When hormones are structurally identical to the molecular compounds made in your body, they are said to be bio-identical. By addressing declining hormone levels with these compounds which are already found in your body, we are doing true hormone REPLACEMENT therapy. Synthetic hormones, rather, are a means of hormone SUBSTITUTION rather than replacement as you’re giving your body something LIKE what it has been making most of your life rather than actually giving it that structurally identical compound.
For this and many other reasons, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been found to be extremely effective in treating the symptoms of aging in men. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is considered to be the safest and most effective type of male hormone therapy.
We now know that most men experience what can be referred to as andropause, or male menopause. This decline in hormone levels affects men as early as their mid-30s. By the age of 50, most men have experienced symptoms related to the natural decline of testosterone levels. Studies show that about 90% of men have not been tested or treated for these symptoms despite the fact that most men suffer from some noticeable symptom as they age.
Testosterone is best known as a “sex hormone,” but its effects touch the entire male body. This is why the symptoms of male menopause range from fatigue, depressed mood, decreased libido , decline in erection quality, decreased muscle mass, weight gain and ED.
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Hormonal imbalance is responsible for the symptoms of male menopause. When TOTAL testosterone levels decline, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can replace the TOTAL testosterone level. It is important to note, however, that the TOTAL testosterone level is composed of FREE, BIOAVAILABLE, and BOUND testosterone. With age, several factors can increase a protein called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) which can add a level of complexity to managing a man’s hormone levels. If more of the TOTAL testosterone is bound by SHBG, less is available to work in the body on target organs. If your doctor is not checking SHBG and FREE or BIOAVAILABLE testosterone levels, you may be missing a very important piece of the puzzle.
Blood tests for these dynamics are extremely important. When considering hormone replacement, AgeWell patients undergo thorough laboratory evaluation prior to their first office consultation with anti-aging doctor Amy Garza. With these results in hand, both the doctor and the patient are on the same page in terms of the type of therapy needed. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can effectively ameliorate the loss of free testosterone and the decline in performance that comes with aging.
In addition to diet, exercise, and supplements, Dr. Garza may recommend bio-identical hormone pellet therapy, such as the highly effective Pro-Pell. Dr. Garza is a certified Pro-Pell provider. Pro-Pellet hormone pellet therapy is formulated on a man’s exact hormonal chemistry, and the Pro-Pellets are inserted into fatty tissue of the body, so that they may slowly release the therapeutic hormones.
While pellet therapy works well for many to increase testosterone, some men prefer to use injections or gels to improve their testosterone. Each form of replacement therapy Dr. Garza uses is bioidentical hormone replacement and she helps each patient understand the pros and cons for their individual situation. Dr. Garza will work hand in hand with each patient to decide the best course of therapy.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy enables men experiencing the negative symptoms of hormone decline to gain more energy, have more sexual vitality, and feel healthier overall. Contact us to learn more about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy or to make an appointment with anti-aging doctor Amy Garza, MD.