Testoserone Replacement Therapy | Frequently Asked Questions

These are a few questions we receive often. If you have any more, please Contact Us.
TRT is safe when appropriately prescribed and monitored. There is no evidence that testosterone causes cancer, however preexisting prostate cancer may grow faster with TRT. It is very important to have a prostate exam and a serum PSA (prostatic specific antigen) test prior to beginning therapy, and to monitor PSA level and prostate health regularly.
Many patients start feeling better within three days. Body composition changes of will transform over several months as your testosterone (T) level is optimally tuned. Dr. VanAntwerp monitors and adjusts medications to optimize dosage of testosterone and supporting medications (Aromatase Inhibitors, hCG, Clomid, etc).

 
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Male breast enlargement (gynecomastia) can be a sign of testosterone/estrogen imbalance. Therapy does not reverse the enlargement, but often Laser Assisted Liposuction can correct it very nicely.

Yes, when prescribed and managed by a licensed physician. Testosterone is a controlled substance which must be appropriately prescribed by a medical professional. Your clearance may require you to disclose prescribed medications to your agency.
No, Dr. VanAntwerp performs all necessary screening and exams. You will receive an order for comprehensive blood work when you book your consultation. Results will be reviewed at your complimentary history and physical.
All complaints require a detailed history and physical. We frequently see patients who have been told that they have a “normal” testosterone level who in fact have Low T. To have have a complete understanding of male sex hormones the following tests must be performed: albumin, total testosterone, free testosterone, bioavailable testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin, estradiol, luteinizing hormone, and follicle stimulating hormone.
It is difficult to maintain consistent levels of testosterone with topical gels and creams. Topical therapy also puts your loved ones at risk of contamination through contact with you. Finally, topical testosterone may cause higher levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy, male pattern baldness and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
It is difficult to maintain consistent levels of testosterone with topical gels and creams. Topical therapy also puts your loved ones at risk of contamination through contact with you. Finally, topical testosterone may cause higher levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy, male pattern baldness and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Testosterone therapy by itself (testosterone monotherapy) will reduce testicular function. Dr. VanAntwerp’s first goal is often to restore normal testicular function through supportive therapy (such as hCG, clomiphene citrate, and/or supplements). When testosterone therapy is indicated we also accompany that with medications that maintain and optimize testicular function.
“Roid Rage” is a myth. People exhibiting so called “Roid Rage” are often self medicating gym rats who are on a multitude of illegal substances without any oversight from a physician. Don’t be this guy!
Yes, but only with your adherence to the prescribed treatment. Your whole endocrine system (insulin metabolism, adrenal function, thyroid function and the pituitary-gonadal axis) is impacted by anabolic steroid abuse. Dr. VanAntwerp’s goal is to restore balance, function, and health to your endocrine system.

There are very limited FDA approved uses for HGH and it is not without risks. People buying it online have no idea what they are taking. Natural Human Growth Hormone is produced by your body and is an important substance for your wellbeing. Dr. VanAntwerp often prescribes growth hormone-releasing hormones and peptides to maximize your natural production of growth hormone.

This allows our patients to realize the benefits of growth hormone therapy without the risks associated with exogenous growth hormone injection. Patients can expect muscle growth and fat reduction along with a much improved sense of wellbeing.