Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Men’s Specialty Health Centers have been treating men with “Low T” for the past several years with subcutaneous testosterone pellets. Often their wives/girlfriends were our patients who found success with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and recommended their partner/spouse to our office. Prior to the initial visit, we draw blood (testosterone, estradiol, PSA and CBC) so that at their appointment we can see if bio-identical hormone replacement therapy with testosterone is likely to improve their quality of life.
In detail, we discuss the potential effect of testosterone on the prostate and the cardiovascular risks of testosterone replacement. Prior to each pellet insertion, we recheck the testosterone level and a HCT. Most men we treat are able to improve their sexual performance without the use of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) drugs. Should symptomatic estrogen side effects be encountered along with an elevated estradiol level, we can prescribe Arimidex in low doses.
The majority of my male patients who are being treated with Testosterone pellets have more energy and improved sexual performance. Our goal is to replace bio-identical testosterone to the upper limits of normal, carefully monitoring for any contra-indications.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Starting around the age of 30, a man’s testosterone levels will begin to drop. The drop will continue, and between the ages of 40 and 50, a man will experience a significant change.
Androgens are male hormones and Andropause describes the period in a man’s life when his hormonal production has dramatically slowed down. Some of the symptoms experienced during Andropause can be related to general aging, but they are magnified due to hormonal changes.
Testosterone is one of the main male hormones, and it is responsible for several metabolic and reproductive functions. The testicles produce testosterone, and it is a key factor in maintaining bone density, muscle mass, emotional evenness, sexual function, and the correct amount of red blood cells.
During Andropause, the decline of hormones can create numerous symptoms that can be different for each man. Some men may only experience a few symptoms, and others, may experience several symptoms. Some of the following symptoms may effectively be treated by hormone replacement therapy.
Low libido can occur after testosterone and other sex related hormones begin to drop.
Muscle Mass can improve due to supplemented testosterone due to the hormone’s role in building muscle.
Fat loss can occur because increased muscle mass naturally burns away fat
Higher bone density will result from balanced hormones due to improved metabolic function.
Sperm Production will increase because hormonal balance directly affects reproduction.
Healthier Emotions can be promoted by hormonal supplements because depression, anger, and irritability can result from hormone fluctuations.
Improved Sleep Patterns can result from hormone therapy due to the hormones role in regulating sleep cycles.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, or BHRT, is a safe and effective way to counteract some of the symptoms brought on by Andropause. BHRT is different from other mainstream hormone therapies because bioidentical hormones are the same in chemical structure as the hormones made by the human body.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can successfully eliminate or improve the unwanted side effects of hormonal decline. Because there is no exact level of testosterone that is right for all men, a bioidentical hormone doctor can determine the right level of hormones for each individual.