Testosterone Replacement Therapy: Myths and Facts

Recommended by Dr. Michael White, Updated on October 25th, 2018

If you've been diagnosed with an abnormally low T, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) offers a lot of benefits. But there are risks, too.

Here's what you need to know before you start TRT.

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If you have an abnormally low T, boosting your testosterone levels with TRT can help bring your energy levels back to normal. It can also restore your sex drive.

You may notice a drop in body fat and a buildup of muscle mass after TRT.

Yes. TRT has side effects, which may include:

Guidelines from the Endocrine Society say you should not have TRT if you have prostate cancer or breast cancer.

But some studies suggest that men who have been successfully treated for prostate cancer may be candidates for TRT as long as they are closely watched for signs of disease. Before starting TRT, your doctor should assess your risk for prostate cancer.

You might be told by a doctor not to get TRT if you have these conditions, which may be made worse by TRT:

TRT is also not advised to be used for treating those with low testosterone caused by aging.

If you have low testosterone, TRT may help restore your ability to have healthy erections and can boost your sex drive.

But ED has many other possible causes. Low testosterone may not be the whole story behind your ED. Talk to your doctor to determine what's at the root of your erection problems.

TRT comes in several different forms. Each has pros and cons.

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy: Myths and Facts

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