As you age, hormones, including testosterone, decline, which can cause serious impacts on your health and wellbeing. Many times, fluctuations and drops in testosterone can lead an individual to begin exploring testosterone replacement therapy, how the treatment works, as well as its benefits.
At the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine in Appleton, Wisconsin, our team meets regularly with both men and women who are interested in learning more about testosterone replacement therapy and how it could help them regain their vitality and enable them to once again harness the vigor they had in their youth. It is our ultimate goal to help those we serve age gracefully and enjoy all life has to offer.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Explained
If you are considering testosterone replacement therapy, it is necessary to fully educate yourself on what it is and how it could help you. This treatment method offers a way of boosting testosterone levels in your body when you are unable to produce sufficient amounts of this hormone without assistance or when your levels decline due to age.
Now, while testosterone is the male sex hormone, know that both men and women have this hormone in varying levels in their body—therefore, the treatment can be pursued by both sexes. The ideal way to determine if this therapy is right for you is to meet with a doctor who is an expert in hormone replacement therapy.
Testosterone replacement therapy can be implemented through a number of delivery methods, including injection, creams applied topically, and hormone pellet therapy, where the hormone is placed under your skin with a small incision; you do not even need a suture.
For full details on testosterone replacement therapy, meet with a professional from the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine to learn about all your options.
Meet Testosterone Replacement Therapy Doctor, Dr. Page
Dr. Tracy Page, testosterone replacement therapy doctor and founder of the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine, is an anti-aging and functional medicine expert. Showcasing triple-board certifications, she is a diplomat on the Board of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Physicians and one of the only physicians in the Appleton, Wisconsin area to hold her advanced level of expertise and education.
Dr. Page is passionate about educating her patients on the tactics, strategies, and methodologies behind aging well—and she is eager to speak with you about bioidentical hormone replacement therapies that could help you feel and look younger.
Who is a Candidate for Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Men and women can both be candidates for testosterone replacement therapy, and in order to determine if this is the ideal treatment for you, it is necessary to speak with an expert in this field. However, here are some key determinations and symptoms you may be experiencing if your testosterone hormone levels are in decline.
- Problems with concentration
- Changes in mood
- Decreased vitality and energy
- Loss of muscle mass along with weight gain, especially in the belly
- Breast enlargement in men
- Problems with libido in men & women
- Challenges in getting and maintaining an erection
- Sleeplessness and fatigue
While some of these symptoms are typical as they relate to aging and could possibly be mitigated or managed through changes in lifestyle, diet, and exercise, they could also be due to hormone irregularities that need to be addressed through a partnership with a hormone replacement physician.
What are the Key Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
As you embark upon undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, you can expect to look forward to experiencing many key benefits, including:
- Increased energy levels
- Restoration of your sex drive and the ability to get and maintain an erection
- Reduction of body fat and improvement of muscle mass
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Increased bone density and strength
- Improved cognition, focus, and memory
- A renewed sense of wellbeing and fewer mood swings
- Lessened feelings of anxiety and depression
- Enhanced sleep patterns and less time getting to sleep and staying asleep
Additionally, testosterone replacement therapy can also potentially relieve disorders that are linked to osteoporosis and could possibly boost insulin sensitivity, which is helpful to individuals who suffer from diabetes or other pancreatic issues.
What Should I Expect from My Treatment?
There are several types of testosterone replacement therapy, and when you schedule a consultation with the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Medicine, we will perform a full hormone assessment, examine your lifestyle and diet, and conduct blood tests to check your hormone levels. We will also look for other conditions that could be impacting your testosterone levels, including your weight management practices. Weight issues can ultimately impact your body’s ability to produce testosterone, and it is our goal to truly understand what is happening with your body in order to treat your issues in the most effective way.
Other Things to Consider Before Getting Testosterone Replacement Therapy
In order to ensure testosterone replacement therapy is right for you, we encourage you to keep reading about other factors you should consider when contemplating this treatment modality.
Are There Any Alternatives to Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
As we noted previously, we place considerable emphasis on examining your diet and lifestyle practices as both of these can have a direct impact on your body’s testosterone production. Therefore, if weight is deemed a factor behind your low testosterone, it will be recommended that we first embark upon a weight loss program to see if we can find a solution through a lifestyle modification.
Are There Any Side Effects? Is It Safe?
Testosterone replacement therapy is safe, but it is important to note that it is not approved by the FDA as a first-line treatment for women and is prescribed for men with low levels. Additionally, there are some possible side effects of testosterone replacement therapy, including acne or oily skin, mild fluid retention, increased risk of blood clots, the potential to develop prostate abnormalities, decreased testicular size, and increased aggression and blood pressure. Testosterone replacement therapy can also produce irritability in women. It is important to consult with your doctor to understand all of the risks and potential side effects associated with this treatment.
How Long Until I See Results from my Treatment?
It is anticipated that you will begin experiencing results associated with your testosterone replacement therapy within a few weeks of commencing treatment. You should experience the full effects at 6 weeks and your testosterone treatment results can last for 3-5 months.
However, we are also big believers in “test do not guess,” which is why we will perform lab work at the five-week mark after your treatment begins. This allows us to check your bloodwork and hormone levels to assess whether the treatment is working or if adjustments are needed.
Are There Any Complementary Procedures I Should Consider as Well?
We typically recommend that patients who pursue testosterone replacement therapy also take a look at other forms of regenerative medicine, including stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, along with their hormone treatment. Additionally, our peptide program is quite popular amongst testosterone replacement therapy patients, as this program helps you improve your body from the inside out. Peptide programs can be customized to enhance brain health, metabolic efficiencies, hair restoration, sexual function, gut health, and much more.
Schedule a Consultation for Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Feeling ready to book your testosterone replacement therapy treatment? Contact the team at the Wisconsin Institute of Functional Health to learn more and secure an appointment. There is no reason to live anything other than your best life—and testosterone replacement therapy can make that a reality. Reach out today and take advantage of Dr. Page’s skill and personalized approach to testosterone replacement therapy in Appleton, Wisconsin.