Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to low testosterone and available options, the frequently asked questions include:

A hormone that is produced especially by the testes or made synthetically, and that is responsible for inducing and maintaining male secondary sex character.

Testosterone helps maintain men’s:

  • Bone density
  • Fat distribution
  • Muscle strength and mass
  • Facial and body hair
  • Red blood cell production
  • Sex drive Sperm production

“Normal” is not set in stone, but for men a range of 270-1070 ng/dL (9-38 nmol/L) is the “normal level” of testosterone. The range can vary by test, by lab, and has other deciding factors. Your doctor can better explain the range of “normal levels” of testosterone.

Hypogonadism is low testosterone, also referred to as low-T.

A man’s testosterone levels naturally decrease with age. Approximately 4 out of 10 men over the age of 30 have low testosterone.

Testosterone replacement therapy goes beyond increasing energy and sex drive, it could also help:

  • Reduce fact and increase muscle
  • Improve your concentration
  • Maintain sleep and feel more rested Increase strength and athletic performance
  • Improve mood
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Improve erectile function
  • Heighten your motivation
  • Increase your sense of well-being

Most common side effects include:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Irritation at the site where the testosterone is applied

There is increased risk of heart attack or stroke associated with testosterone use. The benefits and risks of long-term testosterone therapy are unknown, because large clinical trials have not been done.

There are a few health conditions that experts believe testosterone therapy can worsen:

  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Blood clots
  • Congestive heart failure