Testosterone

Testosterone therapy is an integral part of both female and male age management medicine.

Female

With the proper medical management of testosterone, women can expect to have improved libido and sexual function, increase muscle mass and bone density, a sense of well being, better memory and mental clarity. Testosterone may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Testosterone delivery for women is typically a topical skin cream that is applied once a day. Given in the proper dosage and with scheduled follow-up monitoring, side effects of unwanted hair growth, lowering of the voice and acne can be avoided.

Male

For men, testosterone therapy is an important part of age management as it is their main hormone. With proper medical management and scheduled monitoring, men can expect leaner muscle mass, reduced fat, increased libido and sexual function and reduced risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s. Testosterone can contribute to the natural lowering of cholesterol. Male testosterone is unique in that if not managed correctly can, in some men, convert to (DHT) or the female hormone Estradiol.

Elevated lipids and a low DHEA level may herald the beginning of low testosterone. Low testosterone contributes to the “love handles” men gain.

The delivery options of testosterone for men are:

  1. Transdermal cream (topical skin cream)
  2. Troche (lozenge)
  3. Sublingual Tablet (dissolves under the tongue)
  4. Pellet implant (office surgical procedure with follow-up required)
  5. Injection

Each delivery option has its positive and negative aspects. What is most important is compliance with whatever delivery option is chosen and adhering to scheduled test monitoring.