Testosterone injections have become a popular cure-all treatment lately, due to its affordable cost, wide availability, and general effectiveness. However doctors must be consulted to determine if you really need them, and to see to it that you receive the right amount and at the right frequency.
What Exactly is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a natural hormone produced by the body. In men, it is produced mostly in the testicles, which is partly the reason why most people regard it as a “male” hormone. It is a vitally important hormone, so much so that if you start producing less than the normal amount, your doctor may recommend supplemental testosterone to compensate for the deficiency.
What Does Testosterone Do?
It affects many aspects of a man’s health, including:
• The amount and quality of sperm you produce, as well as the level of your libido (sex drive).
• The mass and strength of your muscles, as well as the distribution of fat throughout your system.
• Bone density.
• Production of red blood cells.
Men generally have their highest levels of testosterone production during their adolescence and first years of adulthood. However, some boys may not produce adequate amounts of testosterone and this condition is called hypogonadism. This usually means that there is either a problem with the pituitary glands that control the testicles, or there is a problem with the testicles themselves. The missing testosterone can easily be replaced, and the doctor may prescribe testosterone injections as treatment.
Most boys are normal in this regard, and they usually start the decline of testosterone production at about thirty years or so. At this stage in life, a man loses about a single percent of testosterone production for every year. However, at about fifty years of age, the rate of decline may begin to drop precipitously. This sudden drop in testosterone production can result in a host of adverse reactions. A check with the doctor can confirm if these symptoms can be attributed to hypogonadism.
Changes in Appearance Due to Testosterone Deficiency
For non-medical people, symptoms of testosterone deficiency can often be classified as a decrease in masculinity, or an increase in the signs of being “womanly”. Doctors don’t bother with such trivial distinctions, as they are simply signs of a general medical condition.
The changes in appearance can be somewhat alarming. Although some symptoms (such as decreased bone density) may not be apparent, others may be more noticeable. Men may suddenly notice an increase in their body fat, while their muscle slowly disappears. You may also begin to experience rapid hair loss, as well as general lack of energy.
The more “womanly” symptoms include tender or even swollen breasts, which though they may not pose significant health risks nevertheless can be quite embarrassing. You may even experience “hot flashes’ which is something usually associated with menopause. This is partly the reason why some people insist on calling this condition andropause, to denote its connection to its female counterpart.
Fortunately, testosterone injections are readily available, and you can regain your lost masculinity without delay.