If you struggle with the symptoms of low testosterone, hormone replacement therapy is a powerful treatment option that could change the way you experience daily life. Today, countless men can attest to the improvements in energy level, sex drive, and overall mood made possible by testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). However, even if you may be aware of the potential benefits of testosterone therapy, some popular administration methods may give you pause. More specifically, many men find testosterone shots to be an uninviting prospect.
But testosterone shots are not your only option. In fact, there are many alternatives to injectable testosterone, allowing you to take testosterone in a preparation that fits your needs and preferences. And if TRT itself isn’t right for you regardless of the administration method, there are innovative medications that boost your body’s natural testosterone levels without introducing exogenous testosterone at all.
Testosterone shots might be amongst the most commonly used therapies for low T, but there are many ways to regain a sense of health and vitality. If you’re determined to find relief for your symptoms, you’ll want to consider all of the treatment options available to you.
Testosterone shots aren’t for everyone. Some people can’t tolerate injecting themselves, and some can’t stand needles, period. Others struggle to keep up with their at-home injection schedule or find frequent office visits to be inconvenient or inaccessible. If you want to receive testosterone replacement therapy but you don’t want to take shots, choosing a different testosterone preparation can help ensure you get the treatment you need in a way that is tolerable and effective for you.
Testosterone medications come in a number of forms:
All of these administration methods may produce good results and users of any method are typically satisfied with their treatment experience. Moreover, method-specific side effects tend to be mild and transient. As such, deciding which treatment is best for you will likely be driven by your personal preferences and lifestyle rather than significant efficacy or tolerability considerations.
Testosterone replacement therapy can be an effective, accessible, and life-changing treatment. But some men who struggle with low T don’t want or are not able to use TRT, such as men with certain health conditions or who are concerned about the risk of infertility associated with testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone medications also come with a variety of potential side effects and a few important health risks that even healthy men may not find acceptable.
If you’re looking for an alternative to testosterone therapy, ask your hormone practitioner about medications that stimulate your body’s natural testosterone production rather than supplying exogenous testosterone. This relatively new process is commonly referred to as testosterone restoration, and it may allow you to achieve the same effects of TRT through a completely different set of medications.
The way you choose to treat your low testosterone is personal, and it may change over time. That’s why it’s always best to seek treatment from a specialist who has access to a wide range of options. While many men go straight to their primary care physicians (PCPs) for their initial hormone treatment, they may not offer the depth of expertise or the variety of preparations, doses, and treatment methods that are available from a specialist. For example, many PCPs may offer standardized hormone products, but are not equipped to prescribe bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), leaving you without the option of fully customized treatment.
By seeing a practitioner who specializes in hormone health from the beginning, you can set yourself up for success. These practitioners will conduct extensive hormone testing to identify any hormone imbalances and determine the right dosage for your individual needs. Additionally, only hormone specialists typically monitor downstream hormones, like estrogen and DHT, that can increase hemoglobin and hematocrit, which are associated with an increased risk of blood clots. For men taking testosterone therapy, this monitoring can be invaluable to ensure safe and effective treatment.
If injections don’t appeal to you, don’t worry. There are plenty of alternatives to testosterone shots. And with the guidance of an expert in hormone replacement therapy, you’ll be well on your way to discovering one that produces real results.
Looking for a practitioner who can offer alternatives to testosterone shots? BodyLogicMD can help. BodyLogicMD-affiliated practitioners are leading experts in hormone health and offer customized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Contact a local practitioner to schedule your first appointment, or take the BodyLogicMD Hormone Balance Quiz to learn more about testosterone and its effects on your body.
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