The common treatment for low testosterone is hormone replacement. While a quick fix of hormone replacement therapy may seem like a good idea in the short term, these treatments can carry side harsh effects due to the fact that synthetic hormones are not always bioidentical to naturally produced hormones. Specificity is very important in the body.
Also, because the body is receiving synthetic testosterone, it causes the testes to stop producing testosterone all together as the body sees this as “wasted energy” due to the fact that it is getting testosterone from a cream or pill.
When the medication is discontinued, symptoms are likely to be worse because the body will take time to start producing testosterone naturally again and the underlying causes that were causing low testosterone production in the first place would still be manifesting. These treatments don’t address the underlying causes of why the body is not producing enough testosterone, which is key.
The good news is that most of the time, low levels are intrinsically linked to poor diet and lifestyle habits that lead to nutrient deficiencies, decreased sleep, smoking, drugs, excess alcohol intake, increased stress, anxiety and decreased exercise. The reason why this is good news is that all of these things are within our control, therefore we can change them.