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TRT Therapy Side Effects – What Are They?

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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?Magnifying Glass

There are several health benefits to be gained from being able to boost testosterone levels, most people leap straight to increased muscle mass.

Increased muscle mass is one of the main benefits of increased testosterone, you can find out more about this here: Testosterone And Muscle Building

There are also multiple other health benefits to be gained from being able to boost testosterone including:

  • Lowered body fat
  • Reduced risk of stroke
  • Improved sexual function
  • Increased energy,
  • Increased confidence & motivation
  • Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Reduced risk of developing some cancers
  • Reduced risk of depression & degenerative issues like dementia

Check out this article on Testosterone And Health – How Low T Effects Health for an extensive list of the issues you get having from low testosterone levels. You get even more benefits (than the ones listed) from having higher T levels, this article will help you understand what they are Testosterone And Health – The Benefits Of Higher Testosterone  

Do You Need Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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 Service article 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 doctor showing patient a computer screenconsider 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
  • Testicle Shrinkage
  • Increased risk of stroke & heart attack
  • It’s expensive

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.

depressed manLowered Sperm Count/ Infertility & Testicle Shrinkage

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.

The Cost 

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, Medichecks offer 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!

You can find out more about why I recommend medicheck blood tests for TRT here!

Final Thoughts & A Recommended TRT Service

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.

Take a look at this Home Testosterone Test – My recommended UK Service article – If it turns out you do have low T and you’ve decided that TRT is the way to go, make sure you with a reputable organisation, in the UK I can recommend Optimale they offer both tests and TRT.

You can use my discount code of WAR10 for A 10% Discount On All Orders, once again you can check them out on this link here: Optimale 

If you have any questions in regard to this article, TRT therapy side effects or this topic as a whole, drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.

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38 thoughts on “TRT Therapy Side Effects – What Are They?”

  1. Ron says:

    Health in general is such a bit issue and reading information about such topics is important, especially when done so effectively.
    Obviously well researched.
    Thank you
    Ron

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Ron,

      Thanks, I’m glad you found this useful!

      Don’t get me wrong, suffering from low testosterone is worse than the potential TRT therapy side effects; but the potential negatives do need to be considered.

      You can get a better idea of the side effects of low T here, testosterone and health

  2. Ellie says:

    I like the research you mention and link to in this post, Nate. Backing up health claims with independent studies is the gold standard for a good blog post, IMHO.

    Will you be doing a follow-up post on natural ways to increase testosterone levels?

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Ellie,

      Thanks I’m glad you’ve found this article useful!

      Yes I will be creating an article on ways to increase testosterone production, I suggest you check out foods that boost testosterone production and ways to increase testosterone naturally as a starting point for guidance.

  3. Shoot, I never thought about TRT before having children. That could cause some serious problems. I will definitely have to refer my friends here for them to check this out.

    I have been dealing with acne for a while actually, so it’s good to know that it’s not a problem associated with TRT usually.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Jacob,

      Yes unfortunately TRT can make potentially make infertile, yes please do advise any friends thinking about TRT therapy to take a look at this.

      It’s worth checking out foods that boost testosterone production & ways to increase testosterone naturally to get an idea of other ways to increase your T levels.

  4. Fiona says:

    Testosterone Replacement Therapy does sound like quite a drastic measure when considering the side effects that you have mentioned. Do you know how the treatment works? Is is just a matter of going in to get a shot from the doctor or do you need to take pills over a period of time?

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Fiona, 

      I do think it is an extreme as your initial solution, in some cases it is required but I would always recommend trying to increase testosterone levels naturally first. You can take the treatment in a number of ways, this incudes shots, pills and gels. The different types of treatments do have slightly different risks attached and some more than health risks than others. I would recommend checking out this foods that boost testosterone production article first, as your diet is a good place to start to increase testosterone levels.

      Thanks

      Nathan

  5. Dianne says:

    Hi there,

    You say that most men and a high number of woman suffer from low testosterone. How does a person know this to be the case? What are the signs to look out for that you are suffering in this way. 

    I definitely agree with you that lifestyle changes should be tackled first and foremost. Great advise there 😉

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Dianne, 

      Good question, if you check out this article on testosterone and health you’ll get an idea of the symptoms of low testosterone in men and women. 

      The best ways to test your levels are with a blood test, to get an idea of what your testosterone levels should be, check out this testosterone and health – benefits of healthy T article

  6. Jessica Lauren Vine says:

    Wow. That’s some serious side effects! I agree with you that it should only be a last effort instead of going to this right away. I am glad that you covered this in your article. I am sure there are a lot of people that have considered going with this treatment.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Jessica, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful, yes the number of men going for TRT therapy has greatly increased.I’m not saying it’s the wrong thing to do but there are times where a less extreme and cheaper approach like lifestyle changes can fix the issue, which is the case if you have slightly low testosterone levels.

  7. Chris says:

    thank you for this great post on TRT Therapy side effects.

    It is so great to know about health concerns before trying something new, some of these sound a bit scary, but it seems that it is rare. It is great that you have taken the time to share your knowledge with us all. 

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Chris, 

      I’m glad you found this article useful. 

