Low Testosterone Frequently Asked Questions
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a sex hormone that plays important roles in the body. In men, it's thought to regulate sex drive (libido), bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm. A majority of testosterone is produced in the testes, with a small amount produced in the adrenal glands.
What are “normal levels” of testosterone?
For men, normal levels of total testosterone fall between 300 and 1000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl).
Why is testosterone replacement necessary?
Testosterone has many health benefits including the ability to regulate sex drive (libido), bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm. It is important to feel your best.
What does T4MEN do?
T4MEN is a new medical clinic in Cedar Park aimed at creating a friendly, well-organized environment for the diagnosis and treatment of low testosterone in men.
Where are you located?
Centrally located on Whitestone Blvd. in Cedar Park right in front of Academy, making it easy to locate.
Does insurance cover testosterone replacement?
Most health insurance is accepted, in which case you are responsible for any applicable deductibles or co-pays under the terms of your health insurance policy
What is hypogonadism?
Hypogonadism is the medical term used to describe low testosterone in men. There are two causes of hypogonadism. . Low testosterone can also occur when there is a defect in your testes and they can’t make levels of testosterone in the normal range. This is known as primary hypogonadism. There could be a signaling problem between your brain and testes that is causing the production of testosterone to drop too low. So if the brain feels that there is too much testosterone in the body, it can signal the testes to cut production, this is known as secondary hypogonadism
How do you determine testosterone levels?
During your initial visit one of our professionally trained medical personnel will take a sample of your blood to determine your testosterone level. Blood samples are run during your initial visit in our on-site laboratory.
What are the benefits of testosterone replacement?
Testosterone has many health benefits including the ability to regulate sex drive (libido), bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and the production of red blood cells and sperm.
Are there side effects to hormone replacement?
Some patients could experience one or more of the following side effects:
Testosterone therapy down regulates production of a man’s sperm. Ensure you are upfront with your desire for children with your medical provider, and be sure to discuss the situation with your spouse/partner if appropriate.
Increase in red blood cells
This can be beneficial if you have anemia. However, it can be potentially dangerous, since an increase in red blood cells can lead to blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
If you have an enlarged prostate, testosterone may worsen your symptoms, particularly if you are more than 50 years of age. If you have a history of prostate cancer, you cannot receive testosterone therapy without prior clearance from the urologist who is overseeing your care.
Acne, oily skin, increased body hair and flushing have been reported. These side effects are not very common, but when/if they occur, often are transient.
This is a condition that disrupts breathing during sleep, and if already present, may be worsened by the use of testosterone therapy. If you snore or suspect you may have sleep apnea, be sure to talk to your medical provider about the situation. Considering a sleep study for further evaluation may be appropriate prior to starting therapy.
Although uncommon, you must use caution if you have a history of heart failure or kidney disease.
What are the cost of testosterone replacement?
Cost vary depending on your insurance carrier.
How long does it take to feel benefits of testosterone replacement?
Although many people see an improvement in energy after their first injection, it takes several months to see the full benefits of testosterone injection therapy.
How long are appointments at T4MEN?
Our goal at T4MEN is to offer you the very best care in an expeditious manner in fact most of our clients are in and out in under 20 minutes.
Are there medical conditions that would prevent me from testosterone replacement?
Testosterone replacement therapy is not recommended and/or is prohibited for patients with:
Breast or prostate cancer
A palpable prostate nodule
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea
Uncontrolled severe heart failure
Severe lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy
Unstable severe congestive heart failure (class III or IV)
What are the advantages of testosterone injections versus other forms of testosterone replacement?
Many men like to use testosterone gels and patches. Gels tend to be messy and less convenient than other treatment modalities. In addition, there can be a risk of unintentional transmittal to children or others with whom you may have physical contact with the use of gels. Testosterone patches can create a significant rash at the site of application, or do not stick well, especially in the summer months. At T4MEN, we regularly employ intramuscular testosterone injections because of their clinical effectiveness and convenience. You’re a man don’t be scared of a little needle!