Does Testosterone Replacement Therapy Cause Prostate Cancer?

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Men suffering with testosterone deficiency syndrome can notice many unpleasant changes which affect their sex life, work and personal life. Erection problems, a lack of motivation and struggling to concentrate could all pinpoint to low testosterone levels. Increasing the amount of testosterone in the body can help men be more physically active and live a fuller, healthier life.

There have been some concerns that long term testosterone replacement treatment can contribute to prostate cancer. When asked about this, our consultants will confirm that the short answer is no – there is emerging evidence to support the use of TRT for those in deficiency of testosterone as it improves overall health. Many studies have found that boosting testosterone to a normal level does not contribute to prostate cancer development – and Prostate Cancer UK even offers information about the treatment for sufferers with erection problems as it is recommended by urologists.

What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)?

TRT is a type of hormone replacement therapy which boosts testosterone to a normal level. Men experience a steady decline in testosterone levels as they reach middle age, but it doesn’t always cause problems. Some men suffer from testosterone deficiency at a much earlier age which affects them for the rest of their life.

A blood test can identify testosterone deficiency, and if identified then hormone replacement can be offered as a treatment. TRT comes in many different forms, including injections, tablets, patches and gels. 

Keeping the testosterone level similar to age 20s is beneficial for health and quality of life. However, increasing testosterone levels too much can risks and side effects, which is why it’s important to have a full medical consultation before deciding which type of TRT is suitable. We never recommend keeping testosterone levels at a supra-physiological level as this could have a range of side effects. Keeping testosterone at optimal levels can also improve the effectiveness of treatments for erectile dysfunction disorder.

The three main types of TRT we offer at Harley Street MD are:

• Intramuscular testosterone – regular injections

• Oral testosterone – oil capsules

Transdermal testosterone – cream to be applied on the skin

Our doctors can recommend the best course of bespoke treatment for you, as each hormone replacement treatment is different.

If testosterone replacement is administered by a medical professional who keeps the hormone within a healthy level, it is not thought to cause prostate cancer. Find out more about your options today: https://harleystreet-md.co.uk/men-treatments/testosterone-replacement-therapy/ 

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