What Are The Typical Side Effects Of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) For Men?
TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) is becoming more and more popular these days, especially among men who are trying to recover their hormonal balance through this treatment. But although the effects it has on the body are quite amazing, there are some side effects that you should know before starting TRT. You can then decide whether or not this treatment is right for you.
Are There Different Types Of Side Effects?
There are different types of side effects linked with Testosterone Replacement Therapy, including temporary ones which will only last during the first months of using TRT until your body gets used to it, as well as long term ones which might never go away throughout your whole life since they come from low testosterone itself instead of being related to the treatment.
Among the temporary side effects of TRT for men, there are some that are very common and can even be considered as "normal". These include:
Acne or oily skin (usually in face or upper body)
Headaches or migraines after starting TRT (especially when getting off Testosterone Replacement Therapy), which will most likely disappear on their own after your body gets used to it. They might also appear again if you suddenly increase your dose before getting enough time for titration, but they shouldn't last more than 2 weeks anyway.
Changes in mood (irritability, aggression)
Oily skin or acne on the other parts of the body other than the face.
Redness or puffiness of the skin, especially around your eyes. This means that you might experience fluid retention and that should be solved after stopping TRT by getting enough sleep, drinking 2 liters of water per day, doing some physical activity like walking (which also helps to promote blood circulation through your body) and avoiding certain foods like junk food or carbonated drinks which make this symptom worse. If it doesn't improve at all you should report it to your physician since it could mean that you're having an allergic reaction to the medication. Your physician will decide what's best for you.
Difficulty sleeping which should improve if you lower your dose a bit after some time or at least take it before 4 pm so that you can get used to it and fall asleep better at night. If the problem doesn't go away after 2 weeks, you might want to report it to your physician since he will be able to give you a different dose of medication, depending on the root cause of the problem. However, there is also the possibility that this side effect is not caused by TRT at all but results from lack of physical activity or spending time in front of TV instead of reading a book for example (which would help you relax). In any case, talking about this with your doctor will guide him in finding the right solution for you.
How is TRT administered?
TRT can be done in a variety of ways. Your best option will be determined by both your medical and lifestyle needs. Some methods need to be administered on a daily basis, while others only need to be done once a month.
The following are examples of TRT techniques:
- Medications taken by mouth
- injections into the muscles
- patches that are applied to the skin
- creams for the skin
- A type of TRT that involves rubbing testosterone on your gums twice a day is also available.
How is TRT used medically?
TRT has long been used to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which your testes (also known as gonads) do not produce enough testosterone.
Hypogonadism is divided into two types:
- Primary hypogonadism. Low T results from issues with your gonads. They’re getting signals from your brain to make T but can’t produce them.
- Central (secondary) hypogonadism. Low T results from issues in your hypothalamus or pituitary gland.
TRT works to make up for T that isn’t being produced by your testes.
If you have true hypogonadism, TRT can:
- improve your sexual function
- boost your sperm count and volume
- increase levels of other hormones that interact with T, including prolactin
TRT can also help to balance unusual T levels caused by:
- Autoimmune conditions
- genetic disorders
- infections that damage your sex organs
- undescended testicles
- radiation therapy for cancer
- sex organ surgeries
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