Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy For Males
Males begin a hormonal decline at age 35 – there is a decrease of 2% of testosterone production per year. As those testosterone levels fall, men begin to experience decreased mental clarity, mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, extreme fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Most men do not lose their sex drive, so this can’t be used as a marker of hormonal balance!
Often patients are band-aids with antidepressants, sleeping and anxiety pills and a host of other medications. These drugs have additional side effects such as weight gain, zombie like-state, dependency for sleep, and decreased sex drive. These medications do not address the root problem that is causing the symptoms.
In a recent study, men over 55 with higher levels of testosterone showed a significant reduction in coronary artery disease and heart attacks; testosterone builds bone by 8.3% per year, preventing osteopenia and osteoporosis. Low testosterone increases cortisol levels and insulin levels, both of which increase belly fat and increase your risk for diabetes.
What is “normal” for the average population may not be optimal for you. The optimal testosterone level in males is 900-1100, a “normal” lab reference can range from 200-1100 for men. Men are typically symptomatic under 400 but that’s in the”normal range.”
Why are Hormone Pellets Better?
Hormone pellets offer a natural hormone balance method that keeps your levels in the optimal range 24/7. Methods that put your hormones on a roller coaster by taking something every day, like shots and creams, don’t offer the benefit of balanced hormones 24 hours a day. The release of the hormones is regulated by your cardiac output. As your heart pumps faster, like when you are working out, blood flow increases over the pellet and increases the release of hormones required by your increase in activity. While you are sleeping, when your cardiac output is lowered, less hormone is released.
Is the Hormone Pellet Made Specifically for Me?
A battery of lab tests are performed and the hormone pellet is customized to your individual hormone levels. A complete thyroid panel is drawn, as well as vitamin D3 levels. If these are abnormal they will also be supplemented because there is a synergy between all of these with testosterone, achieving optimal levels of all of these will allow you to gain the most benefits and give you the best results.
Hormone pellets last longer in men than women, lasting around 9 months depending on your activity level.
How are the Hormone Pellets Placed?
A minor surgical procedure is performed where the skin is numbed on the fatty part of your buttock, a small incision is made and a trocar instrument is then used to tunnel under the skin and place the pellets under the skin. The incision is then closed with a sterile paper strip. Most patients experience minimal discomfort.
Customized to Fit Your Lifestyle
Many men can begin experiencing symptoms related to low Testosterone levels associated with aging around age 40. Also known as Andropause or Hypogonadism, the terms refer to the many physical and emotional changes that occur due to low or imbalanced hormones. Testosterone replacement is essential in helping you experience long-term symptom relief and optimal health and wellness.
You may greatly benefit from customized testosterone hormone therapy:
- Weight Gain
- Loss of Muscle / Difficulty Building Muscle
- Decreased Libido
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Low Motivation or Drive
- Depression / Anxiety
- Trouble with Focus / Memory / Concentration
- Aches, Pain, Stiffness
- Decreased Bone Mass
- Insomnia / Decreased Energy
- Higher Cholesterol
- Higher Blood Sugar / Metabolic Syndrome
There are many well-documented benefits of maintaining optimal levels of testosterone, including better health and healthy aging, as well as an overall sense of well-being. One study, the 2015 Veterans Database Study, found that men who treated low testosterone with testosterone therapy experienced a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. Another study in 2016 published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), found that testosterone therapy improved mood, sexual health, and physical fitness in men.
Your doctor will evaluate your hormone levels, usually by a lab draw blood test; then review your lab results with you and customize recommendations with a plan to fit your lifestyle, including hormone balancing, stress reduction, nutritional, fitness and supplement recommendations.
Types of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
We offer many types of testosterone therapy including creams, injections, and testosterone pellets. We also offer other therapies which can increase testosterone levels for certain individuals, especially younger men who suffer from low testosterone.
Hormone therapy is one of the regenerative medicine treatments offered at Integrative Telemedicine. Our physicians will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your condition in order to determine which treatment might be best for you. They will explain your options so that you can make a decision you’re most comfortable with.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, call our friendly staff today at (520) 396-4866 or fill out our online request form. We look forward to being your healthcare partner.