Before you can understand the process and need for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), it is important that you understand the hormone you are replacing and why it is so vital to your emotional and physical well-being.
What is Testosterone?
In short, testosterone is an essential hormone that is produced by the male body, and is responsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs as the body matures. Additionally, testosterone is essential for ongoing development and continuation of other male-centric sexual characteristics. In men, testosterone is produced within the testes, which are also the reproductive glands that produce sperm.
What are considered to be normal levels of testosterone (T Levels)?
In an average, healthy man, testosterone levels (also known as T levels) between 300 ng/dL and 1000 ng/dL are considered within the normal range. To maintain this normal range, the brain and the testes work together. If the testosterone levels drop too low, or elevate too high, the brain will signal the testes to either stop producing testosterone, or to make more. The medical community estimates that more than 15 million men – in the United States alone – suffer from Low Testosterone (Low T) levels.