Testosterone Replacement Therapy: Myths and Facts

Testosterone, most commonly known as the male sex hormone is found (and is vital) for both males and females.  

For men, testosterone is needed for sexual and reproductive development but also plays quite a major role in health and longevity, with it actually having an anti-ageing effect. Things such as cognitive function, sex drive, energy, muscle mass, fertility, bone density and mood are all affected by testosterone levels.

For women, testosterone is still present, despite Oestrogen being the predominant hormone in this case. Testosterone is produced in the ovaries and adrenal glands and also affects their bone density, lean body mass, mood, energy, drive and libido.

There are many questions circulating when it comes to testosterone and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), but what is a myth and what is fact? First thing’s first, TRT is the medical treatment that restores testosterone levels that are insufficient back to an optimal physiological range. How this is done is normally unique to the individual and their needs to ensure that hormones associated with testosterone, such as oestrogen, are also balanced.

Is TRT expensive?

TRT is available both privately and through the NHS, there are many TRT services in the UK and EU, with some offering sustainable packages that focus on support through the process, which is often vital whilst going through your TRT journey.

Is testosterone safe?

Despite its occasional bad press, which only seems to derive from misinformed journalists. Testosterone has been used in the medical community for over 75 years and unlike medications, testosterone is a hormone that is naturally made by the body and repackaged for medical consumption, whether that’s oral, by injection or by gel.

Does TRT cause prostate cancer?

There is no credible evidence to support this as fact.

Does TRT increase risk of heart attack or stroke?

Similarly, there is no evidence to show that testosterone increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke. This has derived from researchers in the past claiming that because women have fewer heart attacks than men, somehow testosterone was the culprit; this was never proven.

Will TRT cause my prostate to grow?

A hormone imbalance is often the cause of prostate growth, which can be disruptive by putting pressure on the bladder and causing frequent urination.

Will TRT cause hair loss?

TRT alone cannot cause hair loss, hair loss is not caused by testosterone or DHT, your genetics are to blame for whether or not you lose your hair, all the hormones will do is allow you to optimally express those genes.

Does TRT cause infertility?

Testosterone is critical for sperm production, but what’s most important is where the testosterone is located in the body. When receiving TRT, you’re providing the body with the levels it needs, but this does not increase your instar-testicular levels, in fact, the opposite can happen and you can see a reduction in fertility in some men.

Will TRT make my penis bigger?

If there is residual growth potential due to a shortage of testosterone, then yes, you may see an improvement in the function and size of your penis.