Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men:
Men experience a gradual reduction in testosterone, starting at about age 30. While this is completely normal and expected as you grow older, there are several undesirable physical and mental changes that accompany hormonal decline. Regenerative medicine provides a means of replenishing some of that which is lost to age, which may boost your energy and undo some of the age-related effects of testosterone depletion.
Hormone Therapy And Andropause
The term “andropause” refers to this gradual testosterone decline. It happens to all men, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do about it.
Hormone replacement therapy – often using bioidentical hormones that are identical to the structure of the hormones in your body – may be the right way to address:
- Decreased sex drive
- Low energy
- Loss of lean muscle mass
- Difficulty losing weight/weight gain
- Poor sleep
- Erectile dysfunction
- Mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hair loss
- Foggy or unclear thinking
All of these things can leave you feeling less than spectacular. In a one-on-one consultation with you, it will be determined whether testosterone levels in your body could be causing these negative effects.
HRT And Hypogonadism
This regenerative medicine therapy may be right for you if you have been diagnosed with hypogonadism. This condition is indicated when the testes do not produce normal levels of testosterone.
Unlike age-related testosterone decline, hypogonadism can affect you as a younger man. Hormone therapy may be an effective way to replenish your testosterone.
What Are The Benefits Of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement For Men?
Prior to the development of bioidentical hormones, the whole concept of hormone balancing through replacement was relatively obscure in the arena of men’s health. Addressing hormone imbalance in a way that mimics the body’s natural processes offers numerous benefits. These include:
- Reduced risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Better natural weight control.
- Increase in muscle mass and strength.
- Enhanced sexual desire and performance.
- Higher, more consistent energy levels.
- More capacity to sustain bone density with age
What Are The Potential Side Effects Of Bioidentical Hormones For Men?
No drug, even herbal supplements, is completely without risk. As you navigate the best way for you to regain energy, sexual performance, weight, and more using bioidentical hormone therapy, it’s important that you also consider the potential side effects and how to manage them if they do occur. Compared to synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormone replacement has far fewer risks. One of the reasons is that hormone replacements are made of ingredients that very closely resemble the hormones your body makes. Another is that your doctor customizes treatment to you not once but on a continual basis. Every so often, lab tests are repeated to ensure you’re receiving the proper dosage based on your current needs.
The side effects that may occur with bioidentical hormone therapy for men include:
- Acne or increase in oily skin
- Mild fluid retention
- Decreased testicular size
- Decrease in sperm count
- Elevated red blood cell count
What Is Done About Elevated Red Blood Cell Count Due To Testosterone Replacement?
It’s important to have management strategies in place in case TRT causes elevated red blood cells. This can happen because, in addition to supporting muscle mass and sex drive, testosterone is involved in the body’s production of red blood cells. Sustained production can lead to elevated hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. An increased number of red blood cells can be concerning due to the increased thickness of the blood. The thicker the blood, the greater the risk of heart attack and stroke. Not to worry. Your BHRT doctor is aware of this potential side effect. Before you begin bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, you will undergo lab work to test various measurements, including your blood cell counts. This gives us a baseline to go back to every few months to ensure you’re remaining within a healthy range.
One of the most common ways that men receiving testosterone replacement therapy manage their red blood cell count is to donate blood. Usually, blood donations can be done every eight weeks. However, if your red blood cell count becomes too high, your doctor may write a prescription that instructs you to donate as often as every four weeks for a short period of time.
Elevated red blood cells can feel like a concerning side effect of bioidentical hormone replacement. We are aware of this risk and more than happy to speak with you about how we prevent unnecessary consequences through customization and periodic follow-ups.
Can Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Help Resolve Gynecomastia?
Male breast enlargement, known as gynecomastia, is a relatively common condition that is finally getting the attention it deserves. That said, we’ve gone from not addressing male breast enlargement at all to having two ends of the spectrum in terms of treatment. Today, we have men trying to correct gynecomastia with diet and exercise, potentially hazardous supplements, and surgery. Bioidentical hormone therapy might not just be an in-between, but the ideal treatment in many cases.
Many men who develop gynecomastia show signs of hormone imbalance. When a man’s testosterone levels decline sharply, he may then experience increased levels of estrogen. Yes, men have naturally-occurring estrogen. This is referred to as estrogen dominance. When there is enough estrogen in any human body, breast tissue grows. That’s part of estrogen’s role!
Gynecomastia treatment can include plastic surgery if you want to achieve quick results. The role of BHRT is to address the underlying cause of male breast enlargement: hormonal imbalance. Now, we must say that hormone imbalance is not behind every case of gynecomastia, but it is involved in a fair number of cases. The key to successful treatment is to understand your biology and current needs as they relate to diet, lifestyle, hormones, and overall wellness.
What Are Bioidentical Hormones?
Bioidentical hormones closely mimic the structure of the hormones in your body. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) replenishes levels of testosterone or other hormones lacking in a person’s body. This type of hormone is derived from plant materials.
Schedule A Hormone Therapy Consultation
First your current hormonal levels must be evaluated. After testing and assessment, we can determine if you are a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy. It can be administered via implantable pellets, pills taken by mouth or creams used on the skin. The results can last several months to a year. The schedule an appointment to meet with a specialist, please call us at (385) 388-8600 or complete an online contact form and our office will be in touch with you.