WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
Benefits of testosterone replacement therapy vary based upon the pre-therapy symptoms and other factors, but can include:
• Increased energy
• Decreased irritability and depression
• Improved muscle mass and strength
• Improved sexual desire
• Improved visuospatial cognitive function and verbal memory
• Higher motivation
• Decreased body fat (optimal results received through accompaniment of a diligent diet and exercise regimen)
• Possible improvement in erectile function
• Thicker skin
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
Some patients could experience one or more of the following side effects:
Increase in red blood cells
This can be beneficial if you have anemia. However, it can be potentially dangerous, since an increase in red blood cells can lead to blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
If you have an enlarged prostate, testosterone injections may worsen your symptoms, particularly if you are more than 50 years of age. If you have a history of prostate cancer, you cannot receive testosterone therapy without prior clearance from the urologist who is overseeing your care.
Acne, oily skin, increased body hair and flushing have been reported. These side effects are not very common, but when/if they occur, often are transient.
Testosterone therapy down regulates production of a man’s sperm. Ensure you are upfront with your desire for children with your medical provider, and be sure to discuss the situation with your spouse/partner if appropriate.
This is a condition that disrupts breathing during sleep, and if already present, may be worsened by the use of testosterone injections. If you snore or suspect you may have sleep apnea, be sure to talk to your medical provider about the situation. Considering a sleep study for further evaluation may be appropriate prior to starting therapy.
Although uncommon, you must use caution if you have a history of heart failure or kidney disease.
What does Testosterone therapy at SASS cost?
Initial appointment at our San Antonio, TX location is $100 which will then go towards the monthly fee of $250. The cost is then $250 per month to continue therapy.
Patients should have their levels tested either at their own PCP office, or have them tested at any stand-alone lab testing facility before coming to their initial appointments.