Testosterone is an important hormone that helps with everything from making bones stronger and producing red blood cells to encouraging sex drive and sperm production. However, men may suffer from a reduction of naturally-produced testosterone as part of the aging process or disease such as hypogonadism. Testosterone replacement therapy can help aging men and increase sex drive. Here are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy.
Improved Sexual Function
One of the primary reasons why a person tries testosterone replacement therapy is to improve sexual function. Researchers who published an article in the journal Current Opinion in Urology found in their article “Testosterone Therapy improves Erectile Function and Libido in Hypogonadal Men” that testosterone therapy is supported for use in men with low testosterone levels, erectile dysfunction, and low libido and has been shown to improve the symptoms these men suffer from.
The American College of Physicians supports using testosterone replacement therapy for men with age-related low testosterone levels, as indicated in their evidence-based clinical practice guideline.
Another study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that older men with low libido and low testosterone levels engaged in more sexual activity and displayed greater interest in sex when they underwent testosterone replacement therapy.
Effective Treatment for Hypogonadism
Additionally, the Mayo Clinic reports that testosterone therapy can help reverse the effects of hypogonadism. This medical condition can cause serious effects, including:
- Decrease in muscle mass
- Loss of bone mass
- Development of breast tissue
- Erectile dysfunction
Treatment for Mood Disorders
Multiple research studies point to the ability of testosterone replacement therapy to reduce symptoms of depression in men. Another study found that testosterone increases the number of proteins in the body that transport serotonin, a feel-good chemical that helps regulate mood. Since many cases of ED and low libido point to underlying mental health issues, this treatment may prove effective to treat the disorder while also improving sexual drive.
Improved Bone and Muscle Mass
Men who are 65 and older who use testosterone replacement therapy may be able to increase bone mass and strength after 12 months of treatment. Patients may be able to recover bone and muscle mass with the help of testosterone replacement therapy.
Improved Cognitive Function
In addition to all of the other benefits listed above, hormone replacement therapy may also be able to help improve your spatial orientation and your ability to remember words and information. This is because low testosterone levels are associated with decreased cognitive function and impaired memory.
Learn MoreAbout Testosterone Replacement Therapy
While testosterone replacement therapy may be able to provide the benefits discussed above, it does also come with some risks. If you would like to find out if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you, contact Forever Young at (678) 399-3851. We can test your testosterone levels and discuss your health to determine if you are a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.