Testosterone replacement therapy, also known as TRT, is a type of hormone therapy treatment that restores men’s testosterone levels. Low T causes many frustrating symptoms, ranging from poor health to low libido, but TRT can help alleviate them. Unfortunately, many misconceptions prevent men from seeking the treatment they need. So, read on as we at Forward Wellness dispel four myths about TRT, then visit our Crawfordville clinic for treatment.
Common Misconceptions About Testosterone Replacement Therapy
TRT Is for Athletes and Bodybuilders
While TRT can benefit athletes and bodybuilders with low testosterone levels, it can also benefit any man who is struggling with low T. Men experiencing low testosterone levels may face fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, decreased sex drive, and a list of other issues. But with TRT, they can improve their quality of life and alleviate those symptoms.
TRT Is Dangerous and Has Many Harmful Side Effects
Although TRT has some risks, when managed by an experienced healthcare professional at Forward Wellness, it's considered safe and effective. Most side effects occur from inaccurate dosing or failure to follow treatment instructions. Generally, TRT has minimal side effects, but occasional reactions may include acne, mood swings, oily skin, and swelling and tenderness of the breast tissue.
TRT Will Cause Testicular Shrinkage
This particular misconception causes fear in many men. However, the therapy itself does not lead to testicular shrinkage. The lack of natural testosterone production in the body can cause testicular shrinkage, which is already in progress before TRT therapy is introduced. After starting TRT, however, it’s possible to restore and stabilize a healthy testosterone level, which may reverse testicular shrinkage.
TRT Can Cause Prostate Cancer
There is some confusion over the possibility of testosterone leading to an increased risk of prostate cancer. However, there is no known link between testosterone and the development of prostate cancer, so don’t let this myth keep you from seeking treatment.