Testosterone replacement therapy in both men and women has repeatedly been shown to be safe and scientific evidence has debunked the myth that testosterone causes prostate cancer or heart disease. To the contrary, there is overwhelming scientific evidence that testosterone replacement therapy protects against diabetes, depression, obesity, heart disease, and neurological disorders like Alzhiemer's and dementia.
OTHER ALTERNATIVE TO TESTOSTERONE THERAPY
SARMs S4 & S22 (Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator) provide the benefits of traditional androgenic hormones such as testosterone (including increased muscle mass, fat loss, and bone density) while having a lower tendency to produce the unwanted side effects of testosterone (aromatization and increased DHT). By acting and stimulating on the androgen receptor, SARMs can provide a similar therapeutic outcome to androgen therapy without any increase in androgen levels. SARMs have the potential to take the place of the androgens, and therefore exert many of the same positive effects on muscle tissue as testosterone. The anabolic effect has been measured to be roughly the same as testosterone. It has also been shown to produce dose-dependent increases in bone mineral density and mechanical strength in addition to being able to decrease body fat and increase lean body mass.
COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE IN MEN:
- Increased abdominal fat and total body fat composition
- Stiffness or pain in muscles and joints
- Decreased exercise performance
- Poor recovery time from exercise
- Decrease lean muscle mass
- Decreased sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased in morning erections and libido
- Longer recovery time between ejaculation (orgasms)
- Loss of ambition and drive
- Decreased mental sharpness and memory
RESULTS AFTER TREATMENT
With our personalized testosterone treatments, our male patients report an improvement in many or all of these areas over time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS HUMAN CHORIONIC GONADOTROPIN (HCG) IMPORTANT TO ADMINISTER WHILE ON TESTOSTERONE TREATMENT?
In men, HCG treatment is used to increase testicular size and natural testosterone/semen production. Testosterone replacement therapy causes the hypothalamus to shut down, and the production of gonadotropin-releasing hormones (GNRH) ceases. Without GNRH, the pituitary glands stop releasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Without LH and FSH the testicles (gonads) shut down their production of testosterone and semen. For males, HCG treatment mimics the actions of LH and FSH.
To avoid adverse effects of unopposed exogenous testosterone therapy, we recommend using HCG while on testosterone and as a post-cycle treatment. If HCG is not used while on therapy, you're likely to suffer from withdrawal symptoms. The testicles shrink and semen count drops drastically. Our patients have observed, following intramuscular or subcutaneous injections, an increase in testicular function and size within the first three injections. HCG serum concentrations peak within about six hours of administration and are fed for about 36 hours. HCG serum concentrations approach baseline (undetectable) levels around three days after administration.
SHOULD I BE TAKING AN ESTROGEN INHIBITOR DURING MY TESTOSTERONE TREATMENT
Depending on the patient's blood evaluation, one of our physicians will determine if an aromatase inhibitor may be necessary throughout a patient's prescribed treatment. Arimidex (Anastrozole) is an anti-aromatase medication (estrogen inhibitor). This medication is used concurrently with androgens like testosterone to help prevent water retention (edema) and gynecomastia (breast enlargement). Having high levels of estrogen for prolonged periods may increase the chance of developing cardiovascular disease by up to 50%. Arimidex blocks the aromatase enzyme and prevents the production of estrogen as excess aromatase robs men of their testosterone benefits and exposes them to higher than desirable estradiol (male estrogen) levels. By suppressing estrogen levels with an aromatase-inhibiting medication, such side effects can be avoided.
Arimidex is used for several weeks after your HRT treatment as a post-therapy treatment. It is orally absorbed and reaches peak concentration in about one hour, with a terminal half-life around 46 hours.
WHAT IS HYPOGONADISM?
Hypogonadism refers to a decrease in testosterone production, sperm production, or both. Our physicians address the underlying hormone and testosterone issue of this condition.
WHAT DOES MEDICAL HEALTH INSTITUTE CONSIDER TO BE NORMAL TESTOSTERONE LEVELS?
Based on our clinical experience, we have observed that our patients experience remarkable benefits from having serum testosterone levels between 500 ng/dL and 1,100 ng/dL. We consider these to be optimal. According to conventional medicine, 300 ng/dL is an acceptable level of testosterone, though we rarely see patients experiencing benefits from such a low level.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF TESTOSTERONE INJECTIONS OVER TOPICAL (TRANSDERMAL) CREAMS/GELS AND IMPLANTABLE PELLETS?
The proper route of testosterone administration is determined by one of our physicians, taking into account the patient's preference. We find that injectable testosterone therapy is the most efficient and effective way to increase testosterone levels. Transdermal creams have been shown to slightly increase levels or simply maintain them. However it can take up to two hours for creams to fully absorb into the skin. In regard to pellets, they can be painful, they sometimes malfunction, and the dose cannot be adjusted once implanted. About 30% of our patients have used pellets and were ultimately unsatisfied with the results. Nonetheless, the patient can choose which method he is most comfortable with.