Throughout the history of Menprovement we have posted a lot of articles about testosterone, how to boost it and they were pretty much all the natural way (you can see all of them at the bottom of this article).
But recently we have had a bunch of emails asking what should be done when you have exhausted the natural routes and essential what testosterone is in the first place. It’s a good question.
And it’s answered below:
Testosterone in Males
On the most basic level, Testosterone is what makes males more “masculine,” at least by society’s most general standards. Everything from hair growth, muscle capacity and the tone of your voice are regulated by Testosterone. However, as with all human body processes, the actual way that Testosterone is produced and how it affects the body is a bit more complex.
What IS Testosterone, exactly?
Testosterone is the main male sex hormone. A hormone is a “message carrier” in the body. It is responsible for triggering and regulating chemical processes.
Although it may seem like it, your body doesn’t just grow hair on its own. It relies on hormones to give it the message to grow, and furthermore, when to stop growing. If the body didn’t have hormone production, then processes would still happen; you’d still grow hair, your muscles would still grow, etc., however this would all happen at an uncontrollable pace. Your body wouldn’t know when to stop.
So, you have hormones to thank for chemical processes being mostly regulated. Or, when they’re off, and cannot be fixed naturally, hormone replacement therapy is available.
What Does Testosterone Do?
Testosterone is the hormone responsible for two main processes in the body: anabolic and androgenic.
Anabolic processes are those that involve the promotion of tissue growth within the body. In the case of Testosterone, it relates to the growth of muscle tissue, specifically. So, when people take steroids or “T-Boosters” (testosterone boosters), it’s not that they give you more muscle mass directly, it’s that they change the capacity of tissue that your body grows. The automatic regulation in the body tells your muscles to stop growing at a certain point. Steroids tell the body not to stop and push the limits of how much the body thinks it can contain.
Androgenic processes relate to the things that happen to the male body during puberty. Processes like deepening of the voice, facial hair growth, increased sex drive, and the production of sperm are all regulated by Testosterone.
And it’s worth mentioning, the body’s highest levels of testosterone are present during puberty. Over time, it’s common for Testosterone levels to decrease gradually.
Medical Uses of Testosterone:
According to Steroidal.com, testosterone and its derivatives have been found to hold a great deal of benefit in medical treatments. In fact, to list them all would take up page after page of information.
Some of the most common uses for testosterone treatments (other than replacement therapy), are Breast Cancer, female libido issues, osteoporosis, male infertility (fix that naturally), muscular atrophy, severe burns, menopause, Turner and Klinefelter Syndrome, and endometriosis. Anabolic Steroids are seemingly a miracle drug in medical treatment.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
While Testosterone and other Steroids are frequently used in a number of medical conditions, the primary use of Testosterone on its own is for TRT: Testosterone Replacement Therapy.
Whenever someone is experiencing Testosterone levels that are lower than what is deemed normal, and has exhausted all measures to raise testosterone naturally, then TRT is administered. There are a number of reasons why Testosterone levels could be low, but in this event, the condition is known as hypogonadism. This refers to a condition where the testes do not make enough testosterone and could be caused by injury, disease, genetics, or a variety of other reasons. Conversely, Andropause is a condition in which there is a lack of Testosterone production because of age.
Both hypogonadism and andropause are treatable with supplementing low testosterone levels in order to restore “normal” levels of testosterone.
The symptoms of low-testosterone are relatively easy to diagnose. They include lethargy, low libido, weakness, depression, and memory loss. Because these symptoms are often diagnosed without blood work as depression or a mood disorder, many people end up on medications that actually will not increase their testosterone, and therefore they won’t see results. The only way to diagnose low testosterone is by getting a blood test to test the actual levels. Once it’s confirmed that testosterone levels are low, then a doctor can prescribe a testosterone supplement in order to treat your symptoms and restore natural levels of testosterone.
Side Effects and Risks of TRT:
As with any medical treatment, there are a number of risks and side effects that have been associated with Testosterone Replacement Therapy. While the side effects can occur in anyone, it’s older males who are taking the steroid that have a higher risk of experiencing side effects. Testosterone as an androgen can cause Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and also increase Prostate Specific Antigen levels. It’s not normally a life threatening condition, but it’s very uncomfortable.
While testosterone is not a direct cause of prostate cancer, it along with a “perfect storm” of other contributing hormones can put one at a greater risk for the cancer. Any man who has experienced prostate issues prior to taking testosterone are actually advised not to take it. Those who have not had prostate issues, won’t normally experience issues while taking it. Whether or not you will experience complications with taking testosterone has a lot to do with age as well as genetics.
Anabolic Steroid Use:
As we mentioned earlier, Anabolic refers to processes in which tissue grows in the body. With testosterone, it refers to muscle growth. While it’s illegal, the most common use of exogenous testosterone is in the form of anabolic steroids.
Body builders and sports players want to enable their body to grow beyond the natural limit, so they ingest anabolic steroids to increase processes responsible for muscle growth and fat loss. These include; increasing protein syntheseis, mTOR and boosting nitrogen retention in the muscle.
Some people think that men take steroids in order to “beef up” or bulk up quickly. This isn’t the case at all. In fact, it takes the same amount of exercise and healthy diet maintenance to increase your muscle mass with steroids as it does without.
Steroids don’t make you grow more quickly, they just allow your body to get larger, beyond your natural capacity. If someone were to take steroids and not maintain an exercise and diet regime, they wouldn’t obtain the large muscle mass that they are going for at all. That being dais, anabolic compounds have been shown to elevate strength, muscle mass and burn fat in those that don’t exercise.
Testosterone is something that occurs naturally, and without it, the body doesn’t operate the way that it should. There’s nothing wrong with taking a testosterone supplement, however it’s always best that you go through your doctor in order to obtain the right dosage and frequency of the supplement in order to properly treat what your symptoms are. And of course go the natural route first. For more information on that and for a bunch more testosterone related articles see below..