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If you’ve done any research into your options for raising testosterone, at some point you’ve probably come across testosterone replacement therapy.

Touted by many as the king of testosterone treatments, it’s a protocol that’s been around for a while.  It’s also one that’s still shrouded in mystery, and something that most people don’t totally understand.

So..what exactly is testosterone replacement therapy?  And is it something you should consider?

Testosterone Replacement Therapy Explained

Testosterone Replacement Therapy (also called “Androgen Replacement Therapy”, or more simply “ART” or “TRT”) is, essentially, exactly what it sounds like – a therapy that artificially replaces testosterone in male patients with low levels.

The therapy is mainly used to treat men dealing with conditions which result in substantial loss of testosterone production.  This includes men who suffer from hypogonadism, as well as certain survivors of testicular cancer.

While techniques vary, the protocol usually involves regular injections of exogenous testosterone.  The specific amount used is determined by an endocrinologist, and will vary depending on a number of factors.

Other Uses Of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Although TRT was originally developed to treat a number of male illnesses, it has become wildly popular in the bodybuilding community, and is growing in popularity amongst the general male public.

And it’s easy to see why.  Testosterone is one of the primary male hormones responsible for building (and retaining) lean muscle.  It’s also vital to a number of other processes in the human body.

One of the things that happens to men as they age is that their testosterone starts to go into decline.  This process is referred to as andropause (or “manopause” if you want to be clever about it).  It typically begins around 30, and is marked by a very slow, gradual decline throughout middle age.

The exact amounts vary on an individual basis, but you can generally expect a roughly 10% decline per decade after the process starts.

While this may sound incredibly alarming, It’s important to understand that this is a perfectly normal process that all men go through.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t frustrating.  And it’s especially frustrating for older men looking to optimize their fitness and sex lives.

The normal range of testosterone in a healthy adult male is somewhere between 270-1070 nanograms per decilitre.  Many otherwise healthy men have discovered that regular TRT treatments can get them well into the high normal range, even if they’re well into their 40’s and 50s (in the case of pro bodybuilders, it can even get them above that).

It doesn’t take an endocrinologist to figure out the benefits of going on a protocol like this.  More testosterone means more muscle mass, less difficulty recovering from workouts, and a supercharged sex life – all with just a regular injection.

At this point, you may be reading this and asking “great, where do I sign up?”.

Well, before you decide to take the plunge, you need to understand that there are serious risks and downsides to this treatment as well.  Be sure to check out part two of this article for all the information so you can make a truly informed decision about whether or not this is right for you.