Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Most people associate testosterone with masculinity and a man’s sex drive. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, but its benefits go beyond the role it plays in libido. Energy level, strength, and mood are all influenced by a man’s (or a woman’s) testosterone levels. Individuals considering testosterone replacement therapy travel from Lafayette, New Orleans, and Shreveport, LA, to our clinics in Baton Rouge and Metairie for personalized treatment. Even those from Jackson and Hattiesburg, MS, have made the drive to our clinics for customized care.

What Is Testosterone Therapy?

Men considering testosterone therapy at Rejuvime Medical may have one or multiple concerns that they want to address. Women who get hormone replacement therapy may also be candidates for testosterone therapy. Increasing testosterone levels under medical supervision can help patients:

  • Maintain reproductive tissues*
  • Stimulate sperm production*
  • Stimulate and maintain sexual function*
  • Increase muscle mass and strength*
  • Maintain bone strength*
  • Decrease the risk of disease and death*

Testosterone is much more than its reputation would suggest. Men and women need the proper amount of testosterone to develop and function normally.

How Much Does Testosterone Replacement Therapy Cost?

The overall cost of your personalized treatment varies depending on your specific needs. However, we offer affordable subscription plans to defray upfront costs and provide additional savings. The average HRT plan at Rejuvime costs $150 per month and includes medications, provider consults, all lab work, other expenses, and more. Read more about the cost of hormone replacement therapy at Rejuvime in our related blog post, How Much Does HRT Cost?

What Is Testosterone?

Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in males and plays a number of important roles, such as:

  • The development of the penis and testes
  • The deepening of the voice during puberty
  • The appearance of facial and pubic hair starting at puberty; later in life, it may play a role in balding
  • Muscle size and strength
  • Bone growth and strength
  • Sex drive (libido)
  • Sperm production

Testosterone production tends to fall with age during andropause. These dwindling levels of testosterone lead to a testosterone deficiency in up to 40% of men.

Why Does Testosterone Decline?

As a 2008 study of testosterone and aging pointed out, “The symptoms of aging include tiredness, lack of energy, reduced strength, frailty, loss of libido, decreased sexual performance, depression and mood change. Men with hypogonadism [a condition where the body doesn’t produce enough testosterone] experience similar symptoms. This raises the question of whether some symptoms of aging could be due to relative androgen deficiency.”

Supplementing with bioidentical testosterone is a way to replace testosterone lost due to falling production. This can benefit the body by reversing the symptoms mentioned above. Restoring testosterone to optimum levels can decrease fatigue, increase energy and strength, enhance libido and sexual performance, and contribute to mood stability.**

Customized Testosterone Replacement Therapy

We have several options for helping our patients with their testosterone at Rejuvime Medical.

  • Testosterone supplements*
  • Gonadorelin—This medication mimics the body’s natural production of testosterone by stimulating LH*
  • Anastrozole—This drug (also known by the brand name Arimidex) helps block the conversion of testosterone into estrogen.*

It’s interesting that testosterone (and estrogen, for that matter) is technically a steroid hormone. Even more interestingly, it is synthesized from cholesterol, which is also a steroid. Many Americans view both cholesterol and steroids with a skeptical eye as if they were dangerous substances. However, biologically, steroids are simply microscopic molecules with a specific structure made of 4 fused rings and various side chains. And cholesterol is a crucial molecule to human and animal cells, which only becomes a problem when too much accumulates in the blood and leads to clogged arteries.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Testosterone Therapy?

The first steps we take at Rejuvime Medical to determine if you can benefit from testosterone therapy are to discuss your concerns during a consultation and run a blood analysis. This comprehensive blood panel enables us to determine your baseline, what you need to supplement, and how much you need to take.

Blood test results are usually available within a week of your appointment.

Can Women Benefit From Testosterone Therapy?

Both men and women have naturally occurring testosterone in their bodies, though women have only a fraction of what men have. It’s essential to have the right dose of testosterone for your unique needs, which requires a consultation.

What You Should Know

This list reflects some important information to know to prepare for appointments at Rejuvime Medical:

  • If currently on treatment, blood draws must be scheduled on your injection date for the most accurate results.
  • When doing a full blood panel, you are recommended to start fasting 8 hours before your blood is drawn.
  • Do NOT inject testosterone or apply the cream directly prior to a blood draw.
  • Please hydrate!

What To Expect After Starting Testosterone Replacement Therapy

You should begin to see improvements in your symptoms within weeks. Although injections tend to work more quickly than other delivery methods such as pellets or patches, the information below gives you a general idea of what to expect after testosterone replacement therapy begins.

1 Week

Insulin sensitivity improves.

3 Weeks

Interest in sex returns, quality of life increases, inflammation declines, and mood begins to improve.

1 Month

Sexual performance and satisfaction start to increase but may take up to 6 months.

3 Months

Fat mass begins to decrease, and lean muscle mass increases. Total cholesterol decreases, with maximum improvement achieved at about 12 months.

12 Months

Glycemic control and lumbar bone density increase. Bone mass can continue to improve for up to 3 years.

Along with these benefits, you may also experience some side effects from testosterone replacement therapy. Some of the possible side effects include:

  • Low sperm count
  • Increased risk of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke
  • Testicular shrinkage
  • Breast size increase
  • Acne
  • Fluid retention

It’s important to talk with your hormone specialist and carefully weigh these potential risks and benefits before beginning treatment.

Do you have more questions about testosterone replacement therapy? Visit our FAQ page.

Our team of medical specialists, including Dr. Jonathan Weiler, certified medical assistants, and nurses, are ready to create a testosterone replacement therapy plan for you. Men from New Orleans and throughout Louisiana travel to one of our 3 locations for Rejuvime Medical’s expertise. Request a consultation using the online form or call us at (225) 960-1580 to schedule an appointment.