Once you’ve begun low testosterone replacement therapy in our Glendale clinic, it can feel like a weight has been lifted off of your chest. You’ve discovered the cause behind the many symptoms you’ve been experiencing, including weight gain, muscle loss, feelings of depression, lack of motivation and low libido. And now you are taking steps to take back your health and vitality with a trusted and proven method of treatment. Once you start treatment, there are a number of things that you can do to help get the most out of your testosterone replacement therapy. Here are some tips from our men’s clinic.
Self Care Tips During Low T Treatment
Get your blood tests done.
Your doctor is going to want to test your blood periodically during your treatment. One of the things they’ll want to test for is your prostate-specific antigens. The treatment does carry a small risk for an enlarged prostate as well as raising your red blood cell levels to an unhealthy level. Testing your blood will allow your doctor to monitor your health and make sure your body is accepting the treatment.
Start exercising more.
It can take a while for the physical benefits of low testosterone replacement therapy to start to manifest. You can help speed them up by starting to increase your physical exercise. The low-T therapy treatment is probably going to give you more energy and drive anyway, so capitalizing on that through your workout routine is ideal. You’ll be able to start shedding the extra weight you’ve gain and start getting back your muscle mass.
Chart your progress.
Some men find it useful to keep a daily progress chart once they start hormone replacement. This allows them to see progress happening over time, instead of just wondering if it’s working. You can chart things like how often you are having sex, how much you weight, your general mood for the day, and the progress of other symptoms you might have been experiencing before. This is a great thing to share with your doctor, too.
Keep realistic expectations.
The chances from low-T therapy don’t happen overnight. Some symptoms, like depression, can start to vanish within a couple weeks. Others, like your weight and muscle mass, could take months. Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t seeing the results you want right away. Stick with the therapy and trust the process. You can speak to your doctor about any concerns that you might have, but most people don’t start really seeing the benefits until three to six months after they start the treatment.
Keep your doctor’s appointments.
It’s important that you keep all of your doctor’s appointments during your treatment. Your doctor will want to check up on your progress, monitor certain vital signs, and just make sure you are adjusting well with the therapy. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions that you might have, too! Our doctors are always happy to get you answers and help you find the information that you need.
Are you ready to start low testosterone replacement therapy in our office in Glendale? Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment!