Testosterone FAQ

NOTICE: The information contained on this page is general information and is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice, or to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The FAQs contained herein are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions, and should not be used as such. Only a qualified physician can determine if you qualify for and should undertake treatment.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone made by the body and is responsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for maintenance of other sexual characteristics. In men, testosterone is produced in the testes, the reproductive glands that also produce sperm. The amount of testosterone produced by the testes is regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. Some effects of testosterone may include:

  • Growth and maturation of prostate, and other male sex organs

  • Development of male hair distribution such as facial hair

  • Changes in body muscle mass and strength and fat distribution

  • Sex drive and sexual function

  • Mood and energy level

  • Bone strength

What are “Normal Levels of Testosterone?”

In healthy men, testosterone levels between 350ng/dL and 1000ng/dL are considered normal. In healthy males, the brain and the testes work together to keep testosterone in this range. When levels of testosterone are below normal, the brain signals the testes to make more. When there is enough testosterone, the brain signals the testes to make less.

What does Body For Life do?

Body For Life is a place where men with low testosterone (testosterone below normal levels) are diagnosed and treated by qualified providers. We are conveniently located in Bartlett near Wolfchase Galleria at 2965 N. Germantown Rd, Ste 110, Bartlett, TN.

How do you determine whether I might have low testosterone?

To determine if you are a candidate for Testosterone Restoration Therapy, our medical professionals will analyze your symptoms and perform a simple blood test.

What is hypogonadism?

Hypogonadism is the medical term for low testosterone.

What are the Benefits of Testosterone Restoration Therapy (TRT)?

Benefits of TRT vary based upon the pre-therapy symptoms and other factors, but can include:

  • Improved muscle mass and strength

  • Increased bone mineral density

  • Thicker body hair and skin

  • Improved sexual desire

  • Boosted energy

  • Decreased irritability and depression

  • Improved visuospatial cognitive function and verbal memory

  • Higher motivation

  • Decreased body fat

  • Better mood

  • Improved erectile function.

What are the risks of Testosterone Restoration Therapy?

Some patients could experience one or more of the following side effects:

  • Increase in red blood cells - This can be beneficial if you have anemia. However, it can be potentially dangerous since too much blood can block your blood vessels and lead to a heart attack or stroke.

  • Prostate effects - If you have an enlarged prostate, referred to as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), testosterone may worsen your symptoms, particularly if you are more than 50 years of age. If you have a history of prostate cancer, you may not be able to receive testosterone therapy.

  • Skin reactions - Acne, oily skin, increased body hair and flushing have been reported. These are most common with use of a patch; however, they lower with the use of a gel and are rare with injections.

  • Infertility - This is common particularly in young men, but usually reversible after stopping testosterone therapy. Talk to your physician before beginning treatment if you are trying to have children.

  • Sleep apnea - This is a condition that disrupts breathing during sleep. Although uncommon, it is a reported side effect.

  • Fluid retention - Although uncommon, you must use caution if you have a history of heart failure or kidney disease.

What is the cost of Testosterone Restoration Therapy (TRT) at Body For Life?

Most insurance carriers cover our services, so costs are based upon your individual health plan. If you do not have insurance, Testosterone Restoration Therapy (TRT) at Body For Life can be as low as $50 per injection. This includes your office visit, exam, lab test and injections per weekly.

How long does each Testosterone Restoration Therapy (TRT) injection take?

Your office visits for Testosterone Restoration Therapy (TRT) injections at Body For Life will ordinarily take less than 15 minutes.

What are the advantages of testosterone injections versus other replacement methods such as patches or gels?

The proper method of testosterone delivery for you is a matter for your physician to determine. However, many find that some gels and patches tend to be messy and less convenient than other treatment options. In addition, there can be a risk of unintentional transmittal to children or others with whom you may have physical contact with gels or patches. Experience has shown that gels and patches may require dosage adjustments to obtain medically appropriate blood concentrations and some patients may never absorb enough testosterone from gels and patches to improve symptoms. The medical professionals at Body For Life regularly employ “Intramuscular Testosterone Injections” because of their clinical effectiveness and convenience.

In what cases should I avoid Testosterone Restoration Therapy (TRT)?

Only your physician can fully answer this question. However, generally Testosterone Restoration Therapy (TRT) is not recommended and/or is prohibited for patients with:

  • A palpable prostate nodule

  • Erythrocytosis

  • Hyperviscosity

  • Untreated obstructive sleep apnea

  • Severe benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms (AUA prostate symptom score > 19)

  • Uncontrolled severe heart failure

  • Unexplained PSA elevation

  • Severe lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy

  • Unstable severe congestive heart failure (class III or IV)

If you have more questions, please call our offices (Bartlett: (901) 373-3300 and a knowledgeable member of the Body For Life staff will contact you within 24 hours.

Body for Life

Body For Life focuses on Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Men and Medically-Supervised Weight Loss for adults.  We are conveniently located on Germantown Road just north of  Wolfchase Galleria.

Office 901-373-3300

Fax 901-373-3300

Mobile Shot Route

Body for Life has a Mobile Shot Nurse that can bring the FLU Vaccine, LipoVite, GAC, and B12 injections to your office. Call today to schedule a time for your office. 901-373-3300