Tips For Talking To Your Parntne​r About Testosterone

In the spirit of Love we dedicate this post to creating and maintaining strong and happy intimate relationships. Though women have been using hormones for decades, hormone therapy for men is a newly developing thing for most. It can be difficult to have conversations about testosterone treatment, libido, sexual desire and other aspects of low testosterone to your doctor, let alone your significant other. A common symptom of low T is a change in sexual desire, and trust me your woman will notice. This can cause some unwanted and unnecessary tension in a very good and loving relationship. Sex and intimacy is an important component in any intimate relationship, from both sides. Understanding what is happening and why it is happening can help you open the lines of communication, which is the key to overcoming the intimacy challenges that may occur from low T. Here are our tips to start the conversation about testosterone.

Tip#1: According to scientific studies, libido can be negatively affected by a myriad of things, including dehydration, sleep deprivation, an imbalance of hormones, work/life stress, and performance anxiety. This is why our first tip is to not be ashamed of whatever it is you are experiencing. There are lots of reasons, both psychological and physiological, that sex drive might be lower than usual. One idea is that men are socialized to think they need to be inherently good at things—and they’re more likely to feel like a bad performance might end up defining who they are, sexually. So whether they are aware or not they are more likely to opt out of something like sex, rather than risk not being able to bring their A-game.

Tip #2: When it comes to an imbalance of hormones or low testosterone there are many symptoms that come with it. You may feel more irritable, low energy, brain fog and just down and out, and the last thing you want is to be intimate with your partner. Trust me, if your lady knew how you were feeling she would completely understand because she too has felt all of the above symptoms due to her own hormones changing every day of every month. This is one thing that men may not understand, as you level out your hormones and they become stable, a woman’s hormones continuously change through their cycle, so they can completely understand any ups or downs you are experiencing. This is why the second tip is to be honest and communicate what you are experiencing. It may seem or feel weird to you but the chances of your partner being more compassionate and understanding then you might expect is your own perception. Don’t get in your own way when it comes to being honest.

Tip #3: The great thing about modern medicine is that they are finding and creating solutions to modern-day issues. As the world around us in constantly changing, so are we, so is our medicine, technology, design, thoughts and everything else connected to this human experience. Choosing to see change as a supportive aspect of life is a choice. Choose to believe that you can return back to feeling energized, aroused, clear-headed and strong again. Belief and outlook are a powerful thing, combined with the right treatment plan you can be back to feeling like yourself in no time. Let your partner know that you are doing what you can to return back to yourself or even a better version.

Tip #4: Though sex is important in a relationship, it is not everything. There are many ways to be intimate and show appreciation to your partner. In the meantime, you can consciously choose to do things in your relationship to show you care. With this the possibilities are endless. It can be as simple as taking out the garbage, bringing home a small gift, a foot rub, saying words of affection and appreciation or random acts of kindness towards them. Do other things to show your mate that the relationship is important to you, this will allow them to feel loved in many different ways. You could even go as far as learning their love language to find out how they really receive and give love. When a couple can identify their love language it is much easier to deepen the connection and show each other love in the way they really feel it. Follow this link to the love language test and why not do it together https://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/couples/.

Tip #5: As you start your treatment plan you will start to feel different. It may be difficult for your partner to know what the differences are. Give them updates on what is changing for you. Keeping them informed will keep the lines of communication open and also allow you to acknowledge how far you have come. As we make progress forward, often we miss the subtle changes and steps along the way. Raising your awareness will keep you encouraged and motivated to move in the direction you want to be going. You could even go as far as starting a gratitude journal or growth journal to jot your process.

Having a specialized team in your corner supporting you is an important component to implimenting any life change. The team at T Off is here to support your health and wellbeing. Feel free to ask your doctor, physicians assistant or medical assistant any questions about communicating to your partner. They have heard it all and are happy to have supportive conversations.

What Are The Different Forms Of Testosterone Treatment?

Forms of Testosterone Supplements

Testosterone replacement therapy is available in several forms. All can improve testosterone levels:

  • Skin patch: a skin patch is worn on the arm or upper body. It’s applied once a day. This option is high maintenance and difficult to regulate how much is actually getting into your system. It also produces waste and leaves sticky blotches on your skin.

 

  • Gels: come in packets of clear testosterone gel. Testosterone is absorbed directly through the skin when you apply the gel once a day. Some are applied directly to the skin and others inside the nose. This option is also difficult to regulate and not all products are created equally.

 

  • Mouth patch: is a tablet that sticks to the upper gums above the incisor, the tooth just to the right or left of the two front teeth. Applied twice a day, it continuously releases testosterone into the blood through the oral tissues. This option can create discomfort in the mouth where the patch is applied, it is also easy to overuse.

