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TRT is not something that I purposely chose, rather it chose me. I thought it was a fun topic to read about butI didnt expect to take it seriously until at least my mid-30s. Life often has a different way of throwing us curveballs. Thankfully my lifes curveballexposed me to the amazing benefits of testosterone replacement therapy

Due to much online research and stumbling onto the writings of Jay Campbell,I received a male hormone panelblood test and it shockinglyrevealed I had low testosterone. 29 years old and sitting there with the blood levels of a geriatric. What am I going to do?

Looking back, I now know I had symptoms of low Testosterone for a couple years proceeding the test, but I took them for granted. I never even contemplated the possibility of low T in my 20s. Who at that age really does?

Sadly, I believe this affliction affects many more men just like me. Men who are suffering in silence because they either refuse to get checked or even worse, are evaluated by a Physician unaware to even check for Testosterone Deficiency. (TD)

So now at the age of 29, after a ton of research, interviewing multiple Doctors and even more back and forth personal deliberation (likely brought on by my low T), I decided to bite the bullet and choose a physician managedTRT protocol.

Its important I tell everyone reading this, I spent hours pouring throughJays The Definitive TRT MANual(IMO, it is hands down the best book written about this very complex topic). I also spend a couple weeks reading various Excel Male Forumuser experiences on TRT.

All of this information allowed me tofeel informed enough to start down the path of TRT. Ultimately, no amount of reading can prepare you for the real life experienceof supplementalTestosterone coursing thru your body.

After a couple of months of working with my Doctor, here are the 11 most noticeable benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy:

I am a firm believer that your mood is the result of your thinking. However, when your hormones are out of whack, you dont realize how much effect it has on your thoughts, as mind and body are truly one.

Before TRT, my moods were lower and subject to change, I remember having slumps, feeling down for days on end and I could never understand why I had no desire to work out.

Now I feel much more on it. Its difficult to describe, but I feel as though my energy is more aligned. I still experience the ups and downs of life, but they are rare and Im overall superpositive. Testosterone just gives you that YEAH, I GOT THIS feeling.

Over time I noticed my interest in sex gradually diminished and I would feel ambiguous toward it. Thinking back on it, it seemspathetic a virile man in his late 20s had a declining desire for SEX. Yikes.

Libido is one of the hallmarks of youth, and when its diminished you definitely notice the effect it has on your energy and vigor.

Libido can be a complex issue and is not necessarily solved by testosterone alone. In my case, TRT improved my libido to a level higher than I had experienced previously.Its pretty cool to see somerecently released studies validating my own experience.

In the year prior to TRT, I became disillusioned with my training in the gym. I struggled tremendously to even put on a small amount of muscle.

I analyzed every aspect of my diet and training, I questioned myself: maybe I wasnt training hard enough? Maybe my diet wasnt that good after all? Im no Mike Mentzer, but I thought my efforts merited a little more than I was getting. I figured because I had been training a few years that I had maxed out my genetic potential and couldnt grow any more.

After undergoing TRT, its clear that mylow T stalled my progress. Now I train with greater intensity and I have an unparalleled sense of urgencyto kick ass during my workout. I have fewer off days and the majority of my workoutsI feel stronger with more stamina.

Testosterone due to its affinity for the bodys androgen receptors allows you to increase lean mass, so you can reasonably expect to gain muscle while on TRT. However, this doesnt happen by virtue of T alone. As the body is quite happy with the way things are, you have to put in the work if you want it to change. This means you need to eat above maintenanceclean carbsand understand what your daily protein requirements are.

So far, Ive gained around 10lbs while on TRT, but none of it came without busting my balls in the gym. While much of it is lean mass, I have no doubt some is water weight due to Testosterones ability to enhanceglycogen storage capacity.All in all, Im pleased with the results.

There is no doubt that lower levels of testosterone lead to hesitancy and doubt. In the past I would second guess myself a lot. These days I feel more assertive and confident in my choices, instead of being paralyzed with indecision.

Thats not to say youre going to turn into a Drill Sergeant overnight, optimal levels of testosterone just give greater clarity to your thinking and allow you to cut through the bullshit.

In the past if I had a heavy training day, particularly legs, I might be sore for several days. I still get muscle soreness (DOMS) after workouts, but its nowhere near what it was previous to using TRT.I also recover much quicker. In fact, I believe one of the unsung positive attributes regarding TRT is the ability to speed healing especially withsoft tissue injuries.

