Questions and Answers with our Nurse Practitioner Courtney
Hi guys! Courtney, the nurse practitioner at Bodyology here to answer your most pressing questions about testosterone replacement therapy.
Question 1: What is testosterone and why is it so important?
Answer: Great question! Testosterone is a hormone produced mainly in the testicles. Testosterone is important because it affects how you age as well as how you feel as you age. For example, testosterone helps to make sure that your bones are kept strong and prevents them from becoming brittle; therefore, if you maintain healthy levels of testosterone, you may prevent yourself from experiencing a broken hip or leg if you happen to fall. Another example is sex drive. If testosterone falls below normal levels, your sex drive may fall with it; this can have a really negative impact on your quality of life for both you and your partner.
Question 2: Why do my levels of testosterone go down as I get older?
Answer: Doesn’t age bring just about everything down? Our skin becomes saggy and our testosterone declines-its not fair! In fact, testosterone levels begin to decline in small percentages from the ripe age of 30. Although 30 is the new 20, our bodies don’t see things the same way; most of our “peaks” occur when we are adolescence, and our body is considered to be in an aging state by the time our 20’s are over. As testicles age their ability to produce hormone like they used to starts to decline. The good news is, is that not all men experience the “bad” side effects of decreased testosterone, which are considered to be decreased sexual desire, trouble initiating spontaneous erections, insomnia, increased body fat, reduced muscle size, and depression. However, if you are experiencing any of these changes and feel that it might be related to low testosterone, all it takes is some blood work and a consultation with one of our medical providers to understand if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you!
Question 3: What are some potential effects of receiving testosterone replacement therapy?
Answer: With every medication there is always a side effect. Side effects of testosterone include new or worsening sleep apnea, acne, enlargement of the prostate, decreased sperm production, and an increased risk of blood clots. These side effects are not meant to scare you, but they are real and can be serious if they are not monitored carefully. This is why it’s very important that you receive testosterone replacement therapy by an actual medical provider in a clinic setting that follows a protocol. At Bodyology, our testosterone protocol is based on the most recent and updated recommendations stated by The American Urology Association and The American Endocrine Society.
Question 4: How do I know if testosterone therapy is right for me?
Answer: We start every new client with blood work and a one-on-one consultation. Your blood work will have to be performed in the morning time while you are fasting. At Bodyology, we are proud to offer our own in-house lab, so it’s as simple as calling to schedule your appointment. Once your blood work has been drawn, you will have your initial consultation with one of our medical providers to see if testosterone replacement is right for you. If you are a candidate, the program will be explained to you simply and in language you understand. Additionally, we are always available to answer any questions or concerns you have while you’re receiving your testosterone replacement therapy at Bodyology.