Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is used to treat both men and women experiencing imbalances or drops in their naturally-occurring hormones. Hormones are responsible for most of your essential bodily functions, so when they are disrupted in any way, cascade effects across all your systems can ensue.
For men, the primary sex hormone is testosterone. It is produced by the testes, and the level of production is controlled by the pituitary gland and brain. From the testes, testosterone moves through the blood to perform a wide range of essential bodily functions, including:
- Red blood cell production
- Sperm production
- Bone mass
- Muscle mass and strength
Testosterone production is at its highest between the ages of 20 and 30 and begins to decrease gradually after about age 35. As testosterone levels decrease, it can cause several problems which may include:
- Diminished sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Urinary problems
- Low sperm count
- Enlarged or tender breasts (caused by an imbalance of testosterone and estradiol)
- Decreased muscle mass and strength
- Decreased bone strength
- Decreased fertility
- Hair loss
In addition to testosterone, men also produce estradiol – a necessary form of estrogen created by the conversion of testosterone. If these sexual hormones become imbalanced, bodily chaos can ensue, potentially wreaking havoc on your health, energy, love life, and confidence. Thankfully, there are several hormone replacement therapy (HRT) options available to men who’ve been diagnosed with low testosterone (“Low T”) or a sex hormone imbalance.
At Balanced Health Medical Center, the primary routes of therapy we offer include oral hormones, creams and gels, and pellet therapy, which are implants the size of a rice grain placed under the skin to deliver a consistent, low dose of testosterone for up to six months. These hormones are derived from naturally-occurring sources, which means the body doesn’t know the difference between the therapeutic hormones and your own natural hormones (referred to as endogenous hormones). This dramatically reduces the number of side effects and increases the overall efficacy of the treatment.
Benefits of HRT include:
- Reduced risk of diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, and stroke
- Improved libido
- Increased sperm count and better fertility
- More energy
- Improved muscle and bone strength
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Reduced body fat and better maintenance of lean body mass
If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone or hormonal imbalance, don’t wait – contact us today at (240) 389-5734 for an appointment!