Interventional endocrinology is not an exact science and its constantly evolving. Every case is unique to the individual. In the beginning, you need to get your blood work CHEKDand then maintain ongoing follow up labs at 4-6 weeksto understandhow your body is respondingto treatment.

My Doctor and I carefully observed how I felt and we comparednotes, He also had me experiment with different injection frequencies. I eventually found my sweet-spot and can say I feel better toward the higher end of the optimal range of total testosterone levels(1100-1400). Other men (based on my reading) doperfectly fine at 600-800 total Testosterone ng/dl for example.

You must be patient and give your body time to become hormonally balanced betweentestosterone and estrogen.Every man is biochemically unique and what works for some may not work for others. Its also why working with a progressive physician expert at balancing endocrine systems is crucial.

I read a lot on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) before I began and talked with a number of guys who were veteran users. I alsosought out a well respected doctor who was supportive of my treatment. Because of these reasons, Ive had minimal side effects.

Of course there are side effects, as with any drug you put in your body, but they can be minimized if not eliminated in many cases.

The only noticeable side effect Ive suffered is some back acne while on TRT. This is due to higher DHT levels, as DHT increases production of oil in the sebaceous glands. This wont happen to everyone and has not been a major issue for me.

As a side note, I have not suffered hair loss. I believe Im not genetically predisposed to hair loss, so this is likely why. Even if I was, it wouldnt stop me from experiencing the benefits ofTRT. For me the choice is simple Id rather lead a quality life full of passion, energy and maximum effort than worry about losing my hair.

Estradiol

Before starting TRT, one of my main concerns were the side-effects of too much estradiol, also known as E2. I think guys are paranoid about this subject in particular, after all the side-effects of high E2 arent so desirable; bloating, water retention and mood swings.

The truth is, if you take a clinical dose of TRT and inject in the right frequency for you, high estradiol is rarelya concern. Whats more, estradiol plays an important role in libido and other bodily processes, so messing with it may have unwanted consequences.

Personally, I feel just fine with my E2 toward the higher end of the range and have no side effects. Anecdotally, some guys take aromatase inhibitors (AIs) when there is no clinicalneed due to their Doctorsbeing overly concerned about E2. Often times, they end up feeling worse for it.

Mentell me they dont want to go on TRT because they dont want to inject for the rest of their lives. I get it. I actually put it off for several weeks because of a similar concern.

But when I finally got my act together, guess what? It wasnt so bad. I learned to backfillsmall needles(that are minimally invasive),and my injection processtakes less than30 seconds from start to finish. In, out, throw away the syringe in a sharps container. DONE.

Id rather have the stability of injections rather than any other delivery system fraught with potential side effects and social inconveniences. Ill go out on a limb and say most men use creams because theyre afraid of injections. Honestly, they dont take much getting used to and theyre very simple once you know how to administer them.

If you are woefully out of shape and have a crappy diet, TRT will not magically transform you into an Adonis.

TRT is however a fantastic adjunct to a healthy lifestyle. This healthy lifestyle MUSTinclude a clean diet, minimal/zero alcohol consumption and regular resistance and cardio vascular training. If you do those things, youll definitely feel like a massively different person.

Final Thoughts

Done the right way, the benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy will dramatically enhance your life.

TRT has worked well for me, but only because I didnt go in with a child-like naivety of rely completely on my doctor. In fact, I took responsibility for my treatmentjust as much as my Doctor did. I cant possibly recommend this approach MORE STRONGLYfor any man considering a TRT lifestyle.

The media changes its mind every day as to whether TRT is legal and or effective. And just as many writers are biased andmisinformed.In my opinion, using TRT is a choice to take full control of your personal health.

If you truly want to separate the truth from the bullshit, readJays book.It is a 100% authentic and easy to understandguideon how to experience the maximum benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy for lifelong health and happiness.

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Low-Testosterone (Low-T) – Controversy Over … – AARP

But is low T from aging really a disease in need of medication? Critics of the campaign say many men have been convinced to take a potentially risky drug for a condition they don’t have. Steven Woloshin, a professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, dubs low T “the mother of all disease mongering.”

On the other hand, proponents say testosterone replacement can help older men improve their quality of life. “The true outrage is that social forces and hysteria have combined to deprive men of a useful treatment without regard for medical science,” Abraham Morgentaler, a Harvard urologist, wrote recently in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Experts agree on at least one thing: After age 30, every man’s testosterone drops about 1 percent a year, according to Ranjith Ramasamy, a urologist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Being overweight or obese, as well as having type 2 diabetes, may drag your levels down even lower.

