The First Visit: What to Expect From Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Before I started treatment, I really didn’t know what to expect from testosterone replacement therapy. I’ve been receiving testosterone therapy for about a year now, and I can say two things without a doubt: my everyday life has improved since starting, and … I wished I’d started sooner.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually started on the young side of the curve. I turn thirty-eight in a week, so I’m in the younger category of people receiving TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy), but even so – I probably could have started a few years sooner. The symptoms that led me to getting my levels checked were certainly there for a while before I went, and I can honestly and (very!) happily say that those symptoms have really gotten kicked to the curb since starting TRT.
One of the things that really kept me from moving forward was that I didn’t know what to expect from testosterone replacement therapy — at all. So I’ll give this advice to anyone reading: if you’re even remotely wondering if you have low testosterone, you should go get checked. Don’t put it off, book a free consultation today.
Seriously, it’s an easy process that’s made easier still by pleasant professionals that know what they’re doing and will make sure you’re informed and comfortable. You don’t need to feel embarrassed, hesitant, or like you have something to hide.
Up to 40% of men over the age of 45 (and many younger – like me!) experience hypogonadism, or low testosterone, and it’s a very treatable condition. What you’re doing is a proactive step toward maintaining your health and being the best you that you can be! Do it for you, do it for your wife, your kids, your job, whatever… but do it.
If you didn’t do it already—click here and get the ball rolling.
What to Expect From Testosterone Replacement Therapy after Submitting Your Information
First, you’ll get a phone call or email. A very nice person with great manners and a pleasant disposition will call you on the number you’ve given and schedule an appointment. If you are not utilizing the out-of-pocket pre-payment discounts, you’ll also be asked for your insurance information so that the cost information will be available for you as soon as you walk in for your appointment. Well, that was easy.
Next, you’ll go to your appointment. You’ll be welcomed by another nice person with great manners and a pleasant disposition as you walk in the door, and then you’ll be taken to meet with the medical provider. Yup, a real medical professional who is focused on exactly this subject.
You’ll go over your insurance coverage and be told what the costs will be (I was pleasantly surprised with how much my insurance covered), and then you’ll talk about you.
The provider wants to hear what symptoms you’re experiencing and discuss exactly what to expect from testosterone replacement therapy. For me, my biggest symptom was lethargy. My life was great, but I didn’t quite feel like me anymore. I still worked out, but the results were lagging, and I just didn’t feel the same intensity I used to. I was tired, even when getting plenty of sleep. I was a little more grumpy at times than I wanted to be, and I just knew I wasn’t at my best. Something was missing.
Well, I learned that all of those feelings can be indicative of low testosterone. I was told what the treatment options would be if I had low testosterone and what to expect from testosterone replacement therapy. It sounded great!
Because I scheduled my appointment before 10am (which most insurance companies require for Low T assessments), I had my levels checked. Look, I spent eight years in the Marines and have experienced some pretty horrific blood-draws by some pretty inexperienced hands—this was NOT one of those.
Having to deal with painful needles was definitely on my list of what to expect from testosterone replacement therapy, but that didn’t end up being the case at all. In the same comfortable room I’d already been in, a very competent professional made it quick and painless. These people are good at what they do.
I learned later that I could have scheduled my lab appointment for another day and just gone in to my first appointment to gather information, but I was really ready to get this problem figured out.
After they drew my blood, they sent it off to an offsite lab to get it tested. I really appreciated this part of the process because I knew they weren’t trying to trick me with some phony results—these guys are professionals, and they wanted to give me a legitimate diagnosis, not fill their pockets at my expense.
I got a phone call within a few days, and as it turned out, I was below the normal range. I set up my second lab test there so they could test the rest of my testosterone levels. After my second lab test, I got the second phone call and learned that all of my levels were below a normal range and that I was a candidate for TRT.
We talked about treatment options, and about a week after I first filled out a form online I was getting treatment for my Low T. I swear I’ve waited twice that long just to get to the first appointment with a doctor! That first treatment was fast, but more importantly:
That’s the most surprising part about TRT for me—when I was trying to figure out what to expect from testosterone replacement therapy, having it work right away was NOT on the list! And it’s been working ever since. My feeling of overall physical ‘meh’ has been replaced by ‘yup!’. I feel like me again.
The me that I like being. I’m not Superman (unless you ask my six year old), but I feel like every workout is a good workout, rather than drudgery. I’m back to being the cheerful and confident guy I feel like I should be. I feel up, when before TRT I might have felt flat. It’s GREAT.
I go once a week to discuss how things are going and to receive my injection. I get a text message the day before each visit so I won’t forget, and rescheduling is a breeze and without any cost.
Not kidding, it’s a life-changer and a positive you shouldn’t miss – and it’s easy.
If for some reason, you still haven’t booked your free consultation yet, DO IT. Speaking from experience? You won’t regret it.