Testosterone is a naturally occurring sex hormone produced within a man’s testicles. Although small amounts of testosterone are also produced by women within their ovaries and adrenal systems.
Both genders can be affected by imbalanced hormones. If a blood test shows your levels are far below the norm your doctor may suggest testosterone injections. This condition is extremely common and the treatment is called testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone is a steroid hormone that is responsible for more than just promoting a healthy sex drive. It can affect several other areas of your overall health and quality of life. Including your body fat, your muscle mass, your bone density, your red blood cell count, and even your mood.
Normal testosterone levels are between 300 and 1000 ng/dL. If you feel like your levels might be off it will take a blood test to be sure. If your levels are lower than this, it’s likely you’d benefit from testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone injection is used in boys as well as men to treat conditions such as delayed puberty, impotence, or other hormonal imbalances. However, testosterone injections are not for use in the natural decline that comes with age. Sometimes a type of testosterone (Testosterone enanthate) is used in women, usually to treat breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body and that cannot be treated with surgery.
Many people think testosterone will help to enhance athletic performance. This is a common misconception, and it will not and should not be used for that purpose. In fact, too much testosterone in the body can also cause a host of other issues especially heart problems.
Who needs a Testosterone Injection?
It’s common for men to start naturally losing some of their testosterone when they hit their 30s or 40s. A rapid decline in levels may indicate a problem. You might need testosterone injections if you are experiencing the following symptoms.
- Changes in sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased sperm count
- Depression or anxiety
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Changes in the size of the penis or testicles
- Swelling of the breast tissue
If you are suffering from any of these issues a simple blood test can reveal if testosterone therapy can be helpful for you. Call Elite Testing and Wellness today!
What are the benefits of testosterone injections?
The purpose of hormone replacement therapy is to help regulate hormone levels to address the problems related to low testosterone. Benefits of testosterone injections include:
- Increased sex drive
- Improved symptoms of ED
- More energy
- Improved mood
- Increased sperm count
- Increased muscle mass
- Increased bone density
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
That depends on your specific body chemistry, as well as the reason for the lack of testosterone. If your body is needing replacement therapy, testosterone has been depleted, and it takes time to build up reserves.
Although hormone replacement therapy is effective, it tends to be an ongoing process that continues long term. Unless you are helping your body to recover, (for instance if an autoimmune disease has delayed puberty) it is likely that without treatment your body’s testosterone levels will drop back down to below-normal levels.
Most men see improvements over three to six months, although improvement to libido can begin as early as 3 weeks after the initial treatment. Symptoms of depression can also dramatically lessen within just a few weeks of the initial treatment.
After you receive your injection you will be watched by a medical professional to ensure you do not have a reaction to the injection. Allergic reactions to the injection could result in hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips tongue face, or throat. If you feel lightheaded or short of breath directly after your injection you should let your practitioner know immediately.
Some other common side effects (for both men and women) can include:
- Increased blood pressure
- Breast swelling
- Increased facial or body hair growth
- Abnormal liver functions
- Pain bruising, bleeding, redness, or a hard lump where the injection took place
There are many areas of the body where testosterone can be injected. The injection site is typically in the gluteal muscles in the buttocks. However, sometimes they can be administered to the thigh muscles. The injection is placed under the skin and into a muscle. Typically these are administered every 2-4 weeks and should be administered by a healthcare professional like Elite Testing and Wellness.
Elite Testing is the best choice for testosterone injections. We provide a safe and comfortable facility. We offer online scheduling for optimal convenience. Elite Testing is known for practicing the highest safety standards ensuring you will always receive fast and professional service with the discretion you deserve. Our staff is well trained to answer and questions you have and will comfortably provide these services. Call us today or book online to set up your appointment.