- Improved Sleep
- Improved Libido
- Better Energy/Motivation
- Better Mood/Stamina
- Better recovery from workouts
- Increased Muscle Strength
Full Benefits Include:
- Overall Body Composition Improvements – especially when adding workouts and better diets
- Reach optimal testosterone levels
How Much Does Treatment Cost?
Initial lab draw is $49 and subsequent draws are included.
Our basic TRT treatment without add-ons is $149 per month.
Take the next steps for your health.
Our team has got you covered from diagnosing what’s going on with your hormonal health to finding the right way to effectively treat it. Schedule your complimentary consultation with a Blokes hormone specialist and take the next step toward your overall health.
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