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Testosterone Supplementation

Village Family Medicine PC

Jeffrey D Strickler, MD, FAAFP

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Clinic located in Roscommon, MI

Testosterone is a critical hormone in men’s health, but testosterone levels can naturally decline over time. Residents of Roscommon, Michigan, can rely on Jeffrey Strickler, MD, FAAFP, and the team at Village Family Medicine PC for outstanding care, including testosterone supplementation therapy. When you’re ready to learn more, book a visit online or by phone. 

Testosterone Supplementation Q & A

What are some signs of low testosterone?

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and plays a role in sperm production. Testosterone is also responsible for producing the physical characteristics we associate with being male.

Testosterone is produced in a male’s testicles, and levels rise and fall at various phases of life. In general, men produce less testosterone as they move through middle age and beyond, which can cause imbalance.

Some of the signs of hormonal imbalance in men include:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Enlarged breast tissue
  • Shrinking testicles
  • Increased body fat Infertility

If you notice these changes, ask your practitioner if testosterone supplementation fits your needs.

How does testosterone supplementation work?

Testosterone supplementation delivers synthetic testosterone into your system to supplement your natural testosterone production levels. The goal is to restore optimal balance and reduce troubling symptoms.

The process begins with blood testing to determine your current testosterone production levels. The results, especially compared to previous hormone testing data, give your practitioner an understanding of how your hormone production might alter how you feel and function each day.

The next step is determining the correct dose to begin testosterone supplementation. All forms of hormone replacement therapy are a process of trial and error, so expect your therapy to shift over time. Your practitioner works closely with you to customize your treatment experience.

Track any changes you notice as you move through treatment. This information helps your practitioner know if adjustments are needed. Be patient; even if you experience initial improvements, it can take several months to see the full effects of testosterone replacement therapy.

How is testosterone supplementation administered?

There are many ways to incorporate supplemental testosterone into your body. Some available options include:

  • Injections
  • Gels (including nasal gels)
  • Patches
  • Pills
  • Tablets absorbed through your gum tissue
  • Pellets inserted underneath your skin’s surface

Your practitioner discusses the pros and cons of each available option, helping you choose the best approach suited for your needs. When you’re ready to begin, booking a visit is fast and easy whether you connect with the practice online or by phone.