Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is one of the primary treatments in the area of men’s health when low testosterone levels are diagnosed. Low testosterone in men can lead to fatigue, reduced energy levels, erectile dysfunction, loss of sexual interest, and it can affect your mood as well as your overall state of well-being. If you’re in a relationship, it might have an impact on that as well, especially if you feel tired and exhausted frequently, and are unable to sustain quality time with your partner.
TRT is a form of treatment which endeavors to replace some of that lost testosterone, so that you can feel more energetic, you can concentrate better, you can feel less fatigued all the time, and your normal sexual desire and performance are once again restored. It can be administered either in gel form, or as an injection which can be offered right in your physician’s office. There are a number of effects which are typically noticed by men receiving TRT therapy, and these effects appear at various time frames following the treatment.
After about three weeks, a patient will generally experience an increase in sexual interest (libido), with a typical maximum effect after six weeks with a patient often feeling a considerably heightened level of interest. In terms of obtaining and sustaining erections, it will take a little longer for the maximum effect, somewhere in the neighborhood of six months; but, some individuals report an improvement after 6 weeks. You can begin looking for other improvements to take place within three or four weeks of your testosterone therapy, for instance an enhancement of your mood and an increase in your energy. Depression can improve in as soon as six weeks, and the most effective changes will probably occur somewhere between 18 and 30 weeks.
Sensitivity to insulin will likely improve after just a few weeks, and will plateau at around six to 12 months and new research on testosterone has been shown to cause remission of type 2 diabetes. Effects on bone tissue begin appearing during the first six months following treatment, and continue to occur for the next full three years. Any changes in body mass and muscle mass will begin to show up within 12 to 16 weeks, and will become more stable by six to 12 months, although some patients report improvements in as early as 4 weeks. These changes, particularly with loss of fat mass, usually persist for several years.
Testosterone can decrease particular inflammatory markers by the time three to 12 weeks have passed. The level of prostate antigens will rise very slowly at first, and will climax around 12 months. It is safe to say that any male receiving TRT treatment will experience an improved quality of life within about one month, although the maximum effects will probably take a little longer to be realized.
As can be seen from the above, there are a great many impacts exerted on the body after TRT treatment, and these effects will come into being over a wide time frame, generally achieving their maximum impact within one year of treatment. The precise timing of any of these effects will usually be determined by the patient’s specific body makeup, and their medical condition at the time of treatment. If you have a concern that you are suffering from low testosterone, it would be prudent to have your levels checked by your healthcare provider.