 

  •  Implants: available as pellets in the soft tissues. Your body slowly absorbs the testosterone into the bloodstream. This option is actually painful for the duration of the treatment. It is also difficult to regulate how much testosterone is being released int your system and when the pellets are getting low in levels. This can result in unexpected moodiness, fatigue and all other regular symptoms of low testosterone.

 

  • Injections: injected directly into the muscles weekly and is usually administered by a physician. This is the safest and most regulated way of having testosterone treatment. With the type of regulation that a physician can offer you are given a dosage related to your personal needs allowing you to function at your highest potential. As your treatment continues your levels are tested regularly and adjustments are made accordingly. 

Why not a simple testosterone pill? Oral testosterone is available. However, some experts believe oral testosterone can have negative effects on the liver. Using other methods, such as skin patches, gels, orally disintegrating tablets, or injections, bypasses the liver and gets testosterone into the blood directly.

 

At T Off Your Health, we closely regulate our patients’ testosterone levels and effectiveness of treatment on a weekly basis but also offer primary care input on the weekly visits that the patients have. We are not just testosterone specialists, we offer our patients a more rounded level of care that benefits their whole wellbeing. This can result in early disease detection, a more healthy and mobile lifestyle, and the opportunity to reach health goals with the necessary professional support.

 

Interested in learning more about the forms of testosterone treatment? Contact us today to set up an appointment 817-632-5400.

Testosterone Treatment- It’s About Feeling Your Best

There is a lot of questions about testosterone therapy. One article will say it’s necessary and the next will say it’s not. One article gives the benefits and the other the risks. It is good to be educated when deciding to move forward with treatment. It is also good to go to a doctor or clinic that is well versed in treatment.

The interesting thing about testosterone treatment is that the reasoning behind getting it can simply be to feel better, even feel your best. It’s amazing to hear from men that are on treatment talk about how much better they feel on the daily. It’s also amazing to hear from their wives how much happier they are in their relationship because their spouse decided to get treatment. I even had one woman tell me she believed it saved her marriage.

So what are the better feelings that our patients report experiencing from the treatment they receive? Here’s what our patients are saying:

  1. Body: an increase in energy, renewed bone density, increase muscle mass, and results of physical activity will come easier as they did when you were younger.
  2. Brain: increase in mental clarity, decrease in moodiness, leveling of emotions, increase in concentration.
  3. Sleep: an increase in the quality of sleep
  4. Sexual: a return of sexual desire, more intense pleasure

Today, taking care of one’s self is of high importance. We realize that if we are not taking care of self we are not able to support ourselves or the ones we love to our fullest potential. It’s more about living life to its fullest and having the energy to do so.

Are you ready to start feeling your best? Make an appointment with one of our clinics by calling 817-632-5400.

 

Potential Benefits And Risks Of Testosterone Therapy As You Age

Considering testosterone therapy to help you feel younger and more vigorous as you age? Know the risks before you make your decision.

The promise of testosterone therapy may seem enticing, but there are a lot of misconceptions about what the treatment can and can’t do for you. As you get older, testosterone therapy may sound like the ultimate anti-aging formula.

Yet the health benefits of testosterone therapy for age-related decline in testosterone aren’t as clear as they may seem. Find out what’s known — and not known — about testosterone therapy for normal aging.

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles. Testosterone helps maintain men’s:

  • Bone density
  • Fat distribution
  • Muscle strength and mass
  • Facial and body hair
  • Red blood cell production
  • Sex drive
  • Sperm production

What happens to testosterone levels with age?

Testosterone levels generally peak during adolescence and early adulthood. As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines — typically about 1 percent a year after age 30 or 40. It is important to determine in older men if a low testosterone level is simply due to the decline of normal aging or if it is due to a disease (hypogonadism).

Hypogonadism is a disease in which the body is unable to produce normal amounts of testosterone due to a problem with the testicles or with the pituitary gland that controls the testicles. Testosterone replacement therapy can improve the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in these men. Our physicians prescribe testosterone as an injection.

Does a naturally declining testosterone level cause the signs and symptoms of aging?

Not necessarily. Men can experience many signs and symptoms as they age. Some may occur as a result of lower testosterone levels and can include:

  • Changes in sleep patterns. Sometimes low testosterone causes insomnia or other sleep disturbances.
  • Physical changes. Various physical changes are possible, including increased body fat, reduced muscle bulk and strength, and decreased bone density. Swollen or tender breasts (gynecomastia) and body hair loss are possible. You may have less energy than you used to.
  • Emotional changes. Low testosterone may contribute to a decrease in motivation or self-confidence. You may feel sad or depressed, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.
  • Changes in sexual function. This may include reduced sexual desire, fewer spontaneous erections — such as during sleep — and infertility.

