Testosterone Therapy Prescription: Do You Need One?
Before you ask your doctor if you need a testosterone therapy prescription, take stock of how your body looks, feels, and performs. We know the advertisements on your car radio may lead you to believe you can benefit from testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). After all, who wouldn’t want more energy and a better sex life? However, what are the reasons why you are tired and have no interest in sex? Lack of sleep or stress at work can contribute to these issues.
It is not true that all men need prescription testosterone replacement therapy just because they get older. Many will never have signs of testosterone deficiency. They will continue to live their lives as they always have in the past – with energy and vigor to spare.
Of course, the reverse is also true for many males. Low testosterone levels can interfere with sleep, stamina, sex drive, health, and brain functions. Loss of hair, memory, muscle mass, and bone density can significantly reduce your quality of life.
RXHormone medical center also wants to point out that many women can benefit from testosterone therapy, especially during and after menopause. Low T causes many of the same symptoms in females, along with hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and night sweats. By the way, men with testosterone deficiency may also experience hot flashes.
How do you know if you can benefit from getting a testosterone therapy prescription?
You will notice the changes in your life, including:
- Increased abdominal fat
- Loss of lean muscle
- Height shrinkage or achy joints
- Trouble concentrating
- Slow or impaired memory recall
- Poor cognitive functions
- Anxiety, irritability, or mood changes
- Lethargy and poor stamina
- Reduced sex drive
- Slow or impaired sexual arousal
- Lack of drive and productivity
- Loss of interest in social activities
- Hair loss or thinning
- Diagnosis of any of the following:
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance
- Cardiovascular disease
- Osteoporosis or osteopenia
- Elevated blood pressure
- Metabolic syndrome
The more risk factors you have from the list above, the higher the likelihood that you can benefit from getting a testosterone therapy prescription.
Men and women can benefit from getting a testosterone prescription if they have more than a few of the symptoms listed.
What Is a Testosterone Therapy Prescription?
A testosterone therapy prescription is a slip of paper that contains the doctor’s medical information, including name, address, phone number, and medical license number. On that “script,” as it is also called, the physician will write down the name of the prescribed medication, the dosage, the frequency of administration, and the duration of the treatment.
For example, a testosterone replacement therapy prescription for a woman might say to administer the prescribed amount of testosterone cream once a day for three months. The treatment could be longer or shorter, depending on the need.
A man who receives a testosterone therapy prescription for injections may find that he only has to give himself a shot once every two weeks. That is one of the benefits of selecting testosterone cypionate injections. Testosterone gel and patches are daily treatments. Oral tablets require placement twice a day. Nasal gel application is three times a day.
The doctor will not issue a prescription for testosterone therapy without completing the diagnostic steps listed further down in this report. There is no need to undergo testing if the signs of Low T are not present. Do not worry about having testosterone deficiency if you do not have any of the symptoms listed above. It means your body is adjusting well to changing hormone levels. Only if you have concerns should you proceed with inquiring about testosterone treatment.
A testosterone prescription provides a pharmacy with the information necessary to give you the prescribed testosterone medication.
Can You Get Testosterone Therapy without a Prescription?
There is no such thing as non-prescription testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone use in the US requires a valid doctor’s prescription and must be need-based. There are over-the-counter supplements available that may help boost testosterone levels. Unfortunately, they work best before a person develops Low T. Once testosterone deficiency becomes a problem that you can notice, you most likely will need prescription testosterone therapy.
We also want to point out the importance of avoiding websites that sell testosterone replacement therapy without prescription. These are called “black market” websites and can lead you to potential danger. You run the following risks when turning to unregulated internet sources if you buy testosterone therapy without prescription:
- Opening yourself up to potential identity theft or other fraudulent activity that could cost you money. Companies that set up shop online that offer to sell medications without a prescription are already breaking the law. They do not care about what can happen as they are likely in another country – far from US prosecution. Besides, their websites are often temporary. They make some money, shut down the operation, and open a new company.
- Speaking of prosecution, the US government may not be able to go after foreign companies, but it can file charges against citizens who buy medications illegally. Do not get yourself in legal hot water – only buy testosterone with a valid prescription from a licensed US pharmacy.
- Counterfeit and potentially dangerous testosterone is a possibility. You have no way of knowing what the medication contains unless you have it tested upon receipt. Your health could be at risk from an illegal purchase.
Do not buy testosterone without a valid prescription!
How Do You Get a Testosterone Therapy Prescription?
It is time to learn how to get a prescription for testosterone therapy if you have symptoms of Low T. The first thing you need to know is what type of doctor to contact for TRT. Do not go to your primary care physician and expect to receive customized hormone replacement therapy. He or she does not have that level of training. Think about it this way – you would contact a cardiologist to treat your heart, a podiatrist for your feet, and an orthopedist to fix a broken bone. You want an endocrinologist or hormone specialist to balance your hormone levels.
Some women may think that their gynecologist is the best person to provide a testosterone therapy prescription. That is not necessarily the case. Many gynecologists focus their practice more on obstetrics than hormone therapy for the aging woman. They are quick to prescribe estrogen or estrogen and progestin, which may not be the best options. Without comprehensive blood testing, there is no way to know the right hormone treatment to prescribe. During an episode of Dr. Oz last year, another doctor came on and stressed the importance of turning to a physician who specializes in hormone therapy for aging adults.
Once you contact a hormone specialist, you will have an initial consultation. The following information will be covered at this time:
- Your symptoms – why you think you need prescription testosterone replacement therapy
- Any medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter supplements
- The overall state of your health and if you have any other diagnosed medical conditions
- Any questions you have will also be answered at this time
If your symptoms point to a possible hormonal imbalance, the next step is blood testing at a local lab. Aside from that, you will also fill out a medical questionnaire and get a physical examination. Once completed, the hormone specialist will then be able to review the results and determine if you can benefit from testosterone therapy.
Once the hormone specialist determines the need for testosterone therapy, a prescription will be provided so that treatment may begin.
Where Can You Get a Testosterone Therapy Prescription?
You can get testosterone replacement therapy prescriptions from both local and online hormone clinics. With both options, the diagnostic process remains the same. Blood analysis and physical examination are mandatory. The difference is typically the cost and time savings.
What are the benefits of getting an online prescription for testosterone replacement therapy?
At national hormone clinics such as this one – RXHormone – consultations take place by phone rather than in the traditional office setting. You do not have to waste any unnecessary time sitting in a waiting room. There is no risk of someone you know walking in and seeing you there. You can select a time for your consultation that works best from you, and call us from work, home, or even your car. There is no worry about how long it will take to get an appointment, or how much time the doctor has to spend with you. Take as long as you need to get your questions answered.
There is also a significant savings of money when you do not have to pay for specialist office appointments. We will send you to a local doctor for a quick and affordable physical examination. Even the prices for blood testing with a national leading laboratory chain have been pre-negotiated to provide low-cost analysis.
To find out if you qualify for a testosterone therapy prescription, please complete the form on this page or call us directly for your no-obligation, complimentary consultation.