Hormone production in the testicles of a male decline with age. This condition is known as andropause. While often referred to as “male menopause,” this condition is quite different from a woman’s experience of menopause. Andropause emerges gradually – unlike the more abrupt change in hormone levels that accompany the end of the female reproductive cycle.
While not all men experience it, it’s more common that you might think. Between the age group of 50 and 60, up to 40 percent of the male population may experience andropause – and the odds go up with each passing year. In their 80s and above, more than 90 percent of men experience andropause.
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Testosterone Replacement Therapy is the most common treatment to address the symptoms of andropause, alleviating symptoms like reduced sex drive, loss of lean muscle mass or even depression.
Addressing low or imbalanced hormones – especially testosterone – that result from aging and other conditions that create hormone imbalances or deficiency in men is proven to improve quality of life, alleviate symptoms, and even help prevent bone loss and heart disease.
Bioidentical hormones are hormones designed to be molecularly identical and mimic the effect of the hormones produced by your body so that symptoms of low or unbalanced hormones can be addressed, without the side effects of conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Conventional hormone replacement therapy uses chemicals manufactured in laboratories or derived from animal (typically horse). The hormones are not identical to natural human hormones and do not work as efficiently as natural human hormones – offering only short-term improvement. Unfortunately, studies have shown that as they build up in the body, unwanted side effects can occur.
In Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), on the other hand, the hormones are modified to exactly mimic the natural hormones your body produces. Bioidentical testosterone is often derived from plant sources, such as yams or soy and engineered to match the same exact chemical structure that is already being produced naturally by your body. Because of this, the body readily accepts bioidentical hormones, and they function in a manner identical to natural hormones. The result is more long-term hormone replacement, better hormone balance, and fewer unwanted side effects.
A variety of bio-identical hormones have been approved by the FDA. BHRT for men has been in use for 45 years and has been a successful treatment option with few, if any, side effects.
Clomiphene citrate (CLOMID), an agent commonly used for female infertility that has been shown to improve testosterone levels, libido and fertility in some cases, is an option for men who are younger and want to avoid testicular shrinkage and lower sperm count.
Hormones are biochemical messengers that help regulate metabolism, growth, and sexual response in all of your organs and tissues. Produced in your testicles and endocrine, these hormones operate in perfect balance together. An imbalance can be caused by aging, stress, unhealthy habits, treatments like chemotherapy, or other medical conditions, like injuries to the pelvic area.
Whatever the cause of low testosterone in men, common symptoms can include:
Similar to women in menopause, there are additional health concerns that may arise, including increased risk of bone loss and heart disease. The health concerns of men experiencing andropause require very specialized expertise and care – and a precise balancing of essential hormones like testosterone.
On your first visit, Dr. Borenstein will discuss your medical history, lifestyle, daily stressors, diet, exercise habits, and current medications. BHRT treatment begins with a series of tests to determine the functioning of the endocrine system, the hormone levels and hormonal balance in the body. Once the diagnosis is complete, Dr. Borenstein will prescribe a patient-specific treatment plan that combines bioidentical hormone replacement with nutrition supplements and advice on any changes in lifestyle that may be required.
He may also conduct blood tests to determine baseline levels of various hormones. He may test your saliva to measure bioavailable hormones (the amount that your tissues are able to absorb). A urine test also shows how well you’re metabolizing and detoxifying all hormones.
As with any medical treatment, results of BHRT Therapy will vary from patient to patient, depending on age, genetics, environmental conditions, and other health factors. Tobacco users and heavy alcohol drinkers may not experience the full range of BHRT benefits.
If you are struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, working with a doctor who understands the complexity of hormonal transitions and male reproductive health is critical. At Manhattan Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, we offer the most up-to-date testing and Testosterone Replacement Therapy so you achieve comfort, renewed health and freedom from troublesome symptoms and health risks.
We recommend that you prepare a list of symptoms prior to your first consultation.
Dr. David Borenstein is a top functional medicine practitioner in Florida who recognizes that each patient requires a treatment regimen tailored to his individual health profile and specific symptoms.
Dr. Borenstein has an established history of helping men thrive with Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy - the safest, most natural form of hormone replacement therapy available to help boost your energy, memory, and libido, while lowering your risk of bone loss and heart disease.
Don’t transition through the challenges of andropause and low testosterone alone. Compile your symptoms checklist and call Manhattan Integrative Medicine in Boca Raton, FL at (754) 247-0122 or contact us online.
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