What to Expect Before and After Testosterone Replacement Therapy Q&A
The FDA approved testosterone replacement therapy exclusively for men who have low testosterone levels due to hypogonadism-causing illnesses. After the age of 30, men’s testosterone levels often begin to fall. Around six weeks after starting TRT injections, you should notice an improvement in mood and less depression. Patients seeking enhanced stamina and energy will see improvements in three months. Between months 3 and 4, you’ll notice a rise in muscle mass and strength, as well as a decrease in fat. Dr. Micah Walker, MD, at Men’s Health of Mississippi is experienced in treating low testosterone levels. We are conveniently located at 120 Fountains Blvd #1001, Madison, MS 39110. For more information, please call us or request an appointment online.
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What will happen when I start taking testosterone?
How long does it take to feel the effects of testosterone injections?
At what age should you consider testosterone replacement therapy?
What should I expect after my first testosterone injection?
It’s normal for men to start losing testosterone as they move into their 30s. However, consistently low levels of testosterone can affect both physical and mental health, which is why it’s important to talk to your primary care physician as soon as you start experiencing symptoms.
Common symptoms of low testosterone are decreased sex drive, poor-quality erections and orgasms, unexplained weight gain, increased levels of depression and anxiety, trouble sleeping, fatigue, and mood swings.
At Men’s Health of Mississippi, we understand how low testosterone levels can impact your day-to-day life. We offer testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to get you back to looking and feeling your best. Contact us today to discuss what TRT options may be best for you, or book in with one of our specialists online.
With hormone replacement therapy, testosterone is supplemented into the body via injections, patches, gels, pills, or slow-release pellets placed under the skin. Testosterone is a prescription product that should only be administered by a qualified hormone replacement specialist, as they’re specially trained to dose you properly and design a custom dosing schedule to best fit your unique needs.
When you first start taking testosterone, the effects you experience may vary depending on what symptoms of low testosterone you started with. Men experience low testosterone in multiple and varied ways, which can affect the improvements they’ll see after starting treatment.
However, the most common effects that patients experience after beginning TRT include the following:
● Better and more stable moods
● Better maintenance of muscle mass
● Better quality erections and orgasms
● Improved bone density
● Improved energy levels
● Improved libido
● Improved sleep
● Increased concentration and memory
● Increased muscle mass and strength
● Reduced levels of anxiety and depression
Over the course of your treatment, your dosage may need to be adjusted. Any changes should be discussed with and approved by your hormone replacement specialist.
When you’re undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, it can take 3-6 months to fully resolve symptoms and get back to feeling your best. However, many patients report positive improvements in their symptoms during the first 2–3 weeks of treatment.
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for when someone should start considering testosterone replacement therapy. Symptoms of low testosterone may start appearing earlier for some men, while others may not notice any difference until they’re in their senior years (or at all). While most testosterone replacement therapy is prescribed for men over 40, it’s not unusual to see treatments begin as early as one’s 20s.
Instead of letting age determine whether you should consider TRT, first take inventory of your physical and mental health. These are far better indicators of low testosterone and, in combination with blood testing that comes back positive for low T, provide the crux for diagnosis and treatment.
Some common symptoms of unbalanced testosterone levels are:
● Decreased sex drive
● Erectile dysfunction
● Hair loss
● Increased levels of fatigue
● Memory loss or poor concentration
● Trouble falling and/or staying asleep
● Urinary problems.
● Weight gain
● Weight loss
If you’re experiencing symptoms that are negatively impacting your life, then it’s time to talk to your healthcare professional about your treatment options.
After your first testosterone injection, you can expect some muscle soreness and tenderness around the injection site. In terms of effects, it’s important to be realistic with your expectations and not expect a miracle overnight. TRT is not an overnight solution, and it takes time and consistency to reap the benefits.
However, a good number of TRT patients notice positive changes in their health and wellness after the first couple of injections. These benefits may vary depending on the user; however, the most common effects that patients report are:
● Increased libido/sex drive
● Better quality erections and orgasms
● Improvement in energy levels
● Improved concentration
● Increased energy
● More restorative sleep cycles
Some men notice a quicker onset of benefits, while others may take a little longer to respond to testosterone treatments. However, if you haven’t experienced any benefits after several months of TRT, you should consult with your physician or hormone replacement specialist to troubleshoot where the issue may be.
At Men’s Health of Mississippi, our team of experienced and knowledgeable hormone replacement specialists is here to help you navigate the murky waters of low testosterone. Reach out to us today for any questions that you may have about our services, or book an appointment online at your earliest convenience. We serve patients from Madison MS, Ridgeland MS, Gluckstadt MS, Pocahontas MS, Annandale MS, and surrounding areas.
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