Testosterone Replacement Therapy

At Lions OpTimal Health, testosterone replacement therapy is used to address low testosterone levels. Low testosterone may be caused by factors such as aging, testicular injury, certain medical conditions, or medications.

Testosterone replacement therapy aims to restore testosterone levels to the optimal range, improving the symptoms associated with low testosterone and enhancing overall quality of life.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles in men and in smaller amounts in the ovaries and adrenal glands in women. Testosterone plays a crucial role in the development of the male reproductive organs and tissues during fetal development and puberty. 

In adult males, testosterone helps maintain:

  • Sex drive
  • Muscle mass and strength 
  • Bone density
  • Facial and body hair
  • Sperm production
  • Mood regulation

Need for Testosterone Replacement

Low testosterone is a condition known as hypogonadism, where the testicles don’t produce enough testosterone. Possible causes for low testosterone can include:

  • Age (males over 50)
  • Obesity
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Chronic conditions, such as diabetes or kidney dysfunction
  • Testicular injury
  • Chemotherapy for cancer
  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Lions OpTimal Health offers testosterone replacement therapy to treat low testosterone in men. Testosterone replacement therapy involves taking bioidentical versions of testosterone to restore hormone balance. 

Conditions Treated by Testosterone Replacement Therapy

If your body’s natural testosterone production falls, you may notice physical and mental changes. Common concerns that can be helped with testosterone replacement therapy in men include:

  • Fatigue
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low sex drive
  • Depression
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Concentration and memory problems
  • Irritability

Improving Testosterone Levels

At Lions OpTimal Health, we take a comprehensive approach to testosterone optimization. This includes testosterone skin gels, patches, intramuscular injections, and pills. 

While testosterone replacement therapy may be necessary for many men, we also explore alternative options to improve your natural testosterone production using cellular medicine.  

Cellular medicine uses peptides, dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and supplements to impact the health of your cells. This improves cellular signaling, ultimately impacting your natural hormone production and cellular health. These methods may be used in place of testosterone replacement therapy or in conjunction with it, depending on your individual need and response.  

At Lions OpTimal Health, treatment options for low testosterone include the use of peptides and specific supplements tailored to your individual needs. We do not recommend over-the-counter testosterone boosters and instead recommend specific treatments personalized to each patient’s needs.

Although these therapies are not commonly discussed or offered at corporate-run testosterone clinics, they can be highly effective in enhancing your testosterone levels and overall well-being with minimum side effects.

How Testosterone Replacement Therapy is Administered

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a treatment used to address low testosterone levels in men. It can be administered in various forms, including topical, sublingual, and injectable. Here's a brief overview of each:

Injectable TRT

In this form of therapy, testosterone is injected directly into the muscle, usually in the thigh, buttock, or upper arm. Injections can be given by a healthcare provider or self-administered, depending on the individual's comfort level. Injectable TRT offers a longer duration of action compared to other methods, typically requiring injections every 1-4 weeks. 

This method is often considered more effective but may cause discomfort at the injection site and requires consistent adherence to the injection schedule.

Topical TRT

This form of therapy involves applying testosterone directly to the skin as a gel, cream, or patch. The testosterone is absorbed through the skin and enters the bloodstream. 

Topical treatments are typically applied once daily and are favored for their ease of use. However, they may cause skin irritation in some individuals and require caution to avoid transferring the medication to others through skin contact.

Sublingual TRT

Sublingual testosterone is administered as a tablet or lozenge that dissolves under the tongue. This method allows rapid hormone absorption into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. 

Sublingual TRT offers the advantage of quick and easy administration but may cause mouth irritation and has a shorter duration of action compared to other methods.

Our team will work with you to determine the best method for you. 

Personalized Care for Testosterone Replacement Therapy

At Lions OpTimal Health, we prioritize your well-being as an individual patient. Our goal is to provide you with the most suitable and effective treatment options to address your symptoms and concerns related to low testosterone. 

Results of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Results of testosterone replacement therapy start manifesting at different times for various aspects. 

  • Effects on sexual interest appear after 3 weeks and tend to plateau at 6 weeks. Effects on erections/ejaculations may require up to 6 months. 
  • Effects on quality of life manifest within 3–4 weeks, but maximum benefits take longer. 
  • Effects on depressive mood become detectable after 3–6 weeks with a maximum after 18–30 weeks. 
  • Effects on erythropoiesis may be seen at 3 months, peaking at 9–12 months. 
  • Prostate-specific antigen and volume can rise marginally and then plateau at 12 months. 
  • Effects on lipids appear after 4 weeks, with maximum results after 6–12 months. 
  • Insulin sensitivity may improve within a few days, but effects on glycemic control can take 3–12 months. 
  • Changes in fat mass, lean body mass, and muscle strength occur within 12–16 weeks and stabilize around 6–12 months. 
  • Effects on inflammation occur within 3–12 weeks. 
  • Effects on bone may be detectable after 6 months.

Telehealth Services at Lions OpTimal Health

To enhance accessibility and convenience for our patients, Lions OpTimal Health offers telehealth services for follow-up visits. This means that you can engage in remote consultations and check-ins with our providers, eliminating the need for frequent in-person office visits.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Longmont, CO

At Lions OpTimal Health, we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and treatments to help you achieve optimal wellness and performance. Our primary healthcare provider, Jason Schmidthuber PA-C, has helped thousands of men regain strength and revitalize their lives.

If you are experiencing persistent symptoms of low testosterone, we encourage you to contact Lions OpTimal Health for more information on testosterone replacement therapy.

You can call us at (720) 645 4241 or request a consultation online

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