Testosterone Replacement Therapy: Does Clomid Work for Young Men?
By Dr. Khanh Perrin
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Many people view testosterone as a “tough guy” hormone.

Though it’s much more than simply to grow muscles.

Interestingly, this generation of males is experiencing more cases of testosterone deficiency than any other. One reason may be that young men are prescribed psychoactive drugs more often. These drugs are negatively affecting the hypothalamus which, in turn, affects testosterone production.

Therefore, many of these young men are turning to testosterone replacement therapy for help.

The following information is provided to help you understand the role of the previously female-dominated drug, Clomid, in testosterone replacement for that group of males.

The Need For Testosterone Replacement

Normally the hypothalamus part of your brain produces GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone). This then triggers the production of LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone). Both LH and FSH work together to stimulate testosterone and sperm production in males.

When normal bodily functions are disrupted, testosterone production can rapidly decline. This disruption could be initiated by an abnormal physical condition or external drug source, especially in the case of young men.

Moreover, a decline in testosterone decreases the male quality of life. Often, when abnormal and typically age-related symptoms appear, it startles young men into looking deeper into the issue with the help of a healthcare professional.

Once their doctor confirms low testosterone levels and diagnoses the condition, they usually recommend testosterone replacement therapy.

Symptoms of Declined Testosterone Levels

The treatment method of testosterone replacement isn’t alarming as testosterone greatly enhances the quality of life for a male. Not only does it improve muscle mass, but it also supports a vibrant sexual experience. In short, replacing a hormone that allows them to feel and perform better is perfectly normal.
When testosterone levels drop, a young male might experience low libido, erectile dysfunction, weight gain, poor concentration, depression, etc. Like mentioned before, many of these symptoms mirror that of an aging man.

Fatigue that can’t be cured with sleep is one of the biggest indicators of low testosterone. Typically that type of fatigue coupled with low libido brings a young man into the doctor’s office for a check-up.

How Clomid Works in Testosterone Replacement

Clomid is a non-steroid oral medication. Oddly enough, doctors often prescribe it to help stimulate ovulation in women, but it’s now attracting attention as a testosterone replacement therapy for males. More specifically, males with low testosterone who also want to maintain or enhance their fertility.
Similar to females, males have an estrogen receptor in the brain which controls the production of LH and FSH. When taking the drug clomiphene (Clomid), a patient effectively “tricks” their brain into producing GnRH. This GnRH increase translates to the pituitary gland to release more LH and FSH which, in turn, produces more testosterone.

The prompting of testosterone produces a positive chain reaction in terms of virility. Higher levels of testosterone equate to more sperm production which supports and even enhances fertility.

Why Clomid Might Be A Viable Treatment

Traditional testosterone replacement therapy can be somewhat questionable for younger men because it can interfere with fertility. For instance, it often negatively impact sperm production in the testes and possibly even lessens the likelihood of conceiving a child in the future.

But Clomid doesn’t carry the same risk as other traditional testosterone replacement therapy. Since it supports sperm maturation and stimulates testosterone production by releasing LH and FSH, it acts as a sort of two-for-one. It increases testosterone levels and virility at the same time.

Granted, too much of anything is unhealthy, including testosterone. Should you choose to take Clomid, your doctor will test your testosterone level a few weeks after initially starting the drug to make sure it’s at a healthy level.

If you’re ready to begin your journey with testosterone replacement therapy, please contact me. I can help you navigate through all the complexities of hormone replacement and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.