Hormone Replacement Therapy
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
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What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men?
BHRT restores hormone levels to a balanced state so that the body can function at its best. Bioidentical hormones are created in a lab. These hormones are bio-identical to the hormones that are naturally produced by your body. Unlike synthetic hormones, bio-identical hormones are an exact match to your hormone receptors, which means they work better and have fewer side effects than synthetic hormones. Because bio-identical hormones are compounded into customized prescriptions at a compounding pharmacy, your doctor can prescribe a dose that will deliver the exact amounts of hormones that your body needs to regain balance.
Hormones play an important role in the male body. Men begin to experience an annual decline in their hormone levels beginning in their mid-20s. Andropause, often referred to as male menopause, is a result of low testosterone levels throughout the body. Reduced testosterone can cause symptoms that reduce a man's quality of life.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Low Sex Drive
Insomnia / Sleep Problems
Decreased Muscle Mass
Decreased Bone Density
Mood Changes / Irritability
Although many symptoms may be tied to Low Testosterone (Low-T), total blood testosterone level is the most important measure of testosterone deficiency. In addition to a simple but advanced blood test, you will be asked to complete a detailed questionnaire regarding your overall health history.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy - Pellets
Bioidentical hormone replacement pellets are small, rice-sized pellets that are placed under the skin and release a specific measured amount of hormones over several months. Pellets are the only form of testosterone or estrogen hormone replacement therapy considered to be long-term and maintain their effectiveness twenty-four hours a day for several months.
One of our long time patients shares his personal journey of discovering that he was suffering from low testosterone and how he found relief and the many benefits of BHRT for Men.
At some point in my late 30s or early 40s I began to feel what I thought was depression. Despite being happily married, financially well-off and enjoying good health, I felt emotionally flat. I noticed these feelings especially during the winter months and came to believe that I was suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.
As the years ticked by, those feelings of depression got worse. Now, not only did I feel "flat", but I started feeling "unwell". By the time January & February rolled around each winter, I sometimes felt an inexplicable sense of "impending doom", like something really bad was about to happen.
I can't count the number of psychiatrists and psychologists that I saw. The diagnoses ran from "unspecific depression" to full on bipolar depression. I tried lots and lots of medications, including Wellbutrin, Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, Abilify and Seroquel. Not only did none of these medications help me in the slightest, but each had horrific side effects. Prozac & Zoloft zeroed out my sex drive and left me almost completely unable to get an erection. Effexor caused "brain shocks", that felt like getting zapped with electricity any time I moved my eyes. Seroquel completely tranquilized me and in the resulting inactivity, I put on 20-30 lbs.
I felt hopeless. I didn't know what to do. I refused to take any more medications and I stopped going to see my doctor... (Read Full Story)