Testosterone Deficiency and Replacement Trerapy Questions
Q. Is Testosterone Replacement Treatment completely safe?
A. No medication can be said to be 100% safe and effective. However provided it is taken in the dose recomended then Testosterone Replacement Therapy is very safe and well tolerated.
Q. I have heard that Testosterone treatment can cause cancer of the prostate. Is this true?
A. No, testosterone treatments do NOT cause cancer of the prostate or of anything else for that matter. Prostate cancer occurs in older men with very low testosterone levels and is rare in younger men with high levels. Recent studies have shown that there is no increased incidence of prostate cancer among men taking TRT when compared to a cohort of men not taking testosterone replacement therapy. The incidence of prostate cancer was the same in both groups.
Q. How do I know if I might benefit from or need TRT?
A. Complete our self-assessment Impotence questionnaire link. If your score is above 45 then you may want to consider a trial of TRT. Or if you are suffering for one of the major symptoms like loss of libido and erectile failure then likewise a trial of treatment might be worth considering.
Q. Are there any ‘fringe benefits’ to taking TRT apart from the sexual ones?
A. Yes. Apart from improving you sexually there are a number of potential benefits that are now beginning to emerge for men who have been taking TRT long-term. Among these are:
- Improvements to your cardiovascular system.
- Improvements to your cognitive function and memory.
- Increased mineral bone density to help against fractures.
- Increased muscle mass and decreased body fat.
- Decreased anxiety and social phobia.
All that said is it a mistake to expect miracles. The benefits from TRT are often subtle and mild and not life transforming but rather mildly life enhancing.
Q. What is the best way to take TRT?
A. There is no best way to take Testosterone. With the doctor you can decide if the transdermal gel or the intramuscular injection is best for your lifestyle
The jel is applied to a large area of your skin each morning. An injection form is also available called Nebido. This is given as an inter-muscular injection every 10 weeks and avoids the necessity of applying a gel every day. Both treatments are covered under the Cost of Drugs Refund Scheme.