Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone is a critical hormone that controls everything from sexual function to muscle and bone mass in men. As you age, testosterone levels gradually decrease, but for some men, conditions may cause your testosterone to drop to levels that have a severe impact on your quality of life; increased belly fat, depression, severely decreased sex drive lack of motivation and myriad other symptoms may manifest as a result of low circulating testosterone. To combat this, Men’s Health Chicago offers testosterone replacement therapy to those who qualify after testing and evaluation. To find out whether you’re a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy, call one of the four offices in Chicago, Barrington, Schaumburg, or Naperville, Illinois, or book an appointment online.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy Q & A

First, we need to make sure it’s really low-T!

Because in the past we have seen many men who were initiated on testosterone replacement by a provider who didn’t understand male hormones and testosterone replacement therapy should ONLY be utilized on patients who suffer from hypogonadism (Low-T).  

That being said, you may be surprised to find that many times those symptoms men suffer are often associated with hypogonadism (low-T). Many conditions mimic the symptoms of low-testosterone so it is imperative that the patient is evaluated by a practitioner who has significant experience with diagnosing hypogonadism (Low-T).   

Causes for Low-Testosterone can range from the straight forward like repeated sports related testicular trauma earlier in life, to something as complex as tumors or endocrine disorders; which is why it is important to be evaluated by qualified provider with vast experience in men’s health and low-testosterone.

Why does testosterone need to be replaced?

Hormones -- chemical messengers that coordinate vital processes -- control most of your body's functions, such as:

  • Growth
  • Fertility
  • Brain function

Throughout your life, your hormone levels increase and decrease naturally, depending on the needs of your body at any given time. Testosterone, which is the primary male sex hormone, is responsible for your sexual health, and much more, including:

  • Muscle and bone mass
  • Hair growth
  • Fat distribution
  • Production of red cells

Male hypogonadism (Low-T)-- the failure of the testes to produce androgen, sperm, or both -- creates a condition that leads to low testosterone levels. These lowered levels can cause several problems, including:

  • Low energy
  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Loss of muscle and bone mass
  • Mental fogginess
  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Grumpy moods or easily agitated (yes ladies that’s correct, maybe he is grumpy for a medical reason)

If your are experiencing ANY of these symptoms, it’s time to get evaluated!  There is no reason to continually suffering in silence.   If your symptoms are truly caused by Low-T, the great news is that most men respond very well to replacement therapy.  Don’t wait until feeling bad becomes “normal”!

What is testosterone replacement therapy and is it really necessary?

Testosterone replacement is commonly misunderstood and mistakenly thought of as an elective procedure by those who do not understand endocrinology or the significance of symptoms caused by the condition.   A Low circulating level of testosterone is a serious and major health concern.   

According to the Mayo Clinic publication in July of 2016 © “TD (testosterone deficiency or hypogonadism) is a well-established, significant medical condition that negatively affects male sexuality, reproduction, general health, and quality of life”.  

Hypogonadism is not a “foo foo” or insignificant condition and studies have linked low-T to increase in heart disease, diabetes, increased visceral fat, and depression.

If the practitioners  at Men’s Health Chicago determine that you have male hypogonadism, they will evaluate your options for treatment.  The Gold Standard is testosterone replacement therapy for patients who do not have contraindications (other conditions preventing replacement).

This therapy replaces your testosterone to restore your testosterone to normal levels. Testosterone replacement therapy provides what nature is no longer able, and reverses the effects that low testosterone has on your physical and mental well-being.

Testosterone replacement therapy is not for everyone. Often, a gradual decline in testosterone levels is a natural part of aging, and shouldn’t be manipulated or halted in the absence of symptomatology. However, if the drop occurs in younger of middle aged men, is sudden or dramatic and affects your health considerably, you may have hypogonadism,  and this therapy offers an effective solution to a condition that can have a serious and negative impact on your health and wellness.  

Are there risks associated with testosterone replacement therapy?

As with any medical treatment, Testosterone replacement therapy does come with a few risks, and a qualified provider will address the potential side effects as well as the risks vs benefits with you so that you may make an informed decision on therapy.  

The health care providers at Men’s Health Chicago ensure that you understand the treatment and its potential side effects before going forward. To learn more, call Men’s Health Chicago or book an appointment online.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Men's Health Chicago, we accept most major insurance plans and sel pay. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Aetna
Anthem
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
PHCS
UnitedHealthcare
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