Some of these signs and symptoms can be caused by various underlying factors, including medication side effects, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid problems, diabetes and depression. It’s also possible that these conditions may be the cause of low testosterone levels, and treatment of these problems may cause testosterone levels to rise. A blood test is the only way to diagnose a low testosterone level.

Can testosterone therapy promote youth and vitality?

Testosterone therapy can help reverse the effects of hypogonadism, but it’s unclear whether testosterone therapy would have any benefit for older men who are otherwise healthy.

Although some men believe that taking testosterone medications may help them feel younger and more vigorous as they age, few rigorous studies have examined testosterone therapy in men who have healthy testosterone levels. And some small studies have revealed mixed results. For example, in one study healthy men who took testosterone medications increased muscle mass but didn’t gain strength.

What are the risks of testosterone therapy for normal aging?

Testosterone therapy has various risks. For example, testosterone therapy may:

  • Contribute to sleep apnea — a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts
  • Cause acne or other skin reactions
  • Stimulate noncancerous growth of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and growth of existing prostate cancer
  • Enlarge breasts
  • Limit sperm production or cause testicle shrinkage
  • Increase the risk of a blood clot forming in a deep vein (deep vein thrombosis), which could break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism)

In addition, testosterone therapy may impact your risk of heart disease. Research has had conflicting results, so the exact risk isn’t clear yet.

Should you talk to your doctor about testosterone therapy?

If you wonder whether testosterone therapy might be right for you, talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits. Your doctor will likely measure your testosterone levels at least twice before discussing whether testosterone therapy is an option for you.

A medical condition that leads to an unusual decline in testosterone may be a reason to take supplemental testosterone.

Article source information: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/testosterone-therapy/

The Real Causes of Low Testosterone

Low testosterone (low T) affects 4 to 5 million men in the US.
Testosterone is an important hormone in all human bodies, male and female, but is higher and more commonly associated with men. Testosterone naturally starts to decrease each year after age 30, which in some men this can be substantial. It’s not just older men that are affected by low T, young men, even babies, and children, can also have this problem. The key is to recognize the signs of low T and have your levels checked regularly, then to attempt to understand where the dysfunction has originated.

The primary symptoms of low T are actually pretty basic; fatigue, mental cloudiness, moodiness, fat gain, loss of muscle mass, low bone density, a decrease in mood, decrease in sexual desire and lastly low libido.

There are two types of hypogonadism, being primary and secondary hypogonadism which are the causes of Low Testosterone.

Primary hypogonadism

Underactive testes cause primary hypogonadism. That’s because they don’t manufacture sufficient levels of testosterone for optimal growth and health. This underactivity can be caused by an inherited trait or by accident or illness.

Inherited conditions include:

  • Undescended testicles: When the testicles fail to descend from the abdomen before birth
  • Klinefelter’s syndrome: A condition in which a man is born with three sex chromosomes: X, X, and Y.
  • Hemochromatosis: Too much iron in the blood causes testicular failure or pituitary damage

Types of testicle damage that can lead to primary hypogonadism include:

  • Physical injury to the testicles: Injury must occur to both testicles to affect testosterone levels.
  • Mumps orchitis: A mumps infection can injure testicles.
  • Cancer treatment: Chemotherapy or radiation can damage testicles.

Secondary hypogonadism

Secondary hypogonadism is caused by damage to the pituitary gland or hypothalamus. These parts of the brain control hormone production by the testes.

Inherited or disease conditions in this category include:

  • Pituitary disorders caused by drugs, kidney failure, or small tumors
  • Kallmann syndrome, a condition connected to abnormal hypothalamus function
  • Inflammatory diseases, such as tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, and histiocytosis, which can impact the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus
  • HIV/AIDS, which can affect the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, and testes

Acquired circumstances that can lead to Low T include:

  • Normal aging: Aging affects production and response to hormones.
  • Obesity: High body fat can affect hormone production and response.
  • Medications: Opioid pain meds and steroids can affect the function of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus.
  • Concurrent illness: Severe emotional stress or physical stress from an illness or surgery can cause the reproductive system to temporarily shut down.

You may be affected by primary, secondary, or a mixed hypogonadism. Mixed hypogonadism is more common with increased age. The acquired circumstances can be dealt with through a more balanced lifestyle and a higher level of self-care. We can support you in creating a plan to implement more healthy habits in addition to testosterone replacement treatment.

The first step is to know your levels. Come into our clinic for a quick blood test and get your results within 15 minutes. You then have choices that you can discuss with one of our experienced providers. You deserve to feel your best and we are here to make your reality.

Contact our corporate office for any inquiries or booking needs. Call 817-345-0303 today.

