Andropause is a condition that can affect men who have a reduced level of the male hormone testosterone as they age. Andropause symptoms occur gradually and affect approximately one-third of the male population. Testosterone therapy (BHRT) is a treatment that helps to alleviate the symptoms of andropause through the use of testosterone injections and therefore can help to prevent a number of health conditions associated with low testosterone.
What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a male hormone that is mainly produced in the testicles. Testosterone levels are at their highest during adolescence and when a male is in their twenties and then typically declines at around 1 percent a year from approximately age 30.
What Is The Purpose Of Testosterone?
Testosterone is responsible for the regulation and maintenance of:
- Bone density
- Fat distribution
- Muscle strength and mass
- Facial and body hair
- Red blood cell production
- Sex drive
- Sperm production
What Are Testosterone Injections?
Testosterone is administered as an injection with the aim to add on to the existing levels of testosterone for men which can help to alleviate many of the symptoms of andropause.
What Are The Benefits?
1. Increased Sex Drive
Androgen receptors which are located in the brain are responsible for triggering sexual desire. A sufficient amount of testosterone is required to activate these receptors, and by administering testosterone injections, sexual desire is increased.
Testosterone therapy can also stimulate the receptors in the penis to encourage the trapping of blood which could also prolong an erection.
2. Improved Ability To Build Muscle
Testosterone is needed to stimulate the androgen receptors in the muscles and with elevated levels of testosterone, the process of building muscle becomes easier. It is not a miracle cure, but testosterone injections will improve the levels of this male hormone, and when paired with regular strength training, your efforts to gain muscle will reflect in your results.
3. Improved Ability To Lose Body Fat
While testosterone does not directly promote fat loss, an increase in muscle tissue will help to increase the basal metabolic rate (BMR) which positively influences the number of calories burned.
4. Increased Energy Levels
Fatigue is a very common symptom of andropause, and although it isn’t exactly known why, testosterone therapy can improve energy levels. It is supposedly thought that androgen receptors with insufficient amounts of testosterone can become fatigued, and by adding to these levels, energy levels are given the opportunity to normalize.
Find Relief for Your Symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms of andropause, testosterone therapy might be a viable option for you. If you believe you could be a candidate, or simply want more information about the process, book a consultation with a trained medical professional. SDBody is San Diego’s Premier Hormone Specialist Doctors and has treated many patients with BHRT symptoms. Contact us today to book in a consolation with one of our specialist doctors.