Hot Flashes in Men
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Hormone imbalance is usually the problem when a man struggles with decrease in sex drive. The most common reason is a decrease in testosterone, although levels of estrogen and prolactin need also to be evaluated. There is no absolute hormone level that can be used to diagnose the problem. Very often times, a low diagnostic hormone level needs to be taken in context to your symptoms.
Hormonal cause for a diminished male sex drive
- Low testosterone levels
- Normal testosterone levels with symptoms
- High estrogen levels
- High prolactin levels
Testosterone in Men
Testosterone is the life source for the male body. It’s what makes a man a man. This is because the male body is filled with testosterone receptors. If testosterone levels dip, these receptors won’t receive enough testosterone to keep you going. The result is fatigue. Low sex drive. Muscle loss. And many other symptoms.
Facts About Testosterone In Men
- Testosterone is an anabolic steroid. While “steroid” is a word that engenders negative connotations with those who follow sports, men actually produce this anabolic steroid naturally. In fact, men require it to live.
- If done correctly, there are no side effects from testosterone therapy. It’s safe and it’s healthy.
- Testosterone does not cause prostate cancer. Excess estrogen, in fact, is the root cause of prostrate cancer.
- Replacing testosterone should be done in conjunction with balancing other hormones.
- Testosterone is the feel-good hormone for men. With testosterone therapy, you will see improvement in 1 to 2 weeks. You should feel like a new man in 3 to 6 weeks.
- Testosterone levels in men are declining at an accelerated rate in recent years.
- Studies suggest that this acceleration is likely due to pollutants and petrochemicals in the environment. While unusual 10 years ago, now we routinely treat men in their 20s and 30s.
Common Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- Weight gain / Loss
- Low Energy
- Slowing Metabolism
- Insulin Resistance
- Hair Loss
- Low Sex Drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Memory Loss
Lab Levels and What They Mean
The word “normal” means different things to different healthcare professionals. Some physicians will use the word “normal” to describe a testosterone level that you would expect for a man at a particular age without treatment. For instance, if a man is 70, and his levels are very low, he may be told that’s normal for his age. Other physicians will say levels are acceptable if they fall within the “normal lab tested range”, even though men are likely to experience symptoms at the lower end of that range.
At Renew Youth, we object to the medical community’s flexible use of the word “normal” when it comes to male hormones. And we don’t think it should be considered normal for a man to suffer with symptoms of andropause. This is why we don’t think in terms of normal levels—we think in terms of optimal levels. Optimal is where a man feels and functions at his best, without unpleasant symptoms.
Any physician who tells a male patient experiencing clear symptoms of andropause that his levels are normal and that he doesn’t need treatment is doing a serious disservice to that patient. Don’t settle for being told “you have normal testosterone for your age”. If you’re having symptoms of low testosterone, call us. We will give you straight answers and solid information.
Treatment of Low Testosterone
Med-Health 360 can help you with low testosterone through bio-identical testosterone replacement therapy.
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Percentage of Men Experiencing Andropause Symptoms By Age
Frequently Asked Questions
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been used in the United States since 1938. Bio-identical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and a small amount of soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within our own bodies. There are numerous studies worldwide that document the benefits and safety of BHRT. These studies also report a lower incidence of side effects when compared with prescription drugs. BHRT should not be confused with “synthetic hormones which are typically found in many creams, gels and injectables used for hormone replacement.
BHRT is a short, simple in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Your doctor will insert the pellets into the fatty layer just beneath your skin. In men and women, a small incision is made in the buttocks or in the lower abdomen. The process is painless and takes just a few minutes.
One of greatest advantages of pellet therapy is the low incidence of side effects. Although extremely rare, side effects may include: slight bruising, minor bleeding, infection or extrusion of the pellets.
Your doctor will interpret your blood tests and determine an appropriate dosage specifically designed for your body. Women who receive estrogen can feel significantly better in 24-36 hours. Men and women who receive testosterone will start to feel relief of symptoms in 10-14 days. After your pellet insertion, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days as directed by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate your hormone levels on an ongoing basis and monitor any future changes needed.
You can obtain BHRT Pellets by scheduling an appointment with a trained, certified physician who specializes in hormonal therapy. In order to obtain the correct dosage and proper placement of the pellets, the doctor should be knowledgeable and specifically trained in pellet therapy!
To find out if BHRT is the right solution for you, speak with an HTCA physician today!
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