Before going for any therapy, the individual must know what actually testosterone is? What are its impacts on the body? What happens if the level of testosterone lowers down in the body? The answer to these basic questions will give you a clear picture of your currents situation- you actually need the testosterone treatment or not!
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a sex hormone which controls the development of male’s physical features. It regulates the man’s sex drive, mood, bone density, muscle mass and erections as well. Its major function is to produce sperm. Hence, it also controls the rate of fertility.
In simple terms, this hormone is basically responsible for distinguishing men from women. It is responsible for men’s deep voices, large muscles and facial and body hair.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
A condition in which the production of testosterone drops in the blood is known as ‘Hypogonadism’, or ‘Low-T’. Men going through lower production of testosterone face many problems. Some of them are enlisted below:
- Less energy
- Lower muscle density
- Less muscle mass
- Anemia- iron deficiency
- Reduced sex drive
- Weaker erections
Things you should know about before having Testosterone Therapy
This therapy is primarily designed for those individuals who have low levels of testosterone in their body. So, one should not directly go for this therapy, even before diagnosing the actual level of this hormone in their blood. One such method to check the level of progesterone is to have a blood test. Once you have confirmed that you have low levels of this hormone in your blood, only then consider this option.
Before you decide to have testosterone therapy you should be fully aware of its advantages as well as disadvantages. Although these effects are still not fully confirmed, but many researchers are working hard on it.
There are many mixed views regarding the effect of testosterone therapy on the heart health. Some claim that it increases blood clotting, which might increase the risk of heart attack. On the contrary, others say that this therapy actually lowers down the risk of heart diseases. However, the researchers are working on gathering more reliable data. Till then its effect on heart health remains a mystery!
There are many possible side effects of testosterone therapy. It causes the breasts to swell, causes massive production of red blood cells, lowers down the sperm count, results in reducing the size of testicles and causes various skin problems. Therefore, you must keep all these side- effects in mind before going for testosterone therapy.
It is a common perception that increasing the level of testosterone can actually help in improving one’s performance. However, the testosterone therapy should not be taken without the advice of any specialist doctor, or without blood tests for progesterone levels. You should be fully aware of the expected benefits and risks associated with this therapy before you go for it. You must know the pros and the cons before using testosterone, so you keep yourself on the safe line.