At Infinity Life Center we are not a testosterone replacement mill. We look at your testosterone replacement therapy as part of a more in depth men’s wellness program of total health. There are many aspects to total optimization of health in men. These include a comprehensive evaluation including health history, a physical exam and looking at exercise patterns. We will also be analyzing your medications, supplements, food intake and other factors.
Testosterone in males is indeed the primary male hormone. it is important in acquiring muscle mass, strength and stamina. It effects your mood and sleep patterns as well as sex life. These enter the our equation to obtain not only normal health, but beyond to optimized health.
Unfortunately, as males age they lose approximately 1 % of their testosterone production per year. So by age 6o most men have lost 30 % or more. The percentage of testosterone loss varies of course from individual to individual. Some lose a lot more due to other health conditions and life style. We have seen some male patients with hypogondal changes early and have only 50% of what would be considered normal at age 35.
A lack of testosterone can lead to:
- Lack of muscle growth even with exercise
- Decreased sex drive and sexual stamina
- Mood changes
- Lack of energy
- Easily fatigued
- Decreased cardiovascular health
- Metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance
- Low energy
- Decreased Athletic Performance
- Poor cognitive function.
There are other hormones, proteins and metabolites which come into play such as DHEA, Estrogen, LH, and SHBG. These can all effect testosterone levels and production.
Benefits of TRT
Most of our patients who benefit from Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) do see changes which are beneficial such as :
- Lean Body Mass Increase
- Positive Bone density changes
- Increased stamina and energy
- Increase sex drive
- Correction of erectile dysfunction
- Mental clarity
State of the Art Testosterone Replacement Therapy
A comprehensive program can have profound effects on your life when taken thoughtfully and with care. Too many “testosterone doctors“ get you in and out, rather than take the time to fully evaluate your need for testosterone and other complementary interventions. State of the art wellness clinics will not only evaluate your testosterone levels but go beyond.
Our approach is multifactorial:
We evaluate your estrogen effects caused by TRT, in that you may require an estrogen blocker such as Tamoxifen, Arimidex or another agent. The reason this is important is that TRT can cause increased levels of estrogen with side effects such as gynecomastia, breast discomfort, cloudy thinking and even water retention. Though rare these conditions can be a direct result of excess estrogen. We must balance this with the very good benefits of TRT when needed.
Though not common, TRT can lead to testicular atrophy since they do not have to work as hard to maintain testosterone levels. If you don’t use it you can lose it. This can lead to lower sperm counts and other issues. We have found that hCG when combined with testosterone therapy can prevent this as well as reverse some of the changes. This is well known to body builders who have been on too much “juice”. Proper balance of these therapies is done by state of the art clinics, where many do not even know of this.
TRT can have some side effects and that is why its best to have an experienced health care professional monitor your progress. This will include laboratory blood test every 3 to 6 months or as needed. We will start off the initial consultation with required blood test many times paid for by your insurance. Then we will require another test at 4 weeks, 3 months and 6 months to make sure your testosterone levels are optimal and check for unwanted side effects.
Cost considerations of testosterone replacement therapy.
The out of pocket cost for the TRT program at Infinity Life Center will vary depending on your individual circumstances. The initial consultation, if not covered by insurance will be 150.00 dollars and if you receive an initial injection of testosterone the total office visit and injection is 175.00. The men’s wellness monthly TRT program will range in cost from 95.00 to 250.00. Laboratory cost if not covered by insurance are not included in these figures. We will do all we can to keep your cost minimal and maintain quality and safety.