If you have spent any time researching low testosterone therapy, you have probably encountered a wide variety of information that can seem overwhelming and at times, contradictory. As the experts on low testosterone replacement therapy in Tempe, we’d like to set the facts straight. In this blog, we will look at five common myths surrounding low testosterone. Knowledge is power, and separating lies from truth can help you to make the right decision when it comes to your health and your life.
Myth: Testosterone therapy can cause prostate cancer.
This is one of the oldest myths surrounding testosterone replacement therapy. It stretches all the way back to the 1940s. Unfortunately, the reason that this myth has persisted for so long is that it is based off of actual scientific studies. As with many studies from back then, the results have been thoroughly debunked, but the misinformation still persists. Modern studies have conclusively determined that there is no link between testosterone replacement therapy and prostate cancer.
Myth: Low testosterone is a natural part of aging.
As you age, your testosterone levels will naturally decrease. But they should never fall outside of the normal range of testosterone. The symptoms of low testosterone are not natural and will not be brought on by the natural decrease in testosterone that happens as you age, unless you were already bordering on having low testosterone to begin with. The truth is, low testosterone affects men of all age groups.
Myth: A decreased sex drive is the only symptom of low testosterone.
It is definitely true that your sex drive will decrease if you suffer from low testosterone. And, while this in itself is a serious symptom, it is far from the only one. Low testosterone can also cause severe fatigue, a lack of motivation, a loss of bone density and muscle mass (leading to an overall feeling of weakness), and mood swings. On their own, each of these symptoms can be a challenge. Together, they are nothing short of devastating.
Myth: Testosterone therapy causes baldness.
Male pattern baldness is determined by genetics, not testosterone levels. If you are predestined to lose your hair as you age, testosterone replacement therapy can neither help this nor hurt it. It is completely independent of your testosterone levels.
Myth: Testosterone is dangerous.
One of the overarching themes that is present in most of these myths is that testosterone replacement therapy is somehow dangerous. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Testosterone therapy is extremely safe, and provides a bevy of benefits to those who suffer from low testosterone. Of course, it is always important to learn as much as you can about any treatment plan you wish to undergo, and to consult with your doctors before making any decisions.
We hope that this blog has helped to clear up some of the confusion surrounding low testosterone replacement therapy. Knowing the facts is an essential part of knowing whether or not this treatment is right for you. To learn more, contact us today to schedule your initial appointment. We can help you determine if low testosterone is the cause of your symptoms, and answer any additional questions you might have. Call today!