FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is TRT

TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) involves the enhancement of a man’s natural testosterone production when it is lower than it should be. This occurs through the use of testosterone medication (exogenous testosterone) that is usually provided through self-administered injections.

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is the male sex hormone responsible for male characteristics, overall health and improved longevity. It is important for sexual function, muscle building, cognitive function, fertility and mood enhancement amongst other complex roles within the male body. It occurs naturally to a lesser extent in females. It is extremely important for good health and general well-being in all men but is often ostracised in the media and by many doctors for its connections to violence, aggression and ‘toxic masculinity’ amongst other things.

Why is Testosterone therapy necessary?

The modern age has seen several factors contribute to the reported increase in low testosterone levels in men. We know that the modern man’s testosterone levels are on average 40% less than they were 20 years ago. Some of the key reasons include:

  • Stress: Modern life often brings high levels of chronic stress, which can elevate cortisol levels and disrupt the balance of hormones in the body, including testosterone.
  • Chemical Exposure: Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the environment, such as certain plastics and pesticides, has raised concerns about their potential impact on hormonal health.
  • Environmental Factors: Exposure to environmental pollutants, like air pollution and heavy metals, can have adverse effects on hormonal health.
  • Sleep Deprivation: Many people suffer from inadequate sleep in the modern world. Poor sleep patterns can disrupt hormone regulation, including testosterone production.
  • Social and Psychological Factors: Modern societal pressures, expectations, and psychological stressors can also contribute to hormonal imbalances.
  • Anabolic steroid use: Often a full recovery of the HPTA does not occur after shutdown of natural production.
  • Age-Related Decline: While these factors play a role, it’s important to note that age-related decline in testosterone levels is a natural process. However, the combination of these modern lifestyle factors can exacerbate the decline in some individuals.

Many of these factors are at play in our lives today. These can lead to suppressed hormone function and symptoms of low testosterone. If you notice these factors in your life then it may be time to take the necessary steps toward knowing your health. Register with our program and start the journey toward feeling great again.

How and where to inject?

How long does it take to work?

TRT can take 4-6 weeks to feel a noticeable difference, and up to 3-4 months to start seeing the physical changes associated with an optimised testosterone level.

Is the treatment covered by medical aid?

Unfortunately, the treatment is not covered by medical aid, but the initial blood results and follow up blood tests can be covered by your medical aid.

Why is injectable testosterone the preferred treatment?

Injectable testosterone has been shown in the scientific literature to be the gold standard in therapy in order to achieve the best results and create the most stable blood levels of free testosterone, hence making the treatment safe and sustainable.

Can I still have kids if I'm on testosterone replacement therapy?

You can still have children whilst on TRT/TOT. Our unique micro-dosing regimen aids in preserving fertility, and helps to preserve the production of the luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which are the hormones responsible for fertility. You can chat to one of our doctors during your consultation if you have concerns with regard to fertility whilst being on the therapy.

How long do I have to be on testosterone replacement therapy?

TRT is a long-term solution for low testosterone levels, but it’s not a cure. You’ll need to keep up with therapy as long as you want to continue to feel happy and healthy because your symptoms can come back if/when you stop.

How do I know if I my testosterone levels are low?

Blood testing is the most accurate way to diagnose low-T, which is why our team will get you set up with lab panels that cover the various aspects of your hormone levels and general health.

How will I be monitored on the therapy?

Every TRT program is different, but Androlab takes your health and safety – not to mention your results – very seriously. Each patient is tested every 3 to 4 months from the start of your therapy until we get your levels 100% correct. Typically we get it right on the 1st round, but sometimes it takes another round of testing to get your levels perfect. We’ll measure your T levels to make sure they’re right where we want them, and adjust your dosage if needed.

Can I be too old for TRT?

There’s no age limit on TRT, and we’ve seen patients of all ages reap the benefits of our tailored testosterone treatment options.

Can I stop TRT?

Yes, your free testosterone levels should go back to what they were before you started
treatment. Slowly “weaning” yourself off of treatment will minimize the shock felt by your body through the process. Our doctors will advise on the process and potentially
prescribe additional medication during this process.