Testosterone is a hormone produced by the male testes, one of many glands that are found in the endocrine system.
In cases where a man is diagnosed with lower than normal levels, a testosterone prescription may be part of recommended testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
A gland is defined as an organ that secretes. The testes produce and secrete testosterone, which generally promote and maintain secondary sex characteristics in males.
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However, levels in the body constantly fluctuate and can vary by age as well as circumstances, even the time of day.
Just because you may be a tad low doesn’t mean a doctor will write you a testosterone prescription.
Hormone levels fluctuate during life.
Hormone levels are generally high during adolescence, during normal growth and development of secondary male characteristics such as deeper voice, body hair, growth in stature and musculature, as well as libido.
When it comes to signs and symptoms of any condition, be aware that a sign is something that can be visually observed or indicated through a laboratory test, while symptoms are verbally related by patients in regard to their feelings or complaints.
Common signs and symptoms in men often present with:
Again, be aware that even if levels of testosterone in your body are low doesn’t mean that your doctor will automatically write you a prescription.
He or she will determine the need for enhanced testosterone depending on your age, your health status, and your reasons for wanting to increase these levels.
Prescriptions for testosterone are generally not provided by physicians for enhancement of athletic performance, but for benefits in physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness in men.
In order to get a prescription legally, you’ll have to schedule a visit to your doctor.
It is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance due to the potential for abuse and misuse.
Therapy and prescription options provide a number of methods when it comes to therapy. Injections, pellets, transdermal patches, lotions, and creams are just some of the common forms of a prescription that a doctor may order.
A complete physical examination will be warranted prior to expecting a testosterone prescription. Your doctor will also draw blood to test for hormone levels in your blood.
Your doctor will also assess your general health and wellness, as low hormone levels may not only be caused by aging, but by injury, surgery, contributing health factors or disease processes, as well as environmental factors such as stress.
Men (and women) are strongly urged not to self-diagnose and self-prescribe when it comes to steroids.
It is a very powerful hormone and its levels must be carefully balanced in the body. That’s because all the hormones in the endocrine system are carefully maintained for organ function and activity.
If one hormone is too high or too low, it may also affect the activities and functions not only of other hormones in the body, but organs and entire systems.
While TRT options may provide benefits to men depending on case-by-case scenarios, there are drawbacks to treatments and therapies.
Some of the most common drawbacks or side effects of use, especially when levels are relatively close to “normal” include:
Also be aware that the steroid in any form or dosage can affect men in different ways. Other body systems may react to the drug including the cardiovascular, genitourinary, metabolic, and musculoskeletal systems.
For example, side effects of the drug in regard to the metabolic system may produce issues such as an increased appetite and increase in weight as well as fluid retention.
The musculoskeletal system may react with muscle spasms, stiffness, or pain.
Many men believe that it increases libido, which is generally true, but some men may experience adverse reactions including difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection, ejaculation disorders, or an enlarged prostate.
Talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and drawbacks of a testosterone prescription.
Not everyone will react the same way to therapy, and sometimes, the side effects can outweigh the benefits.