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 Look To Increase Testosterone At All
There are several health benefits to be gained from having healthy 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 higher T levels including, lowered body fat, reduced risk of stroke, improved sexual function, increased energy, confidence & motivation to name a few. Check out this Testosterone And Health – How Low T Effects Males article for an extensive list of the issues you get having from low testosterone levels, to give you an idea of why you will want to increase your T and make sure levels are healthy in the first place.
Do You Need Testosterone Replacment Therapy
While a lot of men (and a high number of women) suffer from low testosterone, for most people this is something that can likely be changed by lifestyle change, things like changing your diet, increasing the amount of sleep you get & changing some of your daily routines can be enough to ensure your testosterone levels return healthy & slightly high levels.
TRT therapy is without question an extremely efficient way to increase testosterone levels but for me it should be your last scenario & consider 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 look at increasing your testosterone levels, whether you personally should consider TRT therapy, & the likelihood of you experiencing side effects if you do consider replacement therapy. So now lets go in the actual TRT therapy side effects, the most common ones are as follows:
- Growth of “breast” tissue
- 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.
Lowered Sperm Count/ Infertility & Testicle Shrinkage
Increasing testosterone exogenously (not naturally) can potentially stunt the production of the hormones that are responsible for sperm production, hence why sperm count can be lowered/ infertility be 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
This occurs because when serum levels of testosterone are increased, an increase in the secretion of sebum can also occur, this can lead to the development of acne. Acne as a result of TRT therapy 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
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 final approach after making lifestyle changes and that not working. If you do feel like you seriously suffer from low T, I’d advise to get a test done (you can get home testing kits)or consulting your doctor and they can advise whether your levels are low enough that you should consider TRT. If you have any questions in regard to this article or this topic as a whole, drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.