But what is a healthy T level for an older man? Doctors can’t agree. Many laboratories use wildly varying reference numbers based on the average testosterone levels of young men, anywhere from 300 to 900 nanograms per deciliter.

Meanwhile, some symptom lists virtually guarantee that any middle-aged man will self-diagnose low T. Several websites that promote testosterone replacement feature a 10-question self-quiz. Answer yes to just three you’re grumpy now and then, you don’t have the strength you used to have, and you sometimes fall asleep after dinner and you could have low T. “These complaints may have nothing to do with testosterone,” says Woloshin.

T therapy was originally developed for men whose bodies can’t produce enough testosterone, often because of injury to the testicles, cancer or genetic defects. But now, critics say, aggressive marketing has convinced many men to take the hormone in hopes of feeling and looking younger. That exposes otherwise healthy bodies to serious side effects.

“When you take testosterone, your body shuts down its own production,” says John La Puma, M.D., director of a clinic in Santa Barbara, Calif., that focuses on men’s health. As a result, the testicles may shrink and you could require supplementation indefinitely. That means long-term considerations like expense, inconvenience and, worst of all, possible catastrophic health issues.

A study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported a 30 percent jump in the risk of stroke, heart attack and death among men undergoing testosterone therapy. The FDA is investigating whether warnings should be issued.

There is one piece of useful information that no advertiser will offer: “A lot of men don’t need testosterone replacement to feel and look better,” says La Puma. “All they need to do is eat a healthier diet and be a little more active.” When obese men shed an average of 17 pounds, a recent study found, their testosterone levels climbed 15 percent. Indeed, a healthy diet, quality sleep and regular exercise can help any man build muscle, improve libido and raise energy levels. No prescription required.

Peter Jaret writes on health and medical issues for national publications.

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Ashburn, VA

As men age, they notice a change in their physical and mental states. This change stems from the body’s lowered testosterone production. Decreased libido,depression and many more side-effects can be caused by low testosterone.

The symptoms of low testosterone are sometimes referred to as Andropause. Andropause can seem like a dead end, a condition with no solution. Due to today’s advanced medical technology, that isn’t the case. Testosterone replacement therapy can provide relief; to get started please call (703) 327-2434 or contact Virginia Center for Health & Wellness online.

While most people associate low testosterone with men in their 60′s, it can occur in men as young as 35. Before deciding if testosterone replacement therapy is what you need, it’s important that you identify the signs of andropause. Andropause can cause:

These signs may appear all at once or one at a time. The onset of low testosterone, referred to as Low-T, can be sudden and shocking. Men’s testosterone levels gradually decline as they age, making most men over 50 an ideal candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.

While it’s most commonly caused by age, Low-T can also stem from:

To determine if you are suffering from Low-T, your doctor can administer a testosterone level test. This usually occurs in the form of a simple blood test. To schedule such a test, please call (703) 327-2434 or contact Virginia Center for Health & Wellness online.

Low testosterone is best treated with testosterone replacement therapy. This treatment is a form of hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. In essence, HRT rejuvenates your system by replenishing your depleted testosterone levels.

Conventional HRT makes use of synthetic hormones that are potentially damaging to your system. This makes bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) the preferred form of testosterone replacement treatment.

BHRT uses testosterone that is chemically and biologically identical to that your body produces naturally. This makes BHRT both safer and more effective than traditional hormone replacement therapy.

Bioidentical testosterone can be delivered in a number of ways, including:

Each of these methods is a viable way to boost your testosterone levels and combat Low-T.

The only way to feel like a young man again is with testosterone replacement therapy, and the only way to receive this BHRT is from an experienced professional. If you’re curious about testosterone hormone replacement therapy, you need to schedule a consultation. Please call (703) 327-2434 or contact Virginia Center for Health & Wellness online.

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy And Bodybuilding

It is physically impossible to use testosterone replacement therapy for bodybuilding purposes, as a shortcut of sortsthe amounts prescribed are simply too low.

Unfortunately, a small number of people seem to think otherwiseconversely, some people abuse testosterone when bodybuilding, using substances like testosterone at extremely high doses to alter their bodies faster than nature intended.

The amount of testosterone these individuals need to push their bodies beyond normal is far, far above the amount that any testosterone therapy provider should give you.

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) returns your testosterone levels to normalit wont give you an unnatural edge over the competition or magically turn you into a champion bodybuilder.

Remember, this is testosterone replacement therapyits meant to replace testosterone thats missing.

