After all the media buzz around testosterone therapy you must have come across what testosterone therapy is on TV, might have read up in a magazine, internet search might have been your best friend or you have heard other talking about it, and this entire storm on the media, must have created an impression that this therapy is nothing but positive.
But of course, not everything you come across is the entire truth behind the story, you need to brush up on the various theories, pros and cons and basics before taking any decision.
Because, unfortunately the risks, safety concerns associated with this therapy are not widely known.
What is Testosterone and the Science Behind Low Testosterone?
Testosterone is the hormone produced by the testicles which actually makes men, men. It is responsible to create biological male characteristics like a heavy voice, facial hair and larger muscles.
It is found to be responsible for the growth of penis, sperm production fueling libido at puberty and bone growth at puberty. Testosterone Enanthate is an androgen and anabolic steroid which is usually administered during the treatment of low testosterone levels.
It may begin at the age of 40, the testosterone level begin to fall 1% every year. This minute level of decrease, may gradually contribute towards low sex drive, fatigue, depression, obesity and difficulty in concentrating.
Firstly, people need to understand that these symptoms may not originally and primarily because of the decrease in testosterone levels. There can be other underlying factors of these symptoms.
It is advisable to go through testosterone therapy only if it begins to significantly affect your daily life due to various side effects and long term risks.
Pros of Testosterone Therapy
After conducting various researches and examinations it turned out that there are hardly any advantages of getting testosterone therapy done, whereas, the cons came out to be greater in number as well as life threatening.
Although the outcome are not still very convincing, but a recent study that examined 308 men aged 60 and above having low to low-normal testosterone levels showed no change in libido, sexual desire, erectile function or any health related quality of life.
Rather, it shows fruitful results in men whose existing levels are healthy and sufficient.
Cons of Testosterone Therapy
According to doctors, there are health conditions which can be worsen by Testosterone Replacement Therapy to a life threatening level. Such as:
Men who already have elevated PSA or suffer from prostate cancer should avoid getting TRT done as it can very quickly escalate the cancer cells to grow.
Rather, getting a TRT done, men are always tested for prostate cancer before beginning the treatments of TRT are avoided to be given the treatment if they are at an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Blood Clotting and Heart Disease:
For some men, it has been recorded that boosting testosterone by using testosterone products may lead to fatal heart disease and stroke. Usage of testosterone products results in massive increase of red blood cells which create perilous clots in the vessels.
Due to which there is high risk of stroke, heart attacks, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism can follow.
Testosterone Therapy also comes with intermittent and irregular breathing while sleeping. It is not advisable for men who suffer from sleep apnea who already face difficulty while sleeping should avoid getting TRT so not to aggravate the problem.