Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), is a hormone replacement therapy often prescribed to counter the effects of male hypogonadism, or low testosterone production.
TRT can help men with low testosterone improve sexual function, support overall health and energy levels, as well as mood and mental function.
Testosterone replacement therapy is not a new treatment option, and can be invaluable as part of an erectile dysfunction treatment program for some Vancouver men.
Testosterone Treatments at Pollock Clinics
When the body no longer produces sufficient amounts of testosterone, replacement therapy is an option.
At Pollock Clinics we have a series of options, including but not limited to topical gel, intranasal spray, and intramuscular injection.
The delivery method will be selected by the physician and patient.
Focus on Erectile Dysfunction
At Pollock Clinics we offer TRT for men with erectile dysfunction.
Our clinic only provides testosterone therapy to patients with erectile dysfunction who also have biochemical evidence of hypogonadism (low testosterone levels).
Men selected for testosterone therapy for ED will be screened for any health risks from hormone therapy, and a review of your medical history, a focused physical exam, and blood tests are part of the process for new clients.
If this you are eligible for this treatment, which would be determined during your comprehensive assessment with Dr. Ahmadi, he can answer any further questions that you may have.
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Vancouver Low-T Therapy Risks & Benefits
There are both benefits and risks associated with treating low testosterone. The figure below provides information on TRT’s impact on various health conditions that could be impacted by your course of treatment.
Benefits of Low-T Therapy
The ideal outcome from TRT is to improve sexual function, libido, and energy level.
Some men experience a strong change. Others get limited benefits.
Many men report improvement in energy level, sex drive, and quality of erections.
Testosterone also increases bone density, muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity in some men.
Men also often report an improvement in mood from testosterone replacement.
They may be able to focus better, and see improvements in memory and cognitive skills.
Testosterone Therapy Risks
Testosterone therapy can raise a man’s risk for urinary symptoms, relating to enlarged prostate, increased PSA levels, blood clots and stroke. Uncommon side effects include sleep apnea, acne, and breast enlargement.
Men who use a testosterone gel should wash their hands thoroughly after applying a dose and make sure that no one else touches the spots where they medicate. If a woman or child comes into contact with testosterone gels, it can cause side effects in them.
To continue to benefit, a man with low testosterone must remain on it, and this poses some risk because the very long-term impacts are not fully known. Research over the past few decades has shown little evidence of a link between testosterone replacement therapy and prostate cancer. However, the question has not been entirely laid to rest.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy at Pollock Clinics in Vancouver
At Pollock Clinics our goal is to carefully select patients with erectile dysfunction who may also have signs and symptoms of hypogonadism through detailed history taking, focused physical examination, and proper biochemical laboratory findings to determine the appropriateness of TRT.
Our clinic only provides testosterone therapy to patients with erectile dysfunction who have biochemical evidence of hypogonadism (low testosterone levels) and where we have validated that they can have testosterone therapy safely.
Circumstances where it may not be safe will be determined by the treating physician through the assessment process.
An assessment will include a review of your medical history, a focused physical exam, and blood tests to determine the appropriateness of TRT – or other therapies.
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