Hormone Therapy for Men

Men experience their own menopause, known as andropause, where testosterone can significantly decline. This is the most common hormone imbalance occurring in men after the age of 40, but can begin in your 30’s as well. Many factors contribute to this aging process, including stress, poor lifestyle, smoking, and alcohol. Typical symptoms include erectile dysfunction, fatigue, poor sleep quality, depression, lack of motivation, decreased muscle mass, and weight gain. Low testosterone has been found to be associated with heart disease. Replacement therapy with bioidentical testosterone provides men an opportunity to supplement their natural production, improve symptoms, and promote a better quality of life.

*Note: Pricing may vary for all Hormone Therapy 

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is part of a group of hormones known as androgens which are responsible for sex drive, fertility, muscle mass and fat distribution, as well as red blood cell production. It is the primary hormone for men that provide them with motivation, energy, muscle mass, and sex drive.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

The most common symptoms of low testosterone include decreased sex drive, fatigue, muscle weakness, weight gain, fertility issues, and loss of bone density. Low testosterone levels have also been shown to put men more at risk for depression and cardiovascular disease.

What are the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy?

For men, testosterone can increase sex drive and improve erectile dysfunction. Testosterone replacement can effectively stabilize mood and reduce symptoms of depression. Increased testosterone levels stimulates metabolism and muscle building, leading to a stronger and leaner body.

How will A2U treat my testosterone deficiency?

An initial consult will be performed in order to obtain a medical history and symptom review. The physician will order blood work to determine your current testosterone levels. Depending on your results, the physician will prescribe a recommended testosterone treatment according to your individual needs. After beginning the therapy, follow ups and routine blood work will be done to monitor values and improvement of symptoms.

What is DHEA?

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. The main function of DHEA is to help produce other hormones including testosterone.

What are the symptoms of low DHEA?

When DHEA is low, sex hormones decrease in production leading to symptoms of fatigue, low muscle mass, weight gain and inability to handle stress.

What are the benefits for DHEA replacement?

Supplementing with DHEA can improve muscle tone and bone density. DHEA has been shown to efficiently stabilize mood and lower inflammation. Considering it supports the production of sex hormones, often times it can stimulate sex drive, as well as enhances workouts and muscle build.

How will A2U treat my DHEA deficiency?

An initial consult will be performed in order to obtain a medical history and symptom review. The physician will order blood work to determine your current DHEA levels. Depending on your results, the physician will prescribe a recommended DHEA treatment according to your individual needs. After beginning the therapy, follow ups and routine blood work will be done to monitor values and improvement of symptoms.

What is human growth hormone?

Human growth hormone is responsible for our development during childhood. Bursts of growth hormone increase as we hit puberty where it peaks, and eventually plateaus. It is responsible for maintaining a body wide functions, and it’s decrease over time leads to aging.

What are the symptoms of low human growth hormone?

Overtime as we endure the aging process, growth hormone production decreases. With the diminished levels of this hormone, the body becomes weaker, struggles to repair itself, internal organs run slower, blood sugar levels fluctuate, fat distribution increases, and bones become frail.

What are the benefits of treating growth deficiency?

Supplementing low levels of growth hormone can increase energy, stamina, and endurance. It is also provides mental clarity and focus. Improvements can also be seen in immune function, wound healing, and sleep habits. Overall, increasing growth hormone levels rejuvenates the body and brings back a youthful feeling and appearance.

How will A2U treat my growth hormone deficiency?

To treat growth hormone deficiency, a consult to obtain a symptom history will be done along with blood work to determine severity of deficiency. Growth Hormone Releasing Protein (GHRP), is a peptide therapy that has been shown to improve growth hormone levels. These peptides stimulate our hypothalamus to release growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) to encourage the pituitary hormone to release more growth hormone. In addition, the GHRP has the ability to directly stimulate the pituitary’s production of growth hormone. A2U’s physician will recommend a specific dose of GHRP and follow up in 4-8 weeks to determine if this is appropriate. The treatment plan will either remain, or adjustments may be made to accommodate symptoms and lab values.

What is thyroid hormone?

