Testosterone

TESTOSTERONE:
also known as an androgen or chemically known as
17-beta-hydroxy-4-androstene-one is the most important sex hormone. Though
testosterone is more dominate within males women also produce testosterone at
about a rate of one-tenth to one-twelfth of male production. In males
testosterone is produced in the testes and in females produced in the ovaries.
Testosterone can be administered in many ways: injection, gel, cream, patch,
pill, or sublingual. The preferred method or application for males is through
injection and in women is cream or gel.

Testosterone In Males: In males testosterone is a strong factor in developing
typical adult male attributes such as penis and teste enlargement, facial and
pubic hair growth, increases in muscle mass and bone mass. The body
continuously controls the production of testosterone by releasing chemical
signals from the pituitary gland; lutinizing hormone (LH); and from the
hypothalamus . Testosterone In Women: In women testosterone is also present but
like previously stated in a range about one-tenth to one-twelfth of what is
originally produced by males. Women production of testosterone takes place
within the ovaries and adrenal glands. As a woman grows older and reaches
menopause their production of testosterone is nearly cut in half. This
reduction in testosterone can cause a decrease in energy and loss in libido. By
adding a small amount of testosterone to a current HRT Program or by itself a
woman can experience a great increase in libido and energy. Though there are
risks in women taking testosterone example oily skin,an increase of blood
pressure, and possible masculine characteristics these side-effects are minimal
when carefully monitored by a trained physician

Andropause:
As men age, their ability to produce testosterone declines. As this stage is
similar to female menopause it is less subtle. Also, some men’s production of
LH decreases with aging, which lowers testosterone production. Moreover, a
protein that binds up and holds onto testosterone called sex hormone binding
globulin (SHBG) increases in older men. This reduces the amount of free
(unbound) testosterone in the blood that is available to tissues, such as
muscles. Aging also causes changes in the daily cycle of testosterone production.
For example, younger men show a peak of testosterone in the morning, but this
finding is blunted in older men. The decrease in testosterone production as men
age and symptoms associated with testosterone deficiency are sometimes referred
to as andropause.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone: Studies have shown that men with low testosterone
can become frail, lose muscle mass and suffer bone fractures due to
osteoporosis. Some data has suggested that testosterone therapy can lead to
increases in muscle mass and strength. Researchers also have shown that men who
are testosterone-deficient may be more likely to experience depression and
reduced quality-of-life than men who produce adequate amounts of the hormone.
Other signs of low testosterone in men may include decreased sex drive, poor
erections by the penis; erectile dysfunction (ED), lowered sperm count and
reduced fertility, or increased breast size. Men also may have symptoms similar
to those seen during menopause in women – hot flashes, increased irritability,
inability to concentrate, and depression.

Benefits of Testosterone Therapy: Testosterone replacement therapy has been
proven to improve both physical and psychological functioning. Improvements
have been proven in areas of mood, mental clarity, energy, maintaining
masculine characteristics (not experience in women with lower dosages),
increases in lean muscle mass, increases in bone density, sex interest, and
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