If you already have normal levels of testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy isnt for youits not a shortcut for bodybuilding success.

That being said, if your testosterone levels are abnormal, that is, lower than they should be for your age and sex, then testosterone replacement therapy might be right for you.

If youre wanting to improve your body but youve found that you simply cant gain muscle (or lose fat) like you used to, you might be suffering from low testosterone.

One of the hallmark symptoms of low testosterone is increased adipose (fat) tissue and decreased muscle mass.

If you want to improve your body, to get back into the shape you were in when you were young (or even get into shape for the first time), you wont be able to do it with abnormally low testosterone.

Testosterone replacement therapy optimizes your testosterone levels. It allows your body to build muscle the way it should.

No shortcutsthis is about helping men and women who are suffering from low testosterone find an optimal level of testosterone, about allowing your hard work in the gym to pay off.

The long and short of it is this: you cant use testosterone replacement therapy for bodybuilding its not a magic bullet to help healthy people beat the system.

However, If youre a fitness aficionado whos not seeing expected results, if youre tired of busting your butt at the gym and feeling like youre wasting your time, you might be suffering from low testosterone.

Therefore, testosterone replacement therapy could be just what you need to jumpstart your bodys natural muscle growth mechanisms.

Testosterone replacement therapy is about improving your quality of life, improving it by reducing the symptoms of low testosterone. Its about normalizing your levels so your bodybuilding efforts arent being stifled.

Its about helping you feel like you againits about helping you get back to feeling normal, helping you get back to life.

If youre ready to get your strength, performance, muscle mass, and fat percentage back to where it should be, contact us today about testosterone replacement therapy.

Remember, youre not using testosterone replacement therapy for bodybuilding supplementationwere administering testosterone to get your body back to optimal.

To learn more about how testosterone replacement therapy works, click here.

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Natural Hormone Balance | Hormone Optimization Therapy …

The primary goal of BioTE Medical is to help optimize hormone levels of our patients. The mission of BioTE is to change healthcare and to help people age healthier and live happier.

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT, is a treatment for many common and debilitating symptoms that are often overlooked by doctors. Some of these symptoms include exhaustion, stress, foggy thinking, weight loss, sleep disturbances, and so much more. These ailments are treated by solving the root cause of these difficult conditions. Often, people with symptoms like these are suffering from hormonal imbalance. BHRT is a natural and simple method for correction of these complex issues.

Within 7-10 days after your pellet insertion, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) begins to work. Once a pellet is inserted in the gluteal area, a consistent dose of bio-identical (naturally derived) hormones enter the bloodstream. Every BHRT pellet is created with patients’ unique physiology in mind. Because of this, every treatment is tailored to the patient and will have the greatest possible success in helping them achieve balance. Furthermore, the pellets are derived from plants, not animals, which closely mimic the hormones naturally present within your body. Studies have shown that bio-identical hormone pellet therapy may offer you the most benefits.

First, find a BioTE provider. If your provider is not listed, nominate your provider to become BioTE certified. Then, schedule an office visit with your BioTE provider to test your current hormone levels. Based on your comprehensive consultation and thorough blood work panel, your provider will determine if you are a candidate for BioTE pellet therapy. Then a quick follow up appointment will be scheduled for your unique pellet therapy insertion.

Each patients symptoms are unique and each patients paths to optimization is unique. Most patients report some symptom resolution in as little as two to four weeks, but full optimization may take up to 6 months. Your journey will be specialized to fit your specific needs. Just as it doesnt take you 1-2 weeks to get out of balance, it doesn’t resolve that quickly either.

BioTE Medical only offers bio-identical hormone replacement therapy in the form of subcutaneous pellets and with over million insertions performed in the companys history, we have seen many lives changed with optimized hormones. If any of the hormone imbalance symptoms mentioned above ring a bell for you, or remind you of someone you love, BioTE Medical encourages you to use our Find a Provider tool or to nominate your provider to begin your journey to wellness today.

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Is testosterone replacement therapy safe … – Harvard Health

Published: February, 2014

Millions of American men use a prescription testosterone gel, patch, or injection to boost levels of the manly hormone. The ongoing marketing blitz promises that treating “low T” this way can make men feel more alert, energetic, mentally sharp, and sexually functional. However, legitimate safety concerns linger, as explained in the February 2014 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

“Because of the marketing, men have been flooded with information about the potential benefit of fixing low testosterone, but not with the potential costs,” says Dr. Carl Pallais, an endocrinologist and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Men should be much more mindful of the possible long-term complications.”