Thyroid hormone is secreted from a small gland within the front of your neck and is responsible for an individual’s basal metabolic rate. It regulates most functions in the body including heart and digestive function, brain development, mood maintenance, and body temperature.

What are the symptoms of low thyroid?

The most common symptoms for low thyroid include fatigue, feeling cold at most times, dry skin, hair loss, constipation, and weight gain.

What are the symptoms of too much thyroid?

The most common symptoms for excess thyroid include irritability, nervousness, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, weight loss without trying, racing heart, and frequent diarrhea.

What are the benefits to treating my thyroid imbalance?

Increasing low levels of thyroid can improve all regulatory functions in the body. In addition, it enhances quality of life by providing more energy, regulating body temperature, triggering regular bowel movements, and increasing mental clarity.

Decreasing high levels of thyroid help calm and regulate all body systems, reducing anxiety, heart palpitations, and promoting a healthy sleep cycle.

How will A2U treat my thyroid imbalance?

An initial consult will be performed in order to obtain a medical history and symptom review. The physician will order blood work to determine your thyroid levels. Depending on your results, the physician will prescribe a recommended thyroid treatment according to your individual needs. After beginning the therapy, follow ups and routine blood work will be done to monitor values and improvement of symptoms.

What is cortisol?

Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland that helps regulate a variety of processes throughout the body. Some of these include metabolism, blood sugar and blood pressure regulation, inflammatory response, electrolyte balance, and immune response. In addition, cortisol is a key element in the body’s response and ability to manage stress.

What are the symptoms of low cortisol?

When levels of cortisol are depleted, the most common symptom experienced is extreme fatigue. Other symptoms include weight loss, mood changes, and general body weakness. Individuals may also experience dizziness, particularly upon standing.

What are the symptoms of high cortisol?

When cortisol levels become elevated over time, the most common symptom seen is rapid weight gain, particularly in the face, abdomen and chest, but the body’s limbs remain slender. High cortisol levels can also cause symptoms of high blood pressure, muscle weakness, mood swings, increased thirst, frequent urination, and poor sex drive.

What are the benefits of treating my cortisol imbalance?

Correcting cortisol imbalances, whether high or low, improves overall health. It allows for optimal immune function, improved metabolic levels to help maintain appropriate weight, blood pressure control, and a better response to stress.

How will A2U treat my cortisol deficiency?

An initial consult will be performed in order to obtain a medical history and symptom review. The physician will order blood work to determine your cortisol levels. Depending on your results, the physician will prescribe a recommended treatment depending on whether your cortisol levels are too low or too high. After beginning recommended protocols, follow ups and routine blood work will be done to monitor values and improvement of symptoms.

FAQ

Bioidentical hormones contain the exact same structure as the hormones that the body naturally produces. Previously synthetic hormones were the only type available. Synthetic hormones vary in chemical structure and therefore often times are ineffective or result in unwanted side effects. Both synthetic and bioidentical hormones are manufactured in a laboratory, but the benefit to bioidentical products their chemical structure is exactly the same as what we naturally produce.

Both women and men can suffer from hormone imbalances, and therefore are ideal candidates for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Aging has a significant effect on hormones and can create symptoms that make individuals feel less like themselves. Common symptoms include fatigue, foggy brain, insomnia, muscle loss, and changes in sexual lifestyle. Women approaching, going through, or postmenopause suffering from mood swings, hot flashes, and weight gain can benefit from balancing their hormones. Aging triggers a process called andropause in men that can contribute to diminished testosterone levels, which can be supplemented.

Bioidentical hormones come in various delivery methods. Hormones can be administered through intramuscular injections, creams, oral pills, or sublingual tablets.

Bioidentical hormones can provide relief for nearly all of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with menopause, andropause, and other various imbalances. BHRT provides an individualized treatment plan, therefore dosing will vary person to person. Though results are not guaranteed, many people who undergo treatment feel rejuvenated and more youthful.

Consultation for BHRT includes the practitioner collecting a previous medical history, as well as current symptoms. During the consultation, the practitioner will analyze your symptoms, history, and lifestyle to determine the appropriate laboratory testing that will be needed. A plan will be devised and discussed in order to set up an optimal and individualized protocol, tailored to your needs.

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