      Yes suffering from TRT therapy side effects is moderately unlikely, in a lot of cases TRT therapy isn’t required, so I’ve always been of the opinion that it’s worth trying methods other than surgery, like lifestyle change first.

  8. jeysatified says:

    Your words were spoken with we readers in mind and that’s one thing I like about this article. Furthermore I want to state that you are very correct; TRT treatment is very vital even for some women who are low on it. 

    Reading your article made me realise just how important it is.

    As per the money, don’t they say health is wealth?

    Great post and cheers!

    Sharon Jey

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi,

      I’m glad you found this article useful, yes your testosterone levels does effect a lot of areas of your health, this testosterone and health article will help you understand further why having healthy testosterone levels is so important.

      While I agree health is wealth, it is possible to achieve healthy testosterone levels without forking for therapy, this Alternatives To Testosterone Replacement Therapy article will help you work out other cheaper methods to achive increased T

       

  9. Marcus Crowe says:

    This is a very important topic and I think it that it was very good of you to write an article about it. Raising awareness of this is vital.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Marcus,

      I’m glad you found this useful, yes unfortunately TRT can come with side effects, if you want to increase testosterone levels but want non surgery options, I suggest you check out this Alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy article.

  10. This is a great post, more people need to be aware of the side affects for things like this.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Kira,

      Thanks I’m glad you found it interesting, if you have any men in your family or your close to considering testosterone replacement therapy, please do get them to check out this site as TRT therapy side effects are really quite serious.

  11. C says:

    Thanks for the testosterone test. It sounds a lot easier than making a doctor’s appointment and having to go to that. Does trt make you dependent on exogenous testosterone for the rest of your life? That’s one of the issues with steroids is that people end up having less endogenous testosterone production since their body got used to the external hormones. 

    Also, do you know if trt is covered by Insurance in the United States? It sounds like it costs a lot and might not really be covered by insurance, so your tips on Lifestyle Changes might be better.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi C, 

      Yeah the same issue can apply with TRT therapy, your body becomes flooded with testosterone so it may stop producing its own. I’m not sure about insurance cover, I’d imagine the absolute top end of insurance may cover some form of testosterone treatments. You’re correct though even if it is covered by insurance lifestyle change is best, as you don’t have the TRT therapy side effects to deal with and you don’t run the risk of your bodies natural testosterone production coming to a halt!

  12. jessetoikkanen says:

    The nice-looking site and informative article I would say! Testosterone replacement therapy is the only effective way to get your testosterone levels on the recommended level. Still, there are thousands of companies manufacturing all sorts of natural testosterone “boosters”. Practically every single clinical study clearly shows no natural micro-nutrients of super-foods have any significant effect (or actually att all) on testosterone levels. I have been working in kihu, Finnish Research Institute for Olympic Sports and among 500 tested people, half competitive sportsmen and a half “normal people” there was up to 0,1% raises on s-testosterone and no any changes on free testosterone levels in their blood. But those natural “boosters” says always it “may” raise your testo levels. I could found a company to manufacture chocolate and say it may lower your cholesterol and help with nerve pains. However, thanks for an article of only working methods to boost testosterone levels! 
    -Kind regards Jesse

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Jesse, 

      I agree it is extremely hard to increase testosterone to the same amount that TRT Therapy does. It is possible to at least get to normal/ optimised levels 1000+ with lifestyle changes; but it’s not easy, it means your diet, training, and what items you use on a daily basis need an overhaul. even then it isn’t as effective as testosterone replacement therapy; but you do avoid the potential side effects. Completely agree about the majority of testosterone supplements though!

  13. DorcasW says:

    Hello; do you believe if people with Testosterone issues know that their lifestyle change can positively affect their Testosterone levels they would want to do therapy?

     I do believe that education is key to their decision on this wise. Therefore, I hope that more people will find your post and read it through with understanding so they can take the correct action.

    DorcasW

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Dorcas,

      I believe that you can do a lot to boost testosterone production through lifestyle changes. In some cases this will be enough that you don’t need to consider testosterone replacement Therapy/ TRT Therapy.

      In some scenarios TRT therapy will still be the best option; but following these tips will help improve the effectiveness of the therapy.

      I will always advise that people try these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy as the first port of call.

  14. Scott Hinkle says:

    Thank you for this very informative post.

    I’ve seen ads and whatnot about testosterone booting but I never really thought much about side effects.

    I have to say, unless there’s a medical need for the treatment, I’d opt for lifestyle changes before even entertaining anything with such side effects.  I mean really.  I already have semi moobies, I don’t need anything adding to them!  Sadly I’m joking (but not really).

    I’m going to do a bit more digging into this and see if even a lifestyle change could produce such side effects and try to determine which changes will provide the best results without the unwanted nasties.

    Thanks again,

    Scott

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Scott, 

      I’m glad you found the article interesting!

      Yeah, I suggest people look at the lifestyle changes first, due to the potential TRT therapy side effects. 

      It is pretty much vital for male health that you have a healthy levels of testosterone. If you are beginning to get man boobs, it would probably suggest that your testosterone levels are least slightly on the wrong side of “normal”

      Yeah check out my ways to increase testosterone naturally, increasing T naturally doesn’t bring side effects.

