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What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone made by the body and is reponsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for maintenance of other sexual characteristics. In men, testosterone is produced in the testes, the reproductive glands that also produce sperm. The amount of testosterone produced by the testes is regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. Some effects of testosterone my include:

  • Growth and maturation of prostate, and other male sex organs
  • Development of male hair distribution such as facial hair
  • Changes in body muscle mass and strength and fat distribution
  • Sex drive and sexual function
  • Mood and energy level
  • Bone strength

What are "Normal Levels" of Testosterone?

In healthy men, testosterone levels between 350 ng/dl and 1,000 ng/dl are referred to as normal. Normal physiology allows the brain and the testes to work together to keep testosterone in this range. The brain produces "signal" hormones that are responsible for stimulating testosterone production. These "signals" are periodically released, which in turn stimulates testosterone production. When levels of testosterone are in an acceptable range, the production of the "signal" hormones is slowed, which in turn allows the testosterone levels to decrease.

What is Low Testosterone treatment?

Low testosterone treatment is the practice of diagnosing a person with low levels of testosterone and treating them with injections, gels, patches, surgically implanted pellets or through oral applications. Optimal T Center uses injection therapy to treat low testosterone in eligible men.

What are the benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

Benefits of testosterone replacement therapy vary based upon the pre-therapy symptoms and other factors, but can include"

  • Increased energy
  • Decreased irritability and depression
  • Improved muscle mass and strength
  • Improved sexual desire
  • Improved visuouspatial cognitive function and verbal memory
  • Higher motivation
  • Decreased body fat (optimal results received through accompanimnet of diligent diet and excercise regimen)
  • Possible improvement in erectile function
  • Thicker skin

What are the advantages of testosterone injections versus other replacement methodes such as patches or gels?

The proper method of testosterone delivery for you is a matter for you and a medical professional to determine; however, many find that some gels tend to be messy and less convenient than other treatment modalities. In addition, there can be a risk of unintentional transmittal to children or others with whom you may have physical contact with the use of gels. Testosterone patches can create a significant rash at the site of application, or do not stick well, especially in the summer months. Experience has shown that gels and patches may require dosage adjustments to obtain medically appropriate blood concentrations and some patients may never absorb enough testosterone from gels or patches to improve symptoms. These modalities often have a higher conversion to less desirable hormones in the process of transfer through the skin. The medical professionals at Optimal T Center regularly employ intramuscular testosterone injections because of their clinical effectiveness and convenience.

How long do appointments take?

The Optimal T Center process offers a quick and easy way to diagnose and treat low testosterone. Your testosterone levels will be tested during your initial visit with a blood draw that will be sent to a lab. Your initial visit will be 30-40 mins. If your test indicates your testosterone levels are below clinically acceptable, the medical professionals at Optimal T Center will discuss your individual treatment options. You will then return every 7-10 days to receive your testosterone injection. Each subsequent visit takes about 5-10 minutes

What is the cost of testosterone replacement therapy at Optimal T Center?

Most health insurance is accepted, in which case you are responsible for any applicable deductibles or co-pays under the terms of your health insurance policy. Learn more about the cost of low testosterone treatment, including information about our self-pay option.


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