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Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Chicago Vitality

Men's Health & Testosterone Replacement located in Schaumburg, IL & Chicago, IL

Not all men have symptoms when they suffer from low testosterone levels. But if you’re starting to notice a decrease in your energy levels, sex drive, a loss in body hair, or other warning signs of low testosterone, the providers at a Chicago Vitality facility may recommend screening procedures to check testosterone levels. With three convenient offices in Chicago, Schaumburg, and Naperville, Illinois, each focusing on men’s health and testosterone replacement treatments, you have options for scheduling your first appointment. Call one of our offices for parameters on scheduling your first appointment.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy Q & A

How does testosterone replacement therapy work?

Testosterone replacement therapy is a custom treatment that helps bring your testosterone levels back to normal acceptable levels. It requires you to have your testosterone levels checked multiple times before you get started, a customized treatment plan is then set up by one of our providers.

Testosterone replacement therapy aids in restoring and maintaining your:

  • Muscle mass
  • Bone structure
  • Fat distribution
  • Body hair
  • Libido and sperm production

Why would I need testosterone replacement therapy?

You don’t necessarily need testosterone replacement therapy just because your testosterone is running low. However, your doctor may start you on testosterone replacement therapy if you experience the following:

  • Brittle bones
  • Low sex drive
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Low sperm production

Does testosterone replacement come in a pill form?

Yes, but medical experts have found that getting your testosterone through a pill can be damaging to your liver. Instead, your doctor typically provides other liver-bypassing formularies to increase your testosterone level back to pre-symptom levels.   

Contrary to what the pharmaceutical industry may want you to believe, Testosterone replacement therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all prescription and isn’t for everyone.   It is imperative that you see a QUALIFIED provider to assess your condition.   Most general medical providers would agree that they are not proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of Hypogonadism (low-T), Our providers have extensive education and experience with this condition and ensure that your treatment plan is specific to you.   

Will I feel better if I start testosterone replacement therapy?

If your symptoms are found to be directly related to low testosterone level, then replacing your testosterone should at a minimum lessen your symptoms and often allows the patient to be symptom-free once the ideal individual serum testosterone level is achieved.  In our experience the time that it takes for the average patient to feel normal again varies;  some patients respond almost immediately and within a few weeks are already feeling great, other patients take awhile longer to completely respond.   

  • Libido and erection quality
  • Energy level
  • Mood and anxiety

Behind the scenes, your testosterone treatment can be improving symptoms that aren’t as obvious. For instance, it can help:

  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Increase bone density
  • Boost muscle mass

If you don’t start noticing an improvement within a few weeks, schedule a follow-up appointment. Your doctor might just need to change your testosterone replacement dosage.