The Potential TRT Therapy Side Effects What Are They?
A Couple Of The TRT Therapy Side Effects Will Likely Shock You, Check Out What They Are Here!
TRT therapy (Testosterone replacement therapy) is a highly effective way to increase T production; but like all medical procedures it does come with potential side effects, so in this article we’re going to look at what the potential trt therapy side effects are, so you can make an educated decision if it is the right way for you to go.
Why Would You Want To Boost Testosterone Levels?
There are several health benefits to be gained from being able to boost testosterone levels, most people leap straight to increased muscle mass.
While a lot of men (and a fair amount of women) suffer from low testosterone, for most people this is something that can be addressed by lifestyle change, changing & improving your diet & exercise regimes, increasing the amount of sleep you get & changing some of your daily routines.
TRT therapy is without question an extremely efficient way to boost testosterone production and levels; but for me it should be your last option & you should look at lifestyle change first. If you’re very worried that your testosterone levels are low I’d strongly recommend consulting your doctor or to get a test done to establish your testosterone levels.
Getting a testosterone test organised through your doctor can be quite a time consuming process and involve jumping through a number of hoops. I advise checking out this Home Testosterone Test – My recommended UK Servicearticle to find out more about how testosterone testing services normally work and to see what my recommended service in the UK is.
How Many People Experience Side Effects?
The number of people who experience immediate side effects are actually fairly low, it should be noted that you are more likely to suffer from side effects the older you are.
TRT Therapy Side Effects
So now we’ve looked at why you may want to boost testosterone levels, whether you personally should consider TRT therapy, & the likelihood of you experiencing side effects.
Lets go in to the actual TRT therapy side effects, the most common ones are as follows:
Growth of “breast” tissue/ development of man boobs
Lowered Sperm Count/ Infertility
Oily skin & acne
Increased risk of blood clots
Increased risk of stroke & heart attack
As you can see there are a few different side effects, most of them aren’t that pleasant. I have included the fact that is expensive. While the cost isn’t strictly a “side effect” it is one of the draw backs of TRT therapy, especially when compared to the cost of life style changes you can make.
So now we are going to look at each of the potential side effects in a bit more details.
Growth of breast Tissue
This is usually referred to as moobs/ man boobs or by the medical team gynecomastia. This growth of breast tissue is usually down to an excess of estrogen, the reason this sometimes occurs as one of the TRT therapy side effects is the therapy can lead to an excess of testosterone in the body and this excess can potentially be converted to estrogen causing breast enlargement.
If you boost testosterone exogenously (not naturally), it can potentially stunt the production of the hormones that are responsible for sperm production, hence why sperm count can be lowered/ infertility caused.
The stunting of these hormones production can also lead to testicular atrophy/ testicle shrinkage. If you are still planning to start a family or have further children, this is something that needs to be considered before starting TRT.
Oily Skin & Acne
When serum levels of testosterone are extremely increased, an increase in the secretion of sebum can also occur, this can lead to the development of acne. Acne as one of the TRT therapy side effects is fairly rare & is more associated with steroid use.
Increased risk of blood clots
Studies have shown that there is fairly high risk (up to 63%) of suffering from blood clots in the first six months of TRT therapy. The risk does seem to decline after that but it is definitely something you should consider before doing TRT therapy and a doctor be consulted in regard to your risk prior to moving ahead with therapy, you can find out more about the study & get more in depth figures & findings here: TRT Therapy Side Effects
Increased Risk Of Stroke & Heart Attack
TRT can lead to developing something called polycythemia, this occurs in over 20% of men. Polycythemia can lead to an increased incidence of vascular events, including stroke & heart attacks.
While this isn’t an actual side effect it is potentially one of the bigger draw backs of TRT therapy, especially if you compare with the costs’ lifestyle changes.
The costs’ will vary dependent on the type of treatment you opt for. To give you an idea in the UK, most initial consultations cost you in the range of £300 – £400, a follow up consultation is usually a similar costs’, blood tests from the doctors will cost in the region of £150 and then the actual treatments themselves can cost anywhere between £60 & £90 per month on average.
As I’ve mentioned dependent on the type of treatments you opt for, where you live (country & part of country)and the doctor or clinic you engage, the cost will vary but hopefully you get a feel for the sort of costs’ involved.
Further Reading Resource
I wanted to direct you to an article where you can do further reading & gain more in depth medical understanding of the side effects, check out this article on TRT therapy side effects
Already Started Or Have Decided You Are Going to Start TRT Therapy?
If you’ve decided that you want to go ahead with TRT Therapy or are already taking part, the testosterone testing and blood testing company that I work with, Medichecksoffer a TRT health check.
This is a comprehensive health check for men which includes a full blood count, kidney, liver, thyroid function, cholesterol, hormones and PSA. This test monitors & reports to you everything you need to know to make sure that your TRT is working efficiently and safely!
I hope you have found this article on TRT therapy side effects useful. As I’ve mentioned above, for me I’d look at it as the last option after making lifestyle, diet and workout routine changes. If those changes don’t work or if you feel like you seriously suffer from low T, I’d advise to get home testosterone test completed.