Some studies have found that men taking testosterone have more cardiovascular problems, like heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from heart disease. Some physicians also have a lingering concern that testosterone therapy could stimulate the growth of prostate cancer cells. Yet the evidence is mixed, with some studies showing a lower cardiac risk with testosterone therapy and no apparent effect on prostate cancer.

In such uncertain times, men should take a cautious approach, Dr. Pallais says.

“I can’t tell you for certain that taking testosterone raises the risk of heart problems and prostate cancer, or that it doesn’t,” Dr. Pallais says. “We need a large study with multiple thousands of men followed for many years to figure it out.”

Until then, here are some tips for taking a cautious approach to testosterone therapy:

Read the full-length article: “Is testosterone therapy safe? Take a breath before you take the plunge”

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The Your HCG diet program works because of the scientifically formulated combination of our Your HCG drops and diet plan. We provide you with the real HCG diet plan, based on the one created by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in the 1950s. Our proprietary HCG diet drops formulation has helped thousands lose weight and is made in the USA in an FDA monitored laboratory. Take a look at some unsolicited HCG Diet Reviews.

Part of the the HCG diet program is a 500 calorie, or VLCD, diet plan. On the HCG diet program (1), youll be able to eat great meals like breaded chicken cutlets and roasted asparagus or rosemary garlic steak and asian salad. There are even many dessert options available. While on the Your HCG diet program, you are going to learn to eat healthier, and restart your metabolism. Learn more about the food and see a sample HCG diet meal plan.

Weve been in business for over 9 years and we were the first company selling homeopathic HCG drops online. All of our products are 100% safe. Active Ingredients: (hCG) 6X, 12X, 30X, 60X Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (2). In other words, our product contains the real HCG hormone.

Weve all tried diets in the past and know how difficult it can be to lose weight and keep it off. The HCG diet isnt the newest fad, miracle cure, or food delivery service. In fact, the HCG diet has been around since the 1950s when the protocol was created by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons.

Simply put, the HCG hormone allows you to maintain a very low calorie diet (VLCD), while eliminating hunger pangs. The easy-to-take hormone allows your body to unlock stored fat around the midsection (hips, belly, bottom, and thighs) as well as the upper arms. We provide you with not only HCG, but the step-by-step specifics of the diet. Using HCG for weight loss, you will know when to start, what to eat, how to track your progress, and all the information you need to safely transition off of the diet once you have reached your goal.

I started the HCG Diet last Sunday morning at 261.5 lbs. When I weighed in this Sunday morning I was at 247 lbs. 14.5 pounds in the first week. Im impressed. This is way better than the HCG injections that I had used before.*

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The HCG diet isnt the newest fad or miracle cure. The HCG diet has actually been around since the 1950s when the protocol was created by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons?

HCG, also known as Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, is a hormone that is produced by pregnant women by the placenta. It is a glycoprotein that is made up of 244 amino acids. HCG also helps the body create progesterone and helps line the uterus with a thick wall of blood vessels and capillaries to assist the growing fetus. HCG has been used to treat infertility in women and to increase sperm count in men. It has been found that HCG regulates the brain set point for hunger and also how your body metabolizes fat. HCG alerts the body to release stored fat when needed. This is apparent in pregnant women who have severe morning sickness or live an unhealthy lifestyle. They are still able to go full term and have a healthy baby.

Dr. A.T.W Simeons (4) researched the HCG diet for many years, as he was an endocrinologist, which is a doctor that studies the endocrine system, the diseases involved, along with the hormones the endocrine system creates. By studying the endocrine system and hormones that go along with it, Dr. Simeons was able to fine-tune the HCG diet so it worked for obese and overweight patients. In his book titled Pounds and Inches, he also states that patients that only need to lose 5lbs can also do the diet.

Simply put, the HCG hormone allows you to maintain a very low calorie diet (5) (VLCD), while eliminating hunger pangs. The easy-to-take hormone allows your body to unlock stored fat around the midsection (hips, belly, bottom, and thighs) as well as the upper arms. We provide you with not only HCG, but the step-by-step specifics of the diet. You will know when to start, what to eat, how to track your progress, and all the information you need to safely transition off of the diet once you have reached your goal.

Starting in 2009, we can proudly say that we were the first HCG Diet company selling homeopathic HCG online and our reputation speaks for itself. We have helped over 200,000 customers reach their weight loss goals. Our hormone-included HCG diet is manufactured in an FDA monitored laboratory right here in the United States. The Your HCG drops are homeopathic, so they are safe and have virtually no side effects. The HCG diet has been around for over 50 years, so HCG information is abundant and well documented.

SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT & REFERENCE CITATIONSReferences:1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18694877

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2405506

3.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/786001

4.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/595585

5.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/836112

6.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23606549

7.https://www.webmd.com/diet/hcg-and-weight-loss#1

8.https://www.webmd.com/baby/human-chorionic-gonadotropin-hcg#1

9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_T._W._Simeons

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Benefits of Testosterone for Women: The Case for Testosterone Replacement in Aging Women

Television, the internet, and magazine ads all target men with products that address the drop in testosterone that occurs with age, but despite being classified as a male hormone, testosterone is also produced by women. While its true that men produce far more testosterone than women do, during the early reproductive years, women have 10 times more testosterone than estrogen within the body, leading experts to believe that its really testosterone loss that results in many of the symptoms women go through in midlife, such as low libido, fatigue, low muscle tone, weight gain, and loss of mental focus.1

Testosterone for women has become a hot button issue as women begin to realize that they too are at risk for deficiencies since testosterone levels drop with age in women as well. Around the world, testosterone therapy is being used to treat the symptoms of testosterone deficiency in both pre- and post-menopausal women as research continues to show that healthy testosterone levels are essential for the physical and mental health of both men and women.

Since the ovaries are responsible for producing both estrogen and testosterone, as the ovaries age, they produce less estrogen and testosterone.2 As women enter pre-menopause, testosterone production is reduced, and once women reach menopause, its common for them to produce less than half the testosterone they did previously. Every woman becomes at risk for testosterone deficiency as she ages, and women who go through a hysterectomy or oophorectomy have an even higher risk of dealing with low testosterone levels.

Women who begin experiencing a testosterone deficiency often notice many of the same symptoms men deal with as they deal with low T levels. Low levels of testosterone in women often lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis, since low T levels can leach away strength from the skeleton.3 Low levels can also lead to an increased risk of gaining weight since testosterone levels have been linked with fat mass in women in studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.4

A report published in the Journal of Womens Health even showed that testosterone deficiencies could be a risk factor for the development of heart disease in women.5 Since cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of postmenopausal women, this is an interesting hypothesis that underscores the importance of balanced hormones in women, including testosterone.

Both women and men may experience a wide variety of symptoms with low testosterone, such as fatigue, weight gain, low libido, and mental fogginess. Testosterone therapy has the potential to relieve these symptoms. Low libido is one of the most common complaints among aging women, and studies show that treating women with testosterone can significantly improve their sex drive.6

For women going through menopause, testosterone therapy often provides symptom relief. Studies show that testosterone therapy in menopausal women can relieve the symptoms of menopause, including urinary urgency, incontinence, vaginal dryness, and hot flashes.7 Testosterone therapy may also help protect against cardiovascular events, dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow, as well as offering a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes by lowering insulin resistance.8

While some buy into the myth that testosterone therapy may increase the risk of breast cancer, studies show that instead of increasing a womans risk for the disease, taking testosterone may actually help prevent breast cancer.9 Other benefits of testosterone women may experience include improve focus and mental clarity, reduced fatigue, reduced anxiety, improved bone density, and increases in lean muscle mass.

Women suffering from testosterone deficiency can benefit from choosing bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Since bio-identical hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones a womans body naturally produces, hormones can be properly used and naturally metabolized and excreted by the body.

When compared to traditional hormone replacement therapy, BHRT offers a much lower risk of side effects. BHRT is tailor made to meet each womans specific needs, ensuring that hormone levels are increased safely to prevent negative side effects.

Women who are aging or who have undergone a hysterectomy or oophorectomy are at risk for declining testosterone levels. Aging women who experience low libido, poor concentration, symptoms of menopause, or other symptoms related to low levels of testosterone can benefit from testosterone therapy.10 Choosing bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can benefit women by reducing the symptoms of menopause, preventing osteoporosis, protecting the heart, increasing lean muscle mass, and improving overall quality of life.11

For more information contact us at http://www.renewmetoday.com to take the hormone health test, and find out where your nearest office is.

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Applies to testosterone: buccal patch extended release

Along with its needed effects, testosterone may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking testosterone:

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur while taking testosterone:

Some side effects of testosterone may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Applies to testosterone: buccal film extended release, compounding powder, intramuscular solution, nasal gel, subcutaneous implant, transdermal cream, transdermal film extended release, transdermal gel, transdermal ointment, transdermal solution

The most frequently reported side effects with this drug are edema, acne, site pain, injection site erythema, cough or dyspnea during or immediately after injection.

