Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Male hormones, such as testosterone, start decreasing for men around their 30s. In some cases, they drop too far and men require hormone replacement therapy, such as from ALC in West Palm Beach.
What is HRT for Men?
Testosterone is the most prevalent male hormone and influences the growth of testes and sexual characteristics of men, such as deep voices. There are many reasons, among them age, chemotherapy and injury, that testosterone levels can drop and cause symptoms of low testosterone. Hormone replacement therapy brings those levels back up to normal and decreases those symptoms. All it takes is a simple blood test to determine if levels are between 300 and 1,000 ng/dl, which is normal.
Low testosterone can cause body hair loss, weight gain, decreased muscle mass, lower sex drive, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction and depression.
Benefits of HRT
Hormone replacement therapy will decrease or eliminate symptoms caused by low levels of male hormones. This means better mood, stronger bones, typical body hair, weight loss and increased sex drive.
Side Effects of HRT
Some men who undergo HRT develop acne, trouble sleeping, lower sperm count and enlarged prostate. Men with prostate cancer should never undergo HRT.
Administration of HRT
There are three ways to have hormone replacement therapy. It can be injected, but levels will always be highest immediately after injection. It can be administered via a patch that keeps levels steady, but may cause skin irritation. Lastly, men can apply a gel that also keeps levels steady and may cause skin irritation.
Symptoms of testosterone deficiency should prompt a visit to a doctor for testing. A doctor will know best if HRT is safe and how it should be administered for each individual. Risks and benefits should always be discussed with a physician before undergoing treatment. Contact us today for more information!