The decision to start testosterone therapy is one that will affect many aspects of your life. It will also affect those around you so when making this decision it is important to consider your wife and your entire family for that matter. The effects you feel will impact those close to you differently. Depending on initial symptoms and your response to treatment, your loved ones will have questions because they will see changes.
Here are seven of things your wife wants to know about TRT:
1. Will you get “Roid Rage”?
No, in fact, normalizing your T levels should improve your mood. The term “roid rage” is associated with the hyperaggression that accompanies abuse of testosterone and other anabolic medications. Those who take these medications illicitly are likely to take doses that are fifteen (or more) times higher than what is typically used for replacement purposes. On the other had, depression, irritability and and a low-sense of well being are all possible symptoms of low testosterone. Though testosterone therapy takes several weeks to take effect, you can look forward to becoming less depressed and irritable, if these were symptoms you were experiencing before treatment. Estrogen levels must also be managed appropriately as they can also influence mood.
2. Will the “honey do” list get done?
Yes, well…maybe, it should be easier but we can’t account for procrastination. One of the frequent benefits of testosterone therapy is the improvement in energy levels. Since you will likely have the energy to knock of those chores now, you are going to have to get a bit more creative with your reasons for avoiding the honey-do list.
3. Are you going to pursue her more?
Yes! At least for most people. Reduced sexual drive is one of the most common symptoms of low testosterone. And, it is one of the first to respond according to studies. When asked the question “Do you like sex?”, every man will respond with a resounding yes. However, recharging your libido will mean that you will again have that natural and healthy drive toward intimacy.
4. Can she accidentally end up absorbing testosterone via your gel?
Yes, since gels are applied directly to the skin, they can be spread or transferred to any surface, especially when first applied. This means your wife, your kids, or anyone you come into contact with could suffer from virilization (taking on the attributes of an adult male). This is something that should definitely be avoided if at all possible.
5. Should she be on the lookout for side effects?
Yes. Your provider will discuss the various side effects and benefits of testosterone therapy with you. It may be a good idea for both of you to be present for the initial consultation. Your wife should be fully aware of all the possibilities in order to keep an eye out for them as well. An example of a possible side effect that she will have an easier time spotting than you is mood swings that could be associated with elevated estradiol levels. This can be easily managed, but should be reported as early as possible.
6. Will your “love handles” disappear?
Possibly. Think of testosterone as optimizing your body for a workout. It doesn’t take the place of one, but your workouts will be more efficient. As your body regains the ability to create muscle mass normally, as opposed to an struggling to recover and benefit from your time in the gym, you can use it to your advantage by burning more and more calories. Combined with exercise and diet, you can return to a leaner, fitter version of you. Your wife will like your new look.
7. Will you remember your anniversary?
Again, possibly. If you have always been forgetful, then you will likely remain that way. That being said, your ability to concentrate does falter and your T levels fall. Impaired cognitive function, or “fuzzy thinking”, is another side effect of Low T. With treatment, many people report improved mental alertness and ability to remember information.
For those with real symptoms and levels confirmed to be low by reliable lab analysis, therapy can have a profoundly positive impact on your life. It is important that you talk about this with your spouse, because both of you will enjoy the benefits of you feeling like the old you. To be optimally successful, TRT must be monitored by providers who are attentive and knowledgeable, your better health awaits with FREE CONSULTATION!