The most frequently reported side effects with testosterone topical are skin reaction (16.1%) and allergic contact dermatitis (up to 37%).[Ref]

Very common (10% or more): Testosterone topical: Skin reaction (16.1%), burn-like blisters (12%), itching, allergic contact dermatitis (up to 37%)Common (1% to 10%): Acne, induration, burningUncommon (0.1% to 1%): Alopecia, erythema, rash (including rash popular), pruritus, dry skin, folliculitis (testosterone topical)Frequency not reported: Seborrhea, urticaria, male pattern baldness, hirsutism injection site inflammationPostmarketing reports: Angioedema, angioneurotic edema, hyperhidrosis, discolored hair, leukocytoclastic vasculitis[Ref]

Very common (10% or more): Accelerated growthCommon (1% to 10%): Increased estradiol, hypogonadismUncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased blood testosteroneFrequency not reported: Signs of virilization in women (e.g., hoarseness, acne, hirsutism, menstrual irregularity, clitoral enlargement, and alopecia), precocious puberty (in prepubertal males)Postmarketing reports: Hyperparathyroidism, prolactin increased, testosterone increased[Ref]

Very common (10% or more): Testosterone buccal film: Gingivitis (32.6%)Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, oily stools (due to IM injection oily solvent); Testosterone topical: Gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastrointestinal bleeding, gum or mouth irritation (9.2%), taste bitter, gum pain, gum tenderness, gum edema, taste perversionUncommon (0.1% to 1%): NauseaRare (less than 0.1%): Abdominal painFrequency not reported: Abdominal disorder, intraabdominal hemorrhagePostmarketing reports: Vomiting; Testosterone buccal film: Dry mouth, gingival swelling, lip swelling, mouth ulceration, stomatitis[Ref]

The majority of gum-related adverse events were transient.[Ref]

Very common (10% or more): Testosterone topical: Application site pruritus (up to 37%), application site blistering (12%)Common (1% to 10%): Injection site pain, injection site discomfort, injection site pruritus, erythema, injection site hematoma, injection site irritation, injection site inflammation; injection site reaction; Topical testosterone: Application site erythema, application site warmth, application site irritation, application site vesicles, application site exfoliation, application site burning, application site induration, bullae at application site, mechanical irritation at application site, rash at application site, contamination of application sitePostmarketing reports: Injection site abscess, procedural pain, application site swelling (topical testosterone)[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Hot flush, hypertensionUncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cardiovascular disorderFrequency not reported: Venous thromboembolismPostmarketing reports: Angina pectoris, cardiac arrest, cardiac failure, coronary artery disease, coronary artery occlusion, myocardial infarction, tachycardia, cerebral infarction, cerebrovascular accident, circulatory collapse, deep venous thrombosis, syncope, thromboembolism, thrombosis, venous insufficiency, stroke[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Abnormal prostate examination, benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), ejaculation disorder, prostatitisUncommon (0.1% to 1%): Prostate induration, prostatic disorder, testicular pain, decreased urine flow, urinary retention, urinary tract disorder, nocturia, dysuriaRare (less than 0.1%): Micturition disorders, epididymitis, bladder irritability, impotence, inhibition of testicular function and testicular atrophyFrequency not reported: Oligospermia, priapism, benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostatic growth to eugonadal state), excessive frequency and duration of erections; Pediatrics: Precocious sexual development, an increased frequency of erections, phallic enlargementPostmarketing reports: Prostate infection, calculus urinary, dysuria, hematuria, urinary tract disorder, pollakiuria[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Polycythemia, hematocrit increasedUncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased red blood cell count, increased hemoglobin, prolonged activated partial thromboplastin time, prolonged prothrombin timeFrequency not reported: Blood and lymphatic system disorders, suppression of clotting factors II, V, VII, and X, bleeding in patients on concomitant anticoagulant therapyPostmarketing reports: Thrombocytopenia, anemia[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Weight increased, appetite increased, fluid retention (sodium, chloride, water, potassium, calcium, and inorganic phosphates)Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased glycosylated hemoglobin, hypercholesterolemia, increased triglycerideFrequency not reported: Abnormal lipids (decrease in serum LDL, HDL, and triglycerides), metabolism and nutrition disorders, hypercalcemiaPostmarketing reports: Hypoglycemia, diabetes mellitus, fluid retention, hyperlipidemia, hypertriglyceridemia, blood glucose increased[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Back pain, hemarthrosis (testosterone topical)Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Arthralgia, pain in extremity, muscle spasm, muscle strain, myalgia, musculoskeletal stiffness, increased creatine phosphokinaseFrequency not reported: Pediatrics: Premature epiphyseal closure, increased bone formationPostmarketing reports: Musculoskeletal chest pain, musculoskeletal pain, myalgia, osteopenia, osteoporosis, systemic lupus erythematosus[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, vertigo (topical testosterone)Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Migraine, tremor, dizzinessFrequency not reported: Nervousness, paresthesiaPostmarketing reports: Cerebrovascular insufficiency, reversible ischemic neurological deficiency, transient ischemic attack, amnesia[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Prostatic specific antigen (PSA) increased, prostate cancerUncommon (0.1% to 1%): Prostatic intraepithelial neoplasiaRare (less than 0.1%): Neoplasms benign, malignant, and unspecified (including cysts and polyps)[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, hyperhidrosis; chills, body pain, smell disorderUncommon (0.1% to 1%): Breast induration, breast pain, sensitive nipples, gynecomastia, increased estradiol, increased testosterone, asthenia, night sweats Rare (less than 0.1%): Fever, malaiseFrequency not reported: EdemaPostmarketing reports: Sudden hearing loss, tinnitus, Influenza like illness[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Irritability, insomnia, mood swings, aggression,Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Depression, emotional disorder, restlessness, increased libido, decreased libidoFrequency not reported: Hostility, anxietyPostmarketing reports: Korsakoff’s psychosis nonalcoholic, male orgasmic disorder, restlessness, sleep disorder[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Sinusitis, nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitisUncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cough, dyspnea, snoring, dysphoniaRare (less than 0.1%): Pulmonary microembolism (POME) (cough, dyspnea, malaise, hyperhidrosis, chest pain, dizziness, paresthesia, or syncope) caused by oily solutionsFrequency not reported: Sleep apneaPostmarketing reports: Chest pain, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hyperventilation, obstructive airway disorder, pharyngeal edema, pharyngolaryngeal pain, pulmonary embolism, respiratory distress, rhinitis, sleep apnea syndrome[Ref]

