Testosterone has two major functions in the human body.
Testosterone is needed to form and maintain the male sex organs and promote secondary male sex characteristics (in both men and women) such as voice deepening and hair growth patterns. This function is related to its androgenic properties.
Testosterone is the facilitation of muscle growth as well as bone development and maintenance. This is a result of its anabolic properties.
In adulthood, low testosterone may lead to decreased sexual function and desire, infertility, and erectile dysfunction. Loss of hair, decreased muscle mass, and osteoporosis or decreased bone density may occur.
In men, low testosterone levels in the body can be supplemented by hormone replacement with testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy can be prescribed as an intramuscular injection usually given on a biweekly basis, as a patch or gel placed on the skin, or as putty that is applied to the gums of the mouth. Each of the treatments has its risks and benefits. The decision as to which form of testosterone to use depends upon the clinical situation. Discussions between the patient and health care practitioner often helps decide which medication to use.
Hope this answers what you wanted to know! :)
My husband had prostate cancer in '98, and chose radiation and seed implant, as opposed to surgery. They also gave him a female hormone 'implant' for 11 months--as they wanted to make sure that his Testosterone levels stayed low.
Well, ever since then has had VERY low PSA tests results--which is good; however, for 10+ years we tried to find either a urologist or an endocrinologist who would prescribe Test. replacement for him--but they were all afraid of it!
Finally, we came armed with medical journal articles that refuted their prior judgement, and a new Urologist was willing to give him T replacement--but now he had already developed Osteopenia!
He first took Testim !% gel (VERY expensive!); one tube a day, rubbed into your skin on the trunk of your body. This was too much for him--- he became VERY verbally agressive and argumentative, and thought about sex 24/7! When he finally realized that there was a problem, he dropped back to 1/2 tube a day and felt fine. His regular doc wanted him to take more, as the labs showed he was still low on the lesser dose--but he said no.
When we returned to the Uro this year, we told him the problem, and also that he was developing a rash from the Testim. He retested his T level, and. although it was on the low end, he didn't argue about the lesser dose.
He DID change him over to AndroGel 1% Pump. A box contains two bottles, that are supposed to last one month. It only cost $42.00, and so far is not irritating his skin! The down side is that you are supposed to use 4 pumps per day--and he says that is WAY too much to rub in! So, he is using even less--so we will have to see where is T level is when we go back in August.
Hope this helps! Mary, madhatter
PS: Our new concierge doc says that if the regular Rx T is too expensive, that we can gave it compounded and it will be both bio-identical and cheap!
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