      Again making sure you have at least average levels is important and if you have optimised levels your health only benefits further. 

      I suggest you check out these articles on Testosterone And Health – How Low T Negatively Impacts Health to get a better understanding of why you need healthy T levels.

  15. Wayne says:

    Hello, Nate.  This is an interesting subject but one that I haven’t really been too concerned with and perhaps I don’t need to be being that I am a septuagenarian.  However, I can see why some would want to try this therapy. I mean, it has the potential to help in so many different areas of a man’s life.  Who wouldn’t want to have those benefits?

    Testosterone levels do become less as we get older so a little bit of help would be good for some providing they are careful and stop the treatment if and when the first signs of symptoms start to show up.

    As much as I would like to have some of those benefits, I’m 70 now and really, if what you say is true, those side effects aren’t worth the risk.  I’ve already had heart by-pass surgery and wouldn’t want to run the risk of having that again.  The other side effects?  Man boobs… don’t need help there.  Sex life… could be better but I can’t complain.  Energy level… doing ok in that department.  Eat well and walk a lot.

    Anyway, as I said, I’m 70 and some of the benefits just aren’t as important to me as they would have been when I was younger.  Maybe if I was 40 or 50 and having issues that could be fixed by this treatment but not now.  I’ll leave it for those that are younger. 

    Wayne

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Wayne,

      Thanks for your comment, I actually had no idea what a septuagenarian, I had to google that one, so thanks for dropping some knowledge on me lol.

      I’d agree that most the benefits you get from TRT in your 70’s would be a moot point. I would however suggest that, increasing your testosterone levels naturally will bring health benefits such as stronger bones, reduced risk of dementia and better heart health.

       So I’d consider checking out some of these articles on natural ways to increase testosterone, as you get the health benefits of higher T, without the potential TRT therapy side effects. 

  16. Rodarrick says:

    Well, just like you, i will consider this TRT therapy to be a last resort only after I have tried all other approaches to testosterone boosting. The pricing of the therapy is the major scare for me here. Being an average earner, adding that much to my expenditure would only bankrupt me and also, the side effects are just too massive and I am not willing to risk that much yet. Thanks

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Rodarrick, 

      Yeah if you are looking achieve a testosterone booster, I would advise trying to optimise your levels naturally first. While it can very effective, the TRT therapy side effects & cost do need to be something seriously consider. In many cases lifestyle changes are enough to make a difference and TRT can be bringing a sledgehammer for a nail type scenario!

  17. Stephanie says:

    I was surprised to see that this treatment can cause infertility. Wow! I wasn’t aware that it was that expensive. I mean, living in a capitalist society can be to blame, but still, it’s a shocker. How does someone can certainly know if they’re running low on testosterone? Besides a healthy lifestyle, what else can people use to prevent deficiency?

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hey Stephanie, 

      Yeah the treatments if not managed correctly can in reality be very dangerous & the potential TRT therapy side effects are quite worrying. The well respected clinics will advise customers of these side effects; but people need to be made aware, in case they find themselves unknowingly dealing with someone who are less than honest about the side effects. 

      I would always suggest getting your testosterone levels checked before taking any serious action, I work with a company that offer a home testosterone test 

      So having a healthier diet, increasing your resistance training and reducing your stress levels will help boost testosterone production & your health as a whole!

      On top of that it becomes about avoiding chemicals that lower testosterone & disrupt hormone balance as a whole, these chemicals are found in things most of us may use daily, you can find out more about where these chemicals are found here 24 Places Where Chemicals That Lower Testosterone Can Be Found

  18. Henderson says:

    Hello Nate, this is a very good post on this discourse. I have not given this therapy a thought yet but seeing that it has so many side effects even as much as having to go through stroke, one will have to be very careful not to fall for this one. It is very interesting to read this post here about testosterone level boosting and the TRT. I guess it will be better not to even think about the therapy. Thank you for this.

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi Henderson, 

      Thanks I’m glad you’ve found this article useful!

      In some scenarios testosterone replacement therapy will be required as the side effects of suffering from hypogonadism/ low testosterone are even worse! 

      That being said, I do advise that people look to increase testosterone naturally first and only consider TRT as a last resort, as the TRT therapy side effects, as you’ve rightfully pointed out can be pretty serious!

  19. John says:

    I have actually heard about this therapy before but i have not thought yet that i should give it a try. Reading this, i can see how it is not a great way to boost testosterone levels. I see all the side effects of the therapy and i feel like it is even going to cause more than what low testosterone levels would have done. It will be better to find better alternatives. Do you have a suggestion for that?

    1. Nate Stone says:

      Hi John, 

      Yeah testosterone replacement therapy is a difficult one! 

      Suffering from low testosterone/ hypogonadism is worse than TRT therapy side effects.

      Yeah I usually recommend these alternatives to testosterone replacement therapy that is assuming someone’s T levels aren’t so low that it needs immediate therapy. 

      If it is less extreme, I’m personally a believer, that trying increase testosterone levels naturally, is the healthier & far more cost effective option!

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