Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Men begin losing testosterone at the rate of 1-3% per year beginning at age 30. Current medical research now defines a male equivalent to menopause as Andropause. Most men enter into andropause around the mid to late forties or early fifties, and during this time, hormone levels can take a steep drop. While many hormones are important to male health, such as DHEA, Human Growth Hormone, Thyroid Hormone, and Melatonin, the hormone deficiency that affects men the most during this time is a lack of testosterone. Most men believe they must endure their body and hormonal changes as part of aging. However, this is no longer necessary with the use of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and it is mostly made in the testicles and partly in the adrenal glands. This hormone helps men to develop their secondary male sex characteristics during puberty, such as a deeper voice, facial and body hair, and muscle tone. When testosterone begins to decline in men, the adrenal glands usually attempt to make up for the testicles slowed production of the hormone; however, men that have experienced stress or that make poor lifestyle choices, have weakened their adrenal glands to an extent that does not allow them to provide a sufficient amount of hormones to the body.
Causes For Male Testosterone Decline
While testosterone can decline for many reasons, aging is the most prevalent reason for hormonal decline. Other factors can include stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, and environmental factors. When men feel stressed, the body may release cortisol, which counteracts the effects of stress and can suppress the actions of testosterone. A lack of nutrition can reduce the body’s ability to make testosterone, and inadequate sleep can be registered as stress in the body. When a man does not get enough rest, the body will use adrenal hormones to create adrenaline, which can use the building blocks needed to make testosterone for creating an extra boost of energy. Plastics, toxins, and chemicals can create the production of estrogens in the body, which can further suppress the actions of testosterone and cause more hormonal imbalances. All of these factors can contribute to male hormone decline.
Bio-identical Testosterone For Men
Despite the cause of a hormonal imbalance, bio-identical hormones can help men to overcome imbalances in a safe and natural way. Because the testosterone used in BHRT is totally natural, it is ideal for men wanting the benefits of a bio-identical hormone, without the drawbacks of a synthetic.
Some of the symptoms of a testosterone deficiency in men include:
- Lack of Mental Acuity
- Muscle Atrophy
- Loss of Libido
- Increased Abdominal Fat
- Poor Workout Performances
- Difficulty Achieving or Sustaining Erection
- Hair Loss
- Reduced Stamina
- Weight Gain
Bio-identical hormones have had excellent results treating men with hormonal imbalances. Many Men that have taken bio-identical hormones have experienced increased sexual desire, weight loss, increased muscle mass, more energy, and reduced depression or irritability.
Delivery Methods of BHRT For Men
Hormonal needs for men have received national attention, but marginal treatment options have previously been available. Hormonal treatments for men can be expensive, require daily consumption, and in many cases, need to be carefully timed with their partner’s needs for normal sexual activities and pleasure. Bio-identical hormone pellet therapy is the only method of testosterone therapy that gives sustained and consistent testosterone levels throughout the day, for 4 to 6 months, without any “roller coaster” blood levels of testosterone, which can result in mood and energy fluctuations for the patient. Men using bio-identical pellets can experience even moods, consistent sexual function, and increased vitality.