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BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE OPTIMIZATION THERAPY FOR MEN

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What is BHRT?

A person may not need to begin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) until they are deficient.  There are also many herbs, supplements, and vitamins that can effectively treat symptoms associated with andropause, menopause, and perimenopause.

The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to replace hormonal deficiencies and create an optimal balance using hormones that are biochemically similar to the hormones that the human body produces naturally. These hormones are known as bio-identical hormones, they are compounded hormones that are customized for individual patients by pharmacists with special training. Synthetic hormones are also made in a laboratory but they are not identical to your natural ones. Bio-identical hormones are the most natural form of hormone replacement therapy for men and women.

In women, hormones can become imbalanced as early as age 35, even if they are still having normal menstrual cycles. Hormone imbalance can lead to fatigue, memory loss, dizziness, and irritability. This is in addition to symptoms commonly associated with menopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, depression, skin dryness, and headaches.

FAQ & Questions.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions by you, answered by our doctors.

Your thyroid gland regulates the production of thyroid hormones, which in turn regulate your metabolism. Thyroid imbalance can arise from the thyroid gland being suboptimal (more common) or overactive.

Subopitimal Thyroid is a common health condition affecting millions of women and it can also affect men. It is frequently overlooked in our health care system. Low body temperature and fatigue are the most common symptoms of low thyroid gland function. The severity of symptoms can range from a mild deficiency state, which is not detectable using standard thyroid blood tests (sub-clinical hypothyroidism), to severe deficiency states.

The function of the thyroid gland is to produce the hormones that drive your metabolic rate. These thyroid hormones act by boosting your body’s metabolic activity. All physical activities require energy so if your thyroid gland is under-functioning, the symptoms of low thyroid function can be far reaching.

The thyroid gland is located near the front of the throat, just below the voice box. Common signs & symptoms that your thyroid may be under active include:

  • Susceptibility to the cold
  • Lethargy or fatigue
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Depression
  • Dry skin, hair & nails
  • Coarse hair or hair loss
  • Thinning of the eyebrows
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle weakness & joint pain
  • Menstrual problems
  • Infertility
  • Sluggish memory & concentration
  • Lowered stress resistance
  • Recurrent infections

Both men and women need Testosterone for optimal health. It is needed for libido, muscle mass and strength, leanness, and a general sense of well-being, positive mood, and sharp mental function. Women who have low levels or non-detectable testosterone levels suffer from a loss of libido, an increase in body fat, and osteoporosis. A loss in testosterone in men can lead to atherosclerosis, increased risk of heart disease, obesity, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. There is no evidence that testosterone therapy causes prostate cancer although it can cause undetectable cancer to grow larger if present.

Andropause is often referred to as male menopause. This is a state in which the hormonal balance of men is deficient and they may suffer decreased libido, decreased sexual function, fatigue, loss of muscle mass, and depression. Some men describe it as a feeling of sudden and rapid aging. The cause of this condition is often multifactorial, being a result of adrenal fatigue as well as low levels of Testosterone, DHEA, and Growth Hormone. – Read more at Testosterone Replacement Therapy.