New Specialty Services Being Launched At T Off Men’s Health

To serve our patients and the community at a higher level we are adding a variety of new services, some of which are in place and some we are adding in the very near future.
Therapeutic phlebotomy is already in place at each of our clinics. This is a medical term for a blood draw. The reason for this service is if a patient needs to donate/ remove blood from their bloodstream to lower the viscosity of their blood. In the past, we have had to refer patients to outside clinics for this service, but would prefer to keep as many treatments in-house as possible.
Botox is being administered at each clinic as well. We are using the term “BRO-TOX” as we believe that men definitely deserve to preserve their young supple looking skin as much as women do. Botox was designed to remove wrinkles in a safe, non-evasive way and has been used for years with stunning results.
Upcoming Services we will be adding are IV Hydration. The doctor has been saying for years that 8 glasses of water per day is a step toward whole health. This IV hydration will level you out when you get overly dehydrated for one reason or another. The aim is to hydrate you back to life. This is not yet in place but please stay tuned for more information.
We, the T Off Team are very excited to be introducing these new services to keep you feeling your best inside and out. For more information about any of the service or to book an appointment please call 817-345-0303 or ask your provider during your next visit.

The Benefits Of Testosterone Treatment

Maybe at this point, you’ve heard talk of low testosterone, maybe you’ve looked into it, maybe you wrote it off as an “I don’t need that”, kind of thing.  The fact of the matter is that there are millions of American’s walking around feeling the effects of low testosterone, not knowing that is what they are actually experiencing and they are sacrificing quality of life due to being undiagnosed. One of the interesting things about low T is that people don’t talk about it. Hormone replacement for women, for one reason or another, has been happening for decades. Low testosterone in men, on the other hand, is something that doctors and scientists have been tapping into more and more and doing research to learn about the effects of testosterone hormone therapy.

We have written previous blogs about the symptoms of low testosterone in the hopes of opening the conversation and raising awareness. Many people are under the assumption that as long as you can get an erection, you do not have low testosterone. This simply is not the case, low libido is actually often the last symptom to arrive. Just for review sake, the most common symptoms of low T are fatigue, irritability, weight gain, mental fogginess, and muscle loss, followed by a drop in your sex drive and ability to perform long after the other symptoms have become problematic.

This is not an article to dive into the symptoms, we’ve already covered that. This is a blog to discuss the benefits that are experienced once testosterone therapy has taken effect. It’s not just about sex, or desire or erections, it’s about quality of life.

Here are the top 5 benefits of testosterone therapy:

#1- Increase in energy levels

Do you remember the days when you could get up in the morning, work hard all day, come home and head out to play or watch football with your buddies and grab wings getting home by midnight to get up at 6 am to do it all over again? Or maybe when your kids were first born and you would be running on minimal sleep but still have the energy you needed to mow the lawn or head out for a softball game or late night grocery run? Is that energy reserve long dried up? An increase in vitality, stamina, and drive are a reported result of testosterone replacement. This is because your body slows down the production of testosterone as you age, so giving your body what it had, to begin with, is returning the body to its younger state of function.

#2- Mental clarity and increase in cognitive function

How would you like to feel focused on tasks at hand? What about being able to remember people, places, and experiences more clearly? What if you could retain information like you used to? Testosterone binds to proteins throughout your body and brain called androgen receptors. With an increase in testosterone, there is a natural increase of androgen receptors increasing the amount of brain function.

#3- Improved mood

“In some ways, the impact on mood is one of the most profound benefits of T that we see,” says Dr. Morgentaler. “Not everybody has that, but when we see it, it’s remarkable. In my practice, patients will say, ‘Oh, my mood’s OK, maybe I just feel a little bit tired or blah.’ And they come back and they say things like, ‘I wake up in the morning and I’m optimistic about my day. I haven’t felt that way in years.'” -inscribed from Men’s Health Website https://www.menshealth.com/health/a19536692/testosterone-therapy-effects/

#4- Easier to build muscle

Muscles are very responsive to testosterone, this being one of the most physically noticeable benefits of T therapy. It’s not that testosterone replacement automatically builds muscle, you will have to put in some work, but it does take less action to produce better results. So if you are trying to bulk up, and doing everything you can, and not seeing the results you are looking for, low T may be the culprit.

#5- Increase in sex drive

Even if you are not experiencing low libido, you may still have low T. This doesn’t mean that when you are on hormone therapy treatment that it won’t be beneficial to your sex life. Testosterone therapy can increase your desire for sex, can increase the sensitivity and stiffness of your erection, and in turn, increase your sexual pleasure in multiple ways. Another thing to keep in mind is that testosterone therapy actually decreases your sperm count, so if you are wanting or not wanting to procreate that will come as a pro or a con for testosterone therapy.

 

If these benefits haven’t at least sparked your interest in finding out your levels, at least they have educated you about the benefits of being on testosterone. To find out your levels is a quick appointment, you can then discuss your options with one of our providers.

 

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us through our website or call one of our offices. We are here to get you back to feeling great and restore your quality of life.