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Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone replacement therapy is the practice of replacing testosterone, a hormone naturally produced in the male body, to bring levels into balance if they are low. Testosterone levels decline with age, but can also be affected by certain medical conditions, obesity, stress, poor diet, anxiety, or the use of alcohol.

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Symptoms associated with low testosterone include:

  • lack of sex drive
  • erectile dysfunction and infertility
  • depression and lethargy
  • bone loss and osteoporosis
  • poor sleep
  • joint pain
  • muscle loss
  • brain fog/lack of focus
The "Ideal" Testosterone Level

Testosterone levels in men range from 200 to 1000 units, with 300 being the "ideal" level. However, every man is different and what is ideal for one man may not be ideal for another.

In order to make sure that your testosterone level is ideal for you, we will first establish your ideal range and then take the necessary steps to get you there. The following factors can affect your treatment plan, including:

  • Free testosterone levels: free testosterone refers to testosterone that can be readily used by the body.
  • Estradiol levels: elevated estradiol, or estrogen, levels can indicate your body is turning free testosterone into estrogen.
  • Cortisol levels: can decrease testosterone production.
  • Weight: weight gain can cause your body to turn testosterone into estrogen.
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If you stop TRT, your body returns to its baseline performance level over the course of a few months. It is important to note that you can stop the therapy under the supervision of a health care professional, tapering down the dose to minimize side effects.

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Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy:

Within 2-3 months of starting testosterone replacement therapy, most men notice a difference. In most cases, optimal results become evident around the six month mark. When undergoing testosterone replacement therapy, you can expect the following benefits:

  • Improved muscle mass and strength
  • Better workouts and faster recovery
  • More energy
  • Decreased belly fat and overall weight
  • Improved concentration, focus, and motivation
  • Improved relationships and job performance
  • Increased sexual desire and decreased erectile dysfunction
  • Overall health improvement
The Testosterone Replacement Therapy Process

How Does TRT Treatment Work?

  1. An initial blood test is obtained to determine your baseline testosterone levels. In order to obtain the most accurate results, you will need to fast for 8 hours before your blood test and abstain from workouts, supplements, and sexual activity for 48 hours before your blood test.
  2. Medication will be prescribed to suit your needs. In most cases, testosterone injections are used. These may be completed in our office or at home, depending on your treatment plan.
  3. You will visit our clinic regularly so we can monitor your progress and make treatment adjustments as necessary.
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Darcy Duffin, PA-C

Starting in 2013, Darcy was the lead provider for one of the fastest-growing hormone replacement clinics in the country. She specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy as well as peptide therapy. Darcy assesses patients, formulates treatment plans with extensive follow-up regimens, and consistently monitors their progress. To maintain this success, she leads the field in peptide knowledge and keeps current with the latest research and evidence-based medicine.
In addition to her extensive knowledge of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), she also specializes in dermatology and is a highly sought-after master injector. She emphasizes the importance of creating facial symmetry through the use of advanced techniques and modalities to achieve consistent, natural results. She does this through a combination of lasers, neurotoxins, and fillers.

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