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Testosterone Replacement Therapy: Myths and Facts

How will I be monitored while on testosterone replacement therapy?

Your doctor will measure your testosterone levels at the 3- and 6-month marks after treatment begins. After that you'll be tested once a year. If your levels are OK you'll stay on your current dose.

If your testosterone levels are too low, your dose may be adjusted. At the same time, your doctor will check your red blood cell levels.

Within 1 to 2 years of TRT, your doctor will measure your bone density if you had osteoporosis when treatment began. Your doctor will evaluate your prostate cancer risk at the start of treatment and may do more tests at the 3- and 6-month marks, and then annually.

How long do I have to take testosterone replacement therapy?

Indefinitely. TRT does not cure low T, so your symptoms may return if you stop taking it.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on June 27, 2013
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