Once it was simple. You got married, had kids, worked the land, and stayed
married whether you could stand each other or not. The concept of "a happy
marriage" was no more
relevant than the idea of "a pretty tractor."
"That has changed over time as marriage has become more
independent," says Steven Nock, a professor of sociology who studies
marriage at the University of Virginia and author of Marriage in Men's
Lives. "Couples don't need each other for quite as many things as they
Can testosterone replacement therapy make me feel more energetic?
If you have low T, boosting your testosterone levels with TRT can help bring your energy levels back to normal. It can also restore your sex drive.
You may notice a drop in body fat and a buildup of muscle mass after TRT.
Are there risks to testosterone replacement therapy?
Yes. TRT has side effects, which may include:
Acne and oily skin
Lower sperm count, which can cause infertility
Increased risk of blood clots
Shrinkage of the testicles
Should I avoid testosterone replacement therapy if I have certain conditions?
Guidelines from the Endocrine Society say you should not have TRT if you have prostate cancer or breast cancer.
But some studies suggest that men who have been successfully treated for prostate cancer may be candidates for TRT as long as they are closely watched for signs of disease. Before starting TRT, your doctor should assess your risk for prostate cancer.
You might be told by a doctor not to get TRT if you have these conditions, which may be made worse by TRT:
Obstructive sleep apnea
Severe lower urinary tract symptoms, such as urinary frequency and urgency, associated with an enlarged prostate, or BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia)
Severe congestive heart failure
Above-normal red blood cell counts
Can testosterone replacement therapy treat ED?
If you have low testosterone, TRT may help restore your ability to have healthy erections and can boost your sex drive.
But ED has many other possible causes. Low testosterone may not be the whole story behind your ED. Talk to your doctor to determine what's at the root of your erection problems.
How do I take testosterone replacement therapy?
TRT comes in several different forms. Each has pros and cons.
Patches. These are easy to apply. But patches can cause skin rashes and may have to be applied more than once a day.