The first step is to find an experienced and trustworthy provider, but even before that, make sure that you know which questions about Low T you really should be asking.
While there’s no cure for the fear of talking to providers about your symptoms, preparing a list of questions beforehand can take away much of the stress associated with this event. Making you sure have a game plan will prevent you from leaving important information uncovered, and concerns ignored.
You are not alone in this. A study from the Mayo Clinic shows that it is normal to lose about 1% of your testosterone production each year after age 30. However, according to the American Diabetes Association today there are more than 13 million men in America who have Low T. The condition of hypogonadism can be treated safely and effectively, but there are pitfall to identify and avoid. You should know them, but your provider must know them and prepare accordingly.
5 questions about Low T to ask your healthcare professional:
How will you determine if I have Low T?
What treatment options are available to me and what are their pros and cons?
What are the side effects of therapy and how are they managed?
What must I do to make sure that the treatment is successful?
What should I expect going forward and how long will it be before I feel the effects of TRT?
Take this list of questions about Low T, and make sure that they are answered in a way that makes sense to you. If any provider is unwilling to thoroughly discuss these points, then that is a clear sign that you are in the wrong spot. Again, TRT can be great, but it can also be tricky. There are certain side effects of TRT that have to be addressed and mitigated.
Starting TRT will influence many processes in your body. Below is a short list of some of the things that will be affected:
Red blood cell production
Sperm production & fertility
Anyone embarking on TRT should realize that response to treatment manifests in different ways in different individuals. It depends largely on the symptoms you feel, will hinge on your commitment to consistency. By and large, testosterone replacement therapy should only be initiated on the right candidates. It’s not enough to just have a couple of mild symptoms. It’s not enough to have a mildly low or “borderline number” and no symptoms. This is a serious decision that warrants thoughtful consideration.
However, if you feel that you might have Low T, attempting to suffer quietly and “soldier on” is not the best plan of action either. In fact, low testosterone is abundantly prevalent; and we are seeing more and more not-so-old men with low levels every day.
Once again, the first step is selecting and scheduling a consultation with a medical professional who, through authenticity and exhibition of knowledge, engenders your trust and confidence. Know what questions about Low T to ask, and get the answers you deserve before you start treatment.