Signs and symptoms of pulmonary microemboli may occur during or immediately after the injections and are reversible.[Ref]

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal LFT, increased ASTRare (less than 0.1%): Abnormal hepatic functionFrequency not reported: Jaundice, benign liver tumor, malignant liver tumor, liver enlargement, peliosis hepatitisPostmarketing reports: ALT increased, AST increased, bilirubin increased, transaminases increased, gamma-glutamyltransferase increased[Ref]

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity reactionsFrequency not reported: Anaphylactic reactionsPostmarketing reports: Anaphylactic shock[Ref]

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Testosterone topical: Lacrimation increasedPostmarketing reports: Testosterone topical: Intraocular pressure increased, vitreous detachment[Ref]

Postmarketing reports: Nephrolithiasis, renal colic, renal pain[Ref]

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Some side effects of testosterone may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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What is Testosterone?Testosterone is the hormone produced by the testicles. It is responsible for the proper development of male sexual characteristics. It helps promote the circulation of blood, and is responsible for the maintenance of muscle bulk. Without an adequate testosterone level there can be important psychological affects such as loss of libido, reduced brain and intellectual activity and mood changes.What causes the Andropause? As all men age there is a gradual decline in the level of testosterone. This natural decline starts after 30 and continues throughout life. By the age of 40, testosterone levels drop by 1% every year. Many men however can experience a lack of testosterone production sufficient to result in significant symptoms. This will apply to approximately 50% of men by age 55. Damaged testicles or disease will affect testosterone production as will long-term stress, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. In 60% of cases no cause can be identified and hereditary factors are implicated. Are there any health issues associated with the Andropause? Low levels of testosterone may result in an increase in tummy and chest fat, a decline in the amount of muscle in the body and decline in strength. Low levels can also lead to Brittle bones, (osteoporosis) which may lead to hip and spinal fractures. In addition the bone marrow is less active and produces less haemoglobin and red blood cells to transport oxygen around the body.

A consultation is required and blood tests will be necessary. The blood tests include an examination for prostate cancer, as this is a contraindication to testosterone treatment. Any suspicion of prostate cancer may require further investigations. The aim of therapy is to return the blood testosterone level in the bloodstream to the normal range for the man’s age. This is achieved by using bio-identical testosterone cream that is rubbed onto the skin daily.

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