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Testosterone Replacement can relieve many types of problems

Testosterone is a hormone produced by the testicles and is responsible for the proper development of male sexual characteristics. Testosterone is also important for maintaining muscle bulk, adequate levels of red blood cells, bone growth, sense of well-being and sexual function. After the age of 30 the amount of testosterone in a man’s body starts to gradually decline. This can result in a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in body fat, can have changes in cholesterol levels, osteoporosis, decreases in body hair, and a decrease in hemoglobin.

Testosterone replacement may be effective in helping with mild depression and some mood disorders in men. Some risks associated with testosterone replacement include worsening prostatic cancer or symptoms of BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy), liver toxicity, blood disorders or severe heart failure. To receive testosterone replacement therapy, you must have a low “free” testosterone level as well as signs of hypogonadism. Compounding pharmacies can make certain formulations of testosterone that are not available commercially. If there are any questions you may have about the different types of testosterone replacement contact your physician or pharmacist for help.