There is an increasing demand for testosterone replacement therapy – TRT UK and Europe as more men are now experiencing the symptoms of ageing at a much later age. Testosterone is a male hormone that regulates the development of secondary sex characteristics in both the male and female. As people get older, the production of testosterone in the body decreases to a significant degree, with the effects seen in the decrease of muscle mass, loss of bone density and voice deepening as one gets older. For this reason, many men in their forties and fifties in the UK and Europe are turning to TRT as a means of delaying the effects of aging. It is for this reason that in the UK and Europe there is a booming industry devoted to the treatment of hypogonadism – the inability to produce testosterone because of a problem with the pituitary gland.
There are a number of different methods used in the treatment of hypogonadism. Many men undergo injections of synthetic testosterone, which are then gradually released over a period of four to six months, with the aim of increasing the levels of circulating testosterone in the body. In some cases, patches are applied onto the skin, where they take effect after a few hours. While this is a fairly straightforward procedure, many men have reported feeling somewhat uncomfortable with the procedure. Testosterone replacement therapy in the UK and Europe is often recommended as an alternative method to injections, but it should be noted that this method can also lead to the occurrence of breast enlargement and similar side-effects.
Testosterone replacement therapy is also commonly utilised in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the most common prostate enlargement condition among men. In men with BPH, the enlarged prostate contains a high level of testosterone, which has been shown to have a profound effect on the prostate’s enlargement and, consequently, on erectile dysfunction and ejaculation. In general, TRT can be used as a means of delaying the progress of prostate cancer, but the precise role it plays in the treatment of prostate cancer is not known. A small number of men may experience increased libido after TRT treatment, although this usually disappears as the disease progresses. In addition, there are reports of a slight increase in muscle mass and strength, although this may be due to other factors, such as weight loss.