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You may consider hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to be a women's-only concern, but it's not. Men's testosterone levels peak in their late teens, and begin a gradual but steady decline of about 1 percent a year around age 30 (Mayo Clinic, 2012).

Because testosterone is required for proper male sexual development and reproductive function—as well as muscle bulk, red blood cell level, and bone density—many men worry about the natural decline of this hormone produced by the testicles. Yet medical experts disagree about the significance of this decline, and whether the health benefits of HRT outweigh the risks.

Do I Need HRT?

If testosterone levels decline naturally with age, do men need HRT? This has been a difficult question for researchers to answer. Not many studies have observed the effects of testosterone therapy in men with healthy levels of the hormone—and studies that have were smaller and yielded unclear results.

HRT can help symptoms of low testosterone in men who suffer from a disease called hypogonadism (Mayo Clinic, 2012). This is a dysfunction of the testicles that results in the body being unable to produce the right amount of testosterone. But what's less certain is whether testosterone therapy can benefit healthy men whose testosterone decline is simply due to aging.

What Type of HRT Are Available?

If Dr. Vierregger suggests that you need testosterone therapy due to hypogonadism, there are a number of options available.the options include, but are not limited to injections, pills and pellets.