When you hear about hormone replacement therapy, you might think that it’s just for women. Men can also benefit from HRT to restore testosterone levels, especially as they age. Learn more about hormone replacement therapy for men.
All About Testosterone
Testosterone is an important hormone in the male body that is required for sexual development, reproductive functions, building muscle, maintaining bone density and maintaining appropriate levels of red blood cells. As testosterone levels decrease as men age, some symptoms that may occur are loss of muscle, memory loss, poor mental health, and low libido.
While aging is a common cause of low T levels, men of any age can experience hormone imbalances. Even slight imbalances can cause frustrating problems.
HRT Options for Men
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy uses plant estrogens that mimic ones that naturally occur in the body. Getting hormone levels in balance is important for both physical and mental health.
There are several options available for hormone replacement therapy for men. The treatment is fairly flexible, and the method of application depends on your needs and preference. Patients take these hormones in a variety of forms such as:
- Pellet implants
Are There Risks?
Since bioidentical hormones mimic hormones that naturally occur in the body, the risk of side effects is low. There is the potential for side effects such as fluid retention, acne, and increased urination. There are more serious side effects from taking too much testosterone. It’s important to find a hormone doctor that will look at your whole health history before prescribing hormone replacement therapy.
Dr. Lee at Vida Hormone Therapy & Integrative Medicine in Miami is the leading prescriber of bioidentical hormones in Miami. Contact our office to schedule your consultation.