male menopause

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men

Women are not the only ones affected by hormonal changes. Aging men go through Andropause also reffered to as Male Menopause.  Gradual loss of hormones affect every aging person.

There is a different way males are affected by hormonal changes. A dominating hormone in males is testosterone. It is associated with anything that make a man a man. Starting with gender through body form, muscle skeletal system, to brain and mental functions , testosterone is a ‘manly’ hormone.

Contrary to women the decline in male hormone levels is not as rapid. Male reproductivity is not based on cycles as in women. Men can be reproductive until very advanced age but the sexual activity is related to levels of testosterone.

Hormones in human bodies are produced by many glands. Peaks of activity of those glands depend mainly on the age of the person and genetics. The body has a small capacity to synthesize certain missing hormones but often it is not enough to keep the balance in entire endocrine system.

Once the hormones stop being produced the decline is steady. Men can suffer from symptoms like: fatigue, weight issues, loss of muscle, gaining fat, gynecomastia, diminished sex drive, irritability, erectile dysfunction, sleep issues,  hot flashes, urinary issues, hair loss, brain function decline and memory loss.

Male hormones are generated in testicles, two most important ones are testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone. Both are created in Leydig cells which decrease in aging men. Rapid decline in quantity of Leidig cells will result in dramatic andropausal symptoms.

BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy) offers help in replenishing missing hormones and relieving annoying symptoms. Qualified BHRT practitioner will establish current levels of male hormones by using urine, saliva tests and blood tests. Important thing in evaluating the patient is personal medical history and family medical history.

Current lifestyle always affects health and unhealthy choices will promote aging. Often lifestyle change is required to work together with hormone replacement therapy in order to maximize results. The physician prescribe s a dose of hormones and monitors changes in symptoms.

Most of the time a proper diet is necessary. Nutrition program designed to support therapy and fitness program will help cope with hormonal imbalance. Naturally there are many benefits to have a healthy lifestyle regardless of person’s medical condition, but doctor’s examination often shows that symptoms are also associated to bad nutrition and lack of exercise.

Any solutions offered by doctors will match current andropause symptoms. As the therapy progresses supervising physician may adjust the dose of hormones, every patient is treated individually and will need carefully adjusted dose of hormones to relieve the symptoms.

Hormone absorption during Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy will depend on the form of administration of hormones.

Attaining optimum hormonal balance is the key to successful therapy, as  hormones work in harmony and lack in one area affects other areas. This is why there is risk in any hormone therapy, any overdose or wrong type of hormones prescribed can have serious consequences in later time.

Hormone therapy takes some time to balance hormones within the body but it should be a temporary treatment. Prolonged exposure to unnatural levels of hormones may pose increased risk of complications to many organs and tissues.



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