Testosterone is a very important hormone for both men and women. After the age of 30 years, old testosterone production begins to decrease by 1%-2% a year. While men over the age of 65 are 60% more likely to suffer from Low Testosterone or Low T, technically termed hypogonadism, it can affect younger men, and women as well. The reasons for it can also be from specific diseases and medical conditions, certain medications, or even trauma to the testicles.
The symptoms of Low T are pretty similar for either gender and include:
- Low Sex Drive
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Mood Changes
- Loss of Muscle Mass
These are just a few of the signs of Low Testosterone. If any, or all, of these symptoms apply to you and they are negatively impacting your quality of life it could be beneficial to look into Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).
There are tons of TRT providers online, ready to diagnose and treat your issues with Low T, but with so many options available at the click of a mouse, combined with the stigma of seeking help with such an issue, it may seem very overwhelming. Here is some information to help you understand how to choose the best Testosterone Replacement Therapy online.
Before getting into any of the steps mentioned below, make a list. Do an internet search for online TRT providers. Make note of them, then follow the steps.
Check Their Area of Service
The most important first step, after deciding to get help for problems with Low Testosterone, is to look for a TRT treatment provider that services your area. Everything stems from this step because doing the following items first will just be a giant waste of time.
Choose A Provider That Works with Your Insurance
After finding a provider that services your area, the next step is to do research. Low Testosterone is a legitimate medical issue, and as such, it can be covered by insurance. Make sure that you see what insurance is covered by the provider you choose. Some online treatment providers encourage you to fill out an insurance verification form to see if your insurance qualifies and what it covers.
Check Out Pricing
If your insurance does not cover TRT, or if you don’t have insurance, then your next step should be to look into their pricing. Try to find a place that fits in your budget, and offers a subscription of either monthly or yearly that can be done at a discount. Their pricing should be on their website, for transparency. If it isn’t, then it may be time to move on to the next company on the list. Look for companies that offer a variety of payment options, even things like CareCredit and HSA/FSA. A willingness to accept alternatives shows that a company is willing to do what it can to help you. You want a company that is caring, and compassionate.
Look Into Their Business Rating
It is the same as any other situation in this regard. When you are looking for a TRT provider to help you it is important to check out their business. Look at their client or patient reviews and look at their Better Business Bureau rating. Keep in mind that the BBB cannot force a company to do better. They are just there to offer consumers insight into the reliability of a company. Taking these steps will ensure you are working with a legitimate company, as well as a trustworthy company.
Read Up On The Providers
Being informed is the best thing you can do. With your health and well being it is important to know who will be your provider for your Testosterone Replacement Therapy journey. Take the time to look into the medical providers, and physicians the company has on staff. Seek out their credentials, and their specialized areas of expertise.
Book An Appointment
After following the steps above, your list has probably gotten quite small, down to one or two. You have probably even already decided which one you want to try. They’re covered by your insurance, or they are affordable, plus they have a great BBB rating and good reviews, and you like the providers. The last thing to do is book an appointment with them. Most places will offer a telemedicine option as an alternative to an in-person appointment if that is what you want. Understand that most places charge for their consultation services because they are trying to help you the best way possible, and they can’t do that if you decide to take their advice and go somewhere else, or try and self-diagnose.
The steps after booking your first appointment are not for this list to decide. Your TRT journey and the steps you need to take are now up to you and your provider. Please, keep in mind that when dealing with Low T, it is important to work with a medical professional. Things can go wrong when trying to self-diagnose and self-treat. Be safe. If, after the appointment, you decide you do not like the provider you have chosen and wish to find a different one to try, all you have to do is go back to your list and try again. If they are not the provider for you, please do not become discouraged. Low T can be a very serious condition that impacts your body as well as your mind. But worst of all is that it can very negatively impact your quality of life. Stick with it and you will find what is right for you in no time. We highly recommend you to make an appointment with a board certified medical provider at Alpha Hormones to start your TRT journey.