Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Men suffer from hormonal imbalances, like women do. As men age, their testosterone levels steadily decline once they hit 30 and then dramatically drop in their 40’s and 50’s. Growing older is hard enough for men without having to needlessly suffer from declines in testosterone hormone levels. This is called Andropause or the male menopause, as the aging process and symptoms are similar to the symptoms women experience during perimenopause and menopause. The difference is that the decline in hormones, for men, is not as sharp and sudden as a woman’s decline during menopause. They may not feel drastic physical changes but rather small dips in their energy level, stamina, mental function, and sense of well being among other things.
Andropause is the period in a man’s life that is marked by a drop in the levels of the male hormone, testosterone. Normally occurring between the ages of 45 and 55, andropause a slow, steady reduction in testosterone levels. Unlike menopause in women, however, middle-aged men do not experience the complete and permanent shutdown of their reproductive capacity.
Andropause is often accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Fatigue and energy loss
- Loss of sex drive
- Occasional bouts of impotence
- Mood swings
- Loss in physical strength and agility
The treatment for Andropause (male menopause) is typically diagnosed by a physician who specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Your physician will evaluate the body’s hormone levels, which are typically obtained through blood tests performed by a lab. After reviewing your lab results, the physician’s recommendations for the treatment of andropause usually will include hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones and testosterone. Testosterone Replacement therapy is a treatment for men with low testosterone who want to boost their health and overall well-being.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can be subscribed in various forms including gels, creams, patches, injections and pellets.
The Benefits of BHRT are significant in men with low to normal hormone levels are substantial and often include:
- Improved sexual performance
- Improved lipid and cholesterol levels
- Improved prostate health
- Improved blood sugar balance
- Improved mood and outlook
- Increased focus and concentration
- More strength and energy
- Improved well being
- Greater libido
- Reduced aches and pains
- Better quality of sleep
- Improved muscle mass
Thyroid – Located in the neck, around the “Adam’s apple”, the thyroid gland controls all of the metabolic functions in our bodies. In fact, the thyroid is the body’s primary regulator. Thyroid hormones control how quickly our body uses energy and makes proteins. They control the body’s sensitivity to other hormones, as well as vitamin use, digestion, the functioning of muscles and nerves, blood flow, oxygen use, and sexual function.