What to Look for in a Low T Clinic — 7 Questions to Ask
Are you wondering what to look for in a Low T clinic near you?
You’re not alone — it can be complicated and confusing to start to review men’s health centers: It can be hard to even know where to begin.
That’s why we came up with this list. If you’re looking for a testosterone replacement therapy clinic, you need to be asking these seven questions before you settle on a provider.
1. What Sets This Men’s Clinic Apart?
The answer to that question will vary for each Low T clinic, just like any other business.
Here’s the first thing that comes to mind for us — as the owners and operators of Testosterone Centers of Texas, we’re local business people.
Our reputation as medical practitioners is on the line, as well as our livelihood — you will not find us cutting corners.
Your health matters to us, both as medical providers and members of the community — that’s what sets us apart.
You’ll want to find out the same from any Low T clinic you approach for treatment — what do they do that makes them better than the rest?
2. Does This Men’s Health Clinic Follow Specific, Well-Defined Ethical Standards or Principles?
We believe in our medical ethics and principles — we’re dedicated to the principles of evidence-based medicine.
That means that we study. We are up to date on the latest research in our field, and we continually seek to deepen our expertise.
Simply put, our providers are working to gain the highest levels of knowledge and training in order to provide the highest standard of care.
So ask your providers — what standards and principles do you follow at this Low T clinic? Do you have them codified somewhere?
3. What Are the Treatment Goals?
The goals of treatment are determined by the symptoms you’re experiencing — your “normal,” or what you expect to feel like, has somehow taken a downturn, and you need to feel like “yourself” again.
You want to feel better, and relief from your individual symptoms should be one of your primary treatment goals. The focus should not be on reaching a predetermined number on a lab test.
Your total testosterone score is not the goal at TCT.
The following are some of the more common symptoms Low T clinics treat:
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Weight Problems
- Trouble Concentrating
- Loss of Endurance
- Depressed Mood
- Muscle Weakness & Loss
So ask your provider — what are the goals of my treatment? How important is it to you that we work to eliminate my symptoms?
4. How Is Treatment Suitability Determined and Progress Monitored?
To be considered a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy, a patient must have both verifiable low testosterone levels and measurable negative symptoms (like those mentioned above).
So, your symptoms and our dedication to your health and safety guide our treatment plan, which is based on recommendations from the Endocrine Society.
Your safety is paramount from the initiation of treatment onward — that means consistent monitoring of lab work by conducting regularly scheduled bloodwork.
We take that schedule for blood testing and frequent adjustment of your prescribed doses with the utmost seriousness — low testosterone levels fluctuate, so it’s important to administer correct doses to keep your testosterone in the optimum range AND in balance with your other hormones.
So ask you provider: How will you monitor my progress? How will you determine if I’m a good candidate for treatment?
5. What Methods Do You Use to Administer Supplemental Testosterone?
We continue to recommend weekly injections because they better ensure dosing accuracy, which is necessary to get you the results you expect. The goal of therapy is to have normal T levels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other available treatment options can make this simple concept very challenging.
While there have been a number of other products and delivery methods released to the market in recent years, other methods have proven far less reliable (You can read more on why we recommend injections here.)
Ask your provider: Do you use injections for testosterone replacement therapy? If not, why not? Frankly, if your provider does not use injections, you may want to reconsider.
6. What Improvement Can I Expect?
Let’s get down to the results — what should you reasonably expect your Low T clinic to deliver?
If you have clinically diagnosed hypogonadism (Low T), you should expect improvements in your symptoms as levels normalize and become more consistent.
Other benefits may include the following:
- Reduced Fat and Increased Muscle
- Improved Concentration
- Better Sleep Patterns
- Healthier Bone Density/Strength
- Increased Strength and Athletic Performance
- Improved Mood
- Better Insulin Sensitivity
- Improved Erectile Function
- Heightened Motivation
- Increased Sense of Well-Being
More information about how long treatment will take to begin having measurable effects is available here.
Ask your provider — what do you think my improvements will be? What kind of timeline can I expect? How soon will I feel better?
7. What Are the Possible Side Effects of Treatment and How Will You Mitigate Them?
Like any medical treatment, there are possible side effects with testosterone replacement therapy.
We’re entirely up front about any risks, and we are thoroughly prepared to explain exactly how we attempt to reduce the probability of negative side effects — not every Low T clinic is so willing, or so prepared.
Preventing side effects is about finding what dose is right for your body and monitoring your levels consistently to make sure we’re adjusting for any changes.
Our use of injections and frequent testing are key — we’re going to help you return to hormonal balance, not just some predetermined testosterone score.
It’s about individualized care — in this article, we discuss how the process works, and though we talk mostly about how therapy will take place at our Low T clinic, cost is discussed as well.
Ask your provider: What kind of side effects are possible from my treatment? What measures will you take to reduce them, mitigate them, or eliminate them?
Find One of Our Low T Clinics Near You
You have a variety of Low T center locations available to you if you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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