Testosterone replacement therapy - Rejuvenate Health Center

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) involves restoring testosterone levels in men back to normal physiological ranges using exogenous testosterone administration. When appropriately prescribed and monitored, TRT can produce transformative benefits for men suffering from low testosterone. This comprehensive guide by Rejuvenate Health Center will provide you with key information about testosterone deficiency, the options available for testosterone replacement, and how our experienced hormone therapy specialists can help you recover your vitality.

What Causes Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism)?

Testosterone production is regulated by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain, which signal the testes to produce testosterone. When this hormonal cascade is disrupted, testosterone levels decline. There are several potential causes:

Managing these underlying causes, where possible, may help restore normal testosterone levels. When the root cause cannot be addressed, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is often medically warranted.

Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Low testosterone causes a wide range of symptoms that negatively impact quality of life. According to the American Urological Association (AUA), the most common symptoms are:

Not all men with low testosterone experience every symptom. In some cases, the symptoms develop gradually over years making them difficult to recognize. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of the hallmark symptoms of low T. Blood testing is required to confirm the diagnosis.

Check your low testosterone symptoms with Rejuvenate Health Center today.

Diagnosing Low Testosterone

According to the Endocrine Society, a diagnosis of hypogonadism requires both symptoms and confirmatory lab testing.

Lab testing for low testosterone involves measurement of:

Ideally, blood samples should be taken in the early morning when testosterone levels peak. Samples taken later in the day may yield falsely low results.

Testosterone levels are considered low if:

Measurement Low Range
Total testosterone Below 300 ng/dL
Free testosterone Below 5-9 pg/mL

Men with testosterone levels close to the lower limits of the normal range may also have hypogonadal symptoms that improve with TRT. Your physician will determine if you are a candidate based on your symptoms and test results.

Health Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

For men suffering from hypogonadism, testosterone replacement therapy aims to restore testosterone levels back to a healthy, youthful range. When delivered properly and monitored, TRT provides the following physical and mental health benefits according to research:

In summary, testosterone replacement can profoundly improve men's vitality, health, and quality of life. Let's now review the treatment options available.

Testosterone Delivery Methods

There are several methods available for effectively delivering supplemental testosterone:

Method Advantages Disadvantages
Testosterone Injections Delivers stable levels; Low cost Frequent injections; Potential pain
Testosterone Gels Easy to use; Convenient Can transfer; Variable results
Testosterone Patches Easy to use; Pre-measured dosing Can irritate skin; May fall off
Testosterone Pellets Steady release; No daily dosing Minor surgery; Rare complications
Buccal Patches Easy to use; Flexible dosing Can irritate gums; Taste disliked
Nasal Gels Convenient; Flexible dosing Can irritate; Careful dosing needed

How to Start Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Starting testosterone replacement therapy is a straightforward process but requires medical supervision. Here is an overview of how Rejuvenate Health Center physicians initiate TRT for patients:

1. Diagnostic evaluation - Your physician will review your symptoms, medical history, and baseline bloodwork to confirm low testosterone and rule out any contraindications.

2. Shared decision making - Your doctor will have an in-depth discussion with you about the potential benefits and risks of TRT for your individual health profile and goals. If you are a candidate and interested in TRT, you will decide together which delivery method is preferred based on your lifestyle and preferences.

3. Treatment plan - Your physician will determine an appropriate starting testosterone dose and schedule based on your bloodwork, goals, and chosen delivery method. Follow-up lab testing and monitoring will be scheduled.

4. Ongoing support - Your Rejuvenate Health Center provider will closely monitor your treatment progress, adjust dosing as needed, and provide ongoing medical and lifestyle support. We will partner with you throughout your TRT journey.

5. Lifestyle recommendations - We provide tips on diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, and other lifestyle factors to help you achieve maximum benefits from testosterone therapy. Optimization of health habits amplifies the impact of TRT.

Your Partner for Successful Testosterone Replacement

Rejuvenate Health Center is a leading national provider of testosterone replacement therapy for men. When you choose Rejuvenate Health Center, you get:

Rejuvenate Health Center proudly serves patients in all 50 states. We accept most major insurance plans. Cash pay options are also available.

Frequently Asked Questions about Testosterone Therapy

Who is a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy?

Testosterone therapy may benefit men with clinically low testosterone levels accompanied by symptoms of hypogonadism. You should have two prior low testosterone blood tests. TRT is not a treatment for normal aging.

What are the risks or side effects of TRT?

When properly dosed and monitored, testosterone therapy is generally quite safe for most men. Potential side effects may include acne, sleep apnea worsening, breast enlargement and/or prostate enlargement. Rejuvenate Health Center doctors monitor you closely to minimize risks.

Can testosterone therapy worsen prostate cancer risk?

There is no conclusive evidence showing TRT causes prostate cancer or worsens it in men who already have it. Your doctor will screen you prior to starting TRT. If you have or are at high risk for prostate cancer, TRT may not be appropriate. TRT does not increase prostate cancer risk when used appropriately under a doctor's care.

How long does it take for TRT to work?

You may start experiencing beneficial effects of testosterone therapy within 3-4 weeks. Maximal benefits are usually achieved after 3-6 months of treatment when testosterone levels stabilize in your target range. Adequate time and dosing adjustments are needed to optimize results.

Is testosterone therapy lifelong or short-term?

For most men with chronic hypogonadism, TRT will be a lifelong treatment just as thyroid medication is for hypothyroidism. However, the goal is to use the minimum effective testosterone dose for your optimal functioning. Your Rejuvenate Health Center doctor will determine what's right for you.

Can I just take a testosterone booster instead?

Over-the-counter testosterone supplements are not regulated and there is no evidence they effectively raise testosterone. For low T treatment, real bioidentical testosterone prescribed by a doctor is necessary to restore levels. Let us know if you have any other questions!

Mark's Story: My Life Changed with TRT at Rejuvenate Health Center

"By age 50, I felt miserable and lifeless. I had no energy. I was depressed and irritable. My body was falling apart no matter how hard I exercised. My doctor tested my testosterone level and it was incredibly low. After starting treatment with the fantastic doctors at Rejuvenate Health Center, I feel like myself again - finally! The mental fog has lifted. My mood is positive and optimistic. I have motivation again. I'm back in the gym and adding muscle. My wife and I have rekindled our intimacy. I'm not sure how I'll ever be able to repay the gift of vitality and health Rejuvenate Health Center has given back to me. I tell all my friends they've got to get their T levels checked!"


Testosterone replacement therapy can be a game-changer for men suffering from the debilitating symptoms of low testosterone. When prescribed and monitored by experienced hormone specialists like those at Rejuvenate Health Center, TRT is a safe and effective treatment that can restore vitality, health, and quality of life.

If you are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, we encourage you to get your levels tested and explore your treatment options. The knowledgeable physicians at Rejuvenate Health Center are here to guide you every step of the way on your journey to optimal health and wellbeing. Don't wait any longer to feel like your best self again. Contact Rejuvenate Health Center today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a brighter, more vibrant future.

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