The hormones in our body control most of the fundamental functions necessary to maintain homeostasis.
In men, testosterone is a hormone that aids in the development of manly features such as a deep voice, facial and body hair, and muscle strength. It is associated with sex drive regulation (libido), bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, red blood cells, and sperm production.
When your testosterone levels drop, this causes an imbalance that leads to low testosterone deficiency.
Low testosterone deficiency is a condition in which the testes do not produce enough testosterone—leading to low sex drive, feelings of depression, decreased brain performance, lack of energy, loss of muscular strength, and osteoporosis.
Testosterone deficiency in men generally occurs with aging. However, there are instances like hypogonadism that can occur at any age.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is one of the most known ways to treat low testosterone levels among men., and come in many different forms. Doctors may recommend skin patches, topical gels, oral therapy, pellets, and injections.
What is BHRT?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a treatment to replace hormones or treat hormones that are out of balance. BHRT is an effective treatment for hormonal imbalance that dates back to the 1930s.
Bioidentical hormones are hormones that are very similar to those naturally produced by the human body. BHRT is derived from plant extracts and closely resembles the molecular structure of human hormones. Since these hormone sources come from plants, they offer a more natural form of symptom relief than the traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Benefits of BHRT for Men
Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy helps in maintaining the balance of testosterone in your body.
Research has shown the benefits of TRT, for instance, libido and energy level increase, improvement in bone density, increased strength and muscle mass, and cardioprotective effects.
Other reported benefits include:
- More energy
- Reduced body fat
- Improved mood
- Reduced anxiety
- Increased muscular strength
- Boosted sexual performance
- Maintenance of lean body mass
BHRT Administration and Side Effects
Since testosterone levels vary by person, BHRT offers more customized and individualized doses for your treatment.
Here at Opt Health, we will conduct a consultation with you, and order tests and blood work to determine the appropriate dosage for you. The doses will depend on your symptoms and needs. Doctors may recommend any one of the various forms (skin patches, topical gels, oral therapy, pellets, and injections).
A consistent follow up will be scheduled to monitor and adjust your dosage if necessary.
Potential Side Effects
Some side effects may occur after the first dose. These side effects get better as the body adjusts to the new levels of hormones. Some common side effects include:
- Worsening sleep apnea
- Breast enlargement
- Acne or other skin reactions
- Stimulating non-cancerous prostate enlargement
- Limited sperm production
- May stimulate red blood cell production, which may contribute to the formation of a blood clot
A study highlighting TRT’s update indicates that TRT is generally considered a safe and beneficial option in improving health-related quality of life in men.
At present, some research has contradicted results regarding the nature of TRT and cardiovascular diseases. Nevertheless, men with existing comorbidities should talk to their doctor about hormone therapy to side with caution.
Is BHRT for Me?
If you experience testosterone deficiency’s physical and psychological symptoms, it may be time to take control of your health.
Bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy has shown benefits as a result of stabilizing your testosterone levels. There are potential side effects associated with TRT. However, TRT is generally safe and beneficial in men. An open discussion with your doctor about existing comorbidities can help determine the right dosage and avoid potential risks.
Here at Opt Health, we use BHRT for TRT to help men with low testosterone levels. We follow a step-by-step process to give you a personalized treatment plan – from symptoms diagnosis to blood tests – so you can achieve the best results possible.
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