Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Hormonal changes in men cause significant mental and physical health problems. To combat this, there has been a rise in the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) around the globe. Hormone replacement therapy for men is a proactive approach to successful aging.
Why Do Men Need Hormones?
The male reproductive system relies heavily on the use of hormones (chemicals that trigger and maintain the activity of cells or organs). Consequently, there are three hormones that act as main players in the male reproductive system. They are: the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), the luteinizing hormone (LH) and testosterone.
Sperm production requires proper levels of FSH. Similarly, LH triggers the production of testosterone to continue the process of sperm production. Testosterone is the most talked about of the male hormones. According to the Mayo Clinic, Testosterone is necessary for maintaining:
- Bone density
- Fat distribution
- Muscle strength and mass
- Facial and body hair
- Red blood cell production
- Sex drive
- Sperm production
According to Hormone.org, testosterone can become too low for various reasons. Above all, don’t dismiss symptoms as a natural part of aging. Likewise, when testosterone is not in balance it can cause unwelcome health problems. For instance: impotence, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, sleep issues, heart disease, depression, anxiety, weight gain, slow wound healing and fatigue.
What Causes Testosterone Levels to Decrease?
Testosterone levels naturally decrease as you age. However, there comes a point when the rate of the decline, and/or the low levels of testosterone, needs to be addressed for good health.
On average, a man’s testosterone levels drop regularly after the age of 40 and can vary from one day to the next. But, there are instances where declining hormone production can occur too early or too drastically.
An abnormal decline of hormone production can be a result of an illness like diabetes or the condition hypogonadism. Hypogonadism can result in unnaturally low levels of testosterone caused by dysfunction of the testicles. Subsequently, this prohibits the body from producing the proper amount of testosterone.
What Are Signs That You Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
It is not uncommon for male hormones to become unbalanced. As a result, symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, depression, erectile dysfunction, or impotence often occur. Therefore, to determine if your symptoms are due to a change in your hormone levels, schedule a physical exam with a member of our Vitality Medical Center team.
What Are the Types of Hormone Therapy Available for Men?
Patients that are diagnosed with hormone imbalances will be offered a few different options for treatment. For example, some options for testosterone therapy at Vitality Medical Center include the following forms:
- Topical. Patients apply this testosterone gel each day to the shoulders, arms, or abdomen.
- Injections. Intramuscular testosterone injections are administered at Vitality Medical Center every two to three weeks.
- Patches. Testosterone patches are applied each day to the back, arms, buttocks, or abdomen. (But, rotate the application sites.)
What is the Purpose of Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Most importantly, hormone replacement therapy for men is used to restore balance to low testosterone levels. As a result, this therapy can prevent patients from serious mental and physical health problems. Moreover, hormone replacement therapy in men has been proven to return sex drive and normal levels of energy.
To sum up, address the cause of life-altering symptoms today to enjoy a higher quality of life now and well into the future. Call Vitality Medical Center today for consultation!