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Side Effects of Testosterone

What side effects are at risk with Testosterone Therapy

As with any medical treatment side effects are generally a possibility. But, going to the right medical professional is the difference on experiencing them or not. At Mantality Health, we monitor your treatment with licensed physicians so that we can minimize the possibility of experiencing symptoms by keeping your testosterone levels in the optimal range. This helps reduce the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy.

Testosterone Therapy Side Effects

With any medical practice and procedure comes both benefits and risks. We must weigh those potential risks or side effects of testosterone replacement therapy against the benefits of TRT. Just like any other treatment or procedure in the medical world, side effects are always related to how the treatment is administered and how well it is monitored by certified professionals.

Testosterone has always had the association with bodybuilding and gym related activities which are normally administered under unsupervised circumstances at abnormally high levels. This produces extreme side effects and sometimes even life threatening circumstances, this is where a licensed medical professional comes in to play. If you begin treatment of testosterone (TRT) and it becomes mismanaged or done while not being monitored, you will generally have a higher rate of negative side effects as well as a lack of beneficial results.

To address these, we must understand the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy while also paying close attention to the treatment method when experiencing Low T.

Because testosterone is a male sex hormone called an androgen, it can trigger acne by over-stimulating oil glands. 

Additionally, testosterone can temporarily change skin cells which line hair follicles making them more likely to clog.

Because your body is so used to lower testosterone levels, introducing higher levels, even within the normal range, will cause your body to convert some testosterone into estrogen. Because of rise in estrogen, your body can begin to swell or enlarge breast tissue.

When treated properly using an estrogen blocker, this side effect is non-existent.

When your body is introduced to testosterone, it begins to produce more red blood cells in the bone marrow. This is a system triggered by higher testosterone levels. More red blood cells will cause your blood to thicken increasing the risk for stroke.

Proper testosterone replacement should at the very least include a conversation about therapeutic phlebotomies to reduce blood thickness.

Stemming from the previous side effect, because your body is producing more red blood cells causing your blood to be thicker, your heart begins to pump harder. If you are staying consistent on your treatment plan, this is avoidable.

Proper testosterone replacement should at the very least include a conversation about therapeutic phlebotomies to reduce blood thickness.

Testosterone is a male-based sex hormone that can feed your prostate. If you do have any sort of elevated PSA level, testosterone can increase, or feed that level.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy does NOT cause prostate problems.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy increases testosterone levels which affects the part of the brain (the hypothalamus and pituitary gland) which produces a chemical called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). GnRH speaks with the pituitary gland to tell it to produce two other hormones: luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH tells your testicles to produce sperm cells while FH triggers the production of testosterone. This is where the natural problem of Low T occurs. If this cycle fails, your body quits producing testosterone and your begin experiencing fatigue, stubborn fat, trouble losing weight, decreased sex drive and more. During Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) you may experience fertility issues because your body sees testosterone present. 

Side effects can be a deterrent for some that are interested in testosterone replacement therapy. But if you are attending a respectable office, they will keep your levels in a safe and normal range relative to the Endocrine Society guidelines.

Side effects are generally only present when levels are taken to extremes causing your body to over-react.

Why do side effects happen during testosterone replacement therapy?

Your body has a natural state, and when we introduce “exogenous testosterone” or testosterone that is not produced naturally in the body, it tends to respond to that. But, pharmaceutical testosterone is a bio-identical testosterone that your body recognizes and uses just as it would naturally occurring testosterone. At Mantality, we use pharmaceutical grade testosterone that is bio-identical to the body, and side effects occur only in the when you have elevated testosterone levels. While there are some side effects that are just the body’s natural response to metabolizing testosterone.

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