Frequently Asked Questions
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a sex hormone found in humans that plays a vital role in secondary sex characteristics in
men. The production of testosterone starts to increase significantly during puberty and begins to decrease
during a man’s thirties. However, a man can have low or insufficient testosterone prior to the age of forty for various reasons. Common causes of accelerated testosterone deficiency include health related conditions such as diabetes, obesity, or medication use such as opioids, statins, steroids, suboxone, antidepressants, and many others.
Testosterone is most often associated with sex drive and plays a fundamental role in sexual function and
sperm production. Testosterone plays a vital role in bone density, muscle mass, fat distribution, red
blood cell production, sexual function, energy, and mood.
How Common Is Low Testosterone?
A gradual decrease in testosterone levels is to be expected as men age. However, some men’s
testosterone levels decline at a much faster rate. Factors that can contribute to low or insufficient
testosterone levels includes chronic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, alcoholism, high
cholesterol, and obesity, and previous trauma to testicles. Frequent use of certain medications such as
corticosteroids, suboxone, opioids, antidepressants, statins, antifungals, and others can cause a
significant decline in testosterone levels. Many men, especially younger men, are nervous about seeking treatment for low testosterone. Waiting to seek help can lead to the late detection and worsening of these progressive symptoms. This is a
“uncommonly discussed” condition for many men and can lead to physical and mental adverse effects.
We understand this may be difficult to discuss, but it is our goal to make the process as simple as
Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Depression, irritability, or anxiety - Low testosterone can result in a variety of mood changes. Hormonal
imbalances are often to blame for depression, anxiety, and many other mood issues. Fatigue caused by
low testosterone can also add to these issues.
Decreased mental clarity – Low or insufficient testosterone levels have been linked to poor focus.
Studies have shown that men who take testosterone tend to experience an increase in memory and
mental clarity. Testosterone affects many physical processes in the body and focus, clarity, and memory
are no exception.
Fatigue - Low or insufficient testosterone can result in a lack of energy and chronic fatigue.
Loss of libido - Most men will experience a small decrease in sexual interest and libido as they age.
However, low testosterone or insufficient testosterone can cause a steeper drop-off than what is expected for most men. Low testosterone can cause a variety of health issues that may also inhibit or lower certain sexual desires and may cause erectile dysfunction or softer erections.
Loss of muscle mass- Testosterone is an essential hormone for building and maintaining muscle in the
body. Low or insufficient testosterone can cause loss of muscle mass and increased fat deposits or fat
accumulations in the body.
Weight gain- Normally functioning testosterone levels encourage muscle growth. When men do not
have enough testosterone, it can inhibit muscle growth, and result in fat accumulation and weight gain.
For example, fat accumulation in the breast and abdomen.
How does Testosterone Replacement Therapy Work?
The first step is a free telephone consult followed by lab work for those that are interested in receiving
testosterone replacement therapy. The provider will then set an appointment to review the lab work,
review medical history, and perform a comprehensive health assessment. Based on your lab work,
medical history, and health assessment the provider will then create your personalized testosterone
replacement therapy treatment plan. Each treatment plan is custom made and individualized to fit each
patient’s needs. The provider will explain in depth and answer any questions you may have about the
treatment plan, schedule, and or options.
What forms of payment are accepted at the Alpha Male Testosterone Replacement Therapy Clinic?
Alpha Male Testosterone Replacement Therapy (AMTRT) does not accept health insurance for payment.
Cash and most credit or debit card payments are accepted. We do not accept health insurance because
many health insurances companies do not cover testosterone replacement therapy unless it is
considered medically necessary. Health insurance companies have strict guidelines that must be met
before they will pay for testosterone replacement therapy or any of the services associated with it. In
addition, health insurance companies will not pay for the additional services that may complement
testosterone replacement therapy. AMTRT treats insufficient testosterone levels in symptomatic men
that health insurance companies may determine are not medically necessary.