Testosterone is a hormone that affects many health components in men. It usually reaches its highest levels during men’s adolescence and early adulthood stages. As you get older, your testosterone hormone begins to decline gradually. For older men, it's vital to identify if a low testosterone level is a result of a normal aging factor or if it is due to a condition called hypogonadism.

Hypogonadism hinders the ability to produce normal testosterone levels due to issues with the testicles or with the pituitary gland that regulates the testicles. Testosterone or hormone replacement therapy, in the form of injections, pellets, or gels, can help treat low testosterone levels in these men. It could help undo the effects of hypogonadism, but modern medicine has yet to see any benefit for healthy older men.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone produced chiefly in the male testicles. The hormone helps maintain men's:

  • Bone density
  • Fat distribution
  • Muscle strength and mass
  • Facial and body hair
  • Red blood cell production
  • Sex drive
  • Sperm production

When Should You Undergo Testosterone Therapy?

If you feel that you need testosterone therapy, talk with us at Timeless Essence in Coral Gables, FL about the risks and benefits. We will measure your testosterone levels at least twice before recommending testosterone therapy.

We do not recommend treating reduced testosterone levels that come with normal aging with testosterone therapy. We may suggest natural ways to boost testosterone, such as losing weight and increasing muscle mass through resistance exercise.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Options

Testosterone hormone therapy can be performed in several ways. Clomiphene for men is a drug in pill form that assists your body in producing its testosterone. Other options for testosterone therapy include:


They are easily absorbed when applied to your skin. The dosage consistency is given in individual packaging, or a premeasured pump delivers it.

Testosterone Injections

These injections are administered into your body's soft tissue, usually in the gluteal muscles. If you can self-inject, the testosterone injections must be taken in your thigh muscles.


The doctor implants these pellets in your body's soft tissue. The testosterone is gradually released from them over time.

Testosterone Cypionate

It is a prescription drug that is available in the form of testosterone shots. They are self-injectable and can be taken at home.
The effects of testosterone hormone replacement therapies vary from person to person, with some responding quickly while others take longer to experience a change in their testosterone levels.

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