What is testosterone?
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. Its main function is the development of male reproductive organs including the testes and prostate and to promote male physical features including deepening the voice, building muscle, strengthening bones, increasing penis size and producing body hair. This hormone is created in the testes, and testosterone helps transform a boy into a man. As men get older, androgen production slows down and testosterone levels decrease (Low T). Levels may decrease to a point where men begin having symptoms of low testosterone.
What are symptoms of low testosterone (Low-T)?
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased sex drive
- Depression & Irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- Reduced muscle mass
- Increase in body fat and weight gain
Low levels of testosterone (Low T) are additionally associated with metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of risk factors such as abnormal cholesterol and high blood pressure that boost risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes as well as other risks to health.
Testosterone Replacement Methods
The Optimal Male office in Naples, Florida provides a number of different types of Testosterone replacement therapy because not every method is right for every lifestyle. These methods include:
Testosterone Pellets. This FDA approved testosterone replacement therapy involves a simple in-office procedure where tiny Testosterone pellets are slipped into the subcutaneous fat where they slowly dissolve into the blood stream over 4 to 6 months. This therapy creates a very steady level of testosterone with minimal fluctuations (no peaks and valleys), allowing for optimal testosterone levels to be achieved without any daily applications, injections or planning.
Intramuscular Testosterone Injections.
This therapy consists of injecting testosterone into a muscular region, typically the buttocks, once every one to four weeks. If you prefer, the Optimal Male team in Naples, will train you to self-administer the injections so that you can do them from the convenience of your home. This therapy is very affordable but causes peaks and valleys in Testosterone levels making it difficult to achieve a steady hormone level. With Testosterone injections, it is important that our Naples medical team closely monitor your Testosterone levels via frequent blood work to ensure proper levels for long term success.
Testosterone Patches. These easy to use patches are applied daily to the back, arms, thighs, buttocks, or abdomen. Our Naples medical team can provide you with a prescription to be filled at your preferred pharmacy. While patches are easy to use, they must be worn daily and patients many times experience skin irritation which can be alleviated by moving the patch location daily. Additionally, some of our Southwest Florida patients find that the patches do not administer consistent levels of Testosterone due to the varying degrees of absorption in different areas of the body which may make them less effective…with most patients never reaching their optimal levels.
Topical Testosterone Gel.
This application is a simple daily application of gel to your shoulders, arms, or abdomen. While the gel is easy to use, there are risks including cross contamination of those living in your household especially women and/or prepubescent boys. Caution is necessary and you will be trained at Optimal Male in Naples FL, on the proper handling of the topical testosterone gel. Additionally, like the Testosterone Patches, absorption may not provide optimal or consistent levels of the hormone making it an inferior treatment for some patients.