How much testosterone (T) should healthy adult males have? Research suggests as long as T levels are between 300ng/dL – 1,000 ng/dL, there isn’t a cause for concern. But what happens if T levels are too low?
Unfortunately, if T levels consistently dip below 300 ng/dL, men can experience many uncomfortable physical, mental, and emotional changes, and be diagnosed with a condition called low testosterone (low T), or hypogonadism.
While every man is different, the most common signs associated with low T, include low libido, decreased muscle mass, weight gain, sleep problems, hair loss, and fatigue. If you think you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you’re not alone! According to the American Urological Association, low T affects around 2% of adult men every year.
There are clinics like Renew Vitality in Portland, that specialize in helping men overcome the symptoms of low T with personalized testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Men go through several physically noticeable and internal challenges once their T levels drop below 300 ng/dL. That’s why so many men are turning to testosterone replacement therapy. In just one decade, the number of men 40 years and older taking testosterone therapy has tripled.
The science behind TRT essentially harnesses the power of androgen receptors by supplying the body with a series of controlled bioidentical testosterone supplements.
Usually, the body produces testosterone that activates by binding to androgen receptors. Even though hypogonadal men have the same amount of androgen receptors, some bodily processes like growth and sexual development stop functioning optimally, due to a lack of free or bioavailable testosterone to bind to the receptors.
Testosterone replacement therapy boosts overall T levels using patches, gels, or injections, to improve existing T levels and restore balance.
While each type of TRT is specifically designed to treat low T in men over 30, there are always risks to consider before starting any medical treatment. Topical solutions like gels and patches are convenient, but men can accidentally transfer the medication to family members.
Researchers warn clients that if women are exposed to testosterone medication, they can experience dangerous side effects like the development of masculine characteristics and features.
If men do to decide to use topical TRT, take the following safety precautions to lower the risk of transference:
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after each application
- Once the gel has dried, cover the medicated area with clothing
- Always thoroughly wash the medicated area with soap and water for 20 seconds if you anticipate skin-to-skin contact
The Renew Vitality team of wellness professionals prefers injectable testosterone therapy. Men can administer the injections once a week at home, making it a convenient solution for restoring T levels.
Our team goes the extra mile by closely monitoring clients throughout therapy. Bioidentical and natural hormones are sensitive. While some clinics don’t require blood panels for the duration of treatment, our team requires regular hormone screening to make sure the therapy is yielding excellent results.
Finding Good Low Testosterone Treatment in Portland
Portland, OR, has become a hotspot for environmentally conscious hipsters, rustic coffee shops, and countercultural fashion houses. The beautiful weather and scenic cityscape makes it the perfect city for long afternoon bike rides and browsing through eclectic bookstores.
With over 650,000 residents, Portland has earned its place as the most densely populated city in Oregon and the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest, narrowly beaten out by Seattle and Vancouver. Over the past decade, the city has experienced an astounding growth spurt, gaining 10,000 new residents every year since the start of 2010.
The median age for male Portlanders is 37, and over 50,000 male residents are at least in their 40s. Portlanders currently have five clinics offering low testosterone treatment options. Fortunately, Portland is home to one of the nation’s leading providers in testosterone replacement therapy and men’s health, Renew Vitality.
Renew Vitality Can Help
The Renew Vitality team of wellness professionals has years of dedicated experience offering high-quality service to men over 30. We pride ourselves on using breakthrough medical technology in every personalized wellness program we develop.
Our clients love our attention to detail. While some clinics will only meet with new clients for a few minutes before suggesting treatment options, we take the time to get to know our clients. We discuss their symptoms, medical history, schedule, and goals before designing an individualized wellness program.
Renew Vitality physicians understand that the success of your low T treatment plan is dependent on far more than medication. Our treatment incorporates a detailed nutrition plan, along with an exercise regimen that is designed to increase energy and T production naturally. If you’re ready to see what Renew can do for you, give us a call today.