Testosterone levels peak in adolescence and early adulthood. A man’s testosterone levels can start to lower as early as his 20s, and continue to decline for the rest of his life. Even though it’s normal to experience decreased levels of energy and sex drive with age, some men experience the side effects of this process more than others. What is sometimes referred to as “male menopause” is a continuous decrease in testosterone that can’t be stopped — but it can be slowed down. With the help of hormone therapy, men can revive the levels of energy they once had and improve their libido.
Hormone therapy, or hormone replacement therapy, is a treatment that rebalances or enhances the levels of hormones in men. While there are many different hormones found in the male body, testosterone is the most prevalent and affects nearly every tissue in the body. This treatment helps restore testosterone levels to improve mood, concentration and sexual energy. If you would like to learn more about hormone therapy for men, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bikas Sharma of Luxe MD Aesthetics today.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are discharged into the bloodstream from the endocrine glands. They are an essential part of the body because they influence cellular activity and affect nearly every bodily process. Hormones impact your libido, your mood, your weight, the way your body grows and develops, and more. Because they play an important role in so many functions, a hormonal imbalance can have life-altering effects.
As a man ages, hormone production naturally changes. All hormones are affected, including estrogen, prolactin and testosterone. A shift in testosterone levels can alter nearly every facet of a man’s life, bringing about unsettling and challenging changes psychologically, physically and emotionally. Hormone replacement therapy can help alleviate these issues.
Dr. Sharma will determine if you are a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy during a complimentary consultation. This appointment will involve a physical examination and a discussion about your symptoms and medical history.
While “male menopause” (andropause) is among the most common reasons hormones, particularly testosterone, become imbalanced, there are other causes Dr. Sharma will consider. Hormonal shifts can also occur due to stress or an overactive or underactive thyroid. Cortisol levels can drop during prolonged periods of stress. An overactive thyroid gland can result in fatigue, trouble concentrating, erectile dysfunction, weight loss and loss of muscle mass, while an underactive thyroid gland can cause energy levels to drop, weight gain, loss of interest in sex and depression. Hormone replacement therapy is also utilized to treat men with hypogonadism, which is an abnormality of the testicles that inhibits the production of normal amounts of testosterone.
There are some risks associated with hormone replacement therapy, all of which will be thoroughly discussed during a consultation. Hormone replacement therapy isn’t recommended for men who have issues with blood clots, a history of strokes and heart attacks, and heart or liver disease.
A hormonal imbalance can mean that one or more hormones in your body have been affected. Dr. Sharma will determine which hormones need to be treated and tailor the therapy to your needs. Routine evaluations will be done to ensure you’re receiving the proper treatment.
There’s a wide range of methods to administer hormone replacement therapy. If your testosterone levels are low, you may receive intramuscular testosterone injections. This method involves an injection into the muscles of the buttocks every few weeks. Alternatively, Dr. Sharma may recommend a testosterone patch or topical testosterone gel that can be applied to your arms, shoulders or abdomen. He may also recommend some oral supplements and lifestyle changes.
Hormones don’t have to dictate how you feel or live. You don’t have to accept a lackluster life when it’s possible to retain the youthful energy and vitality you had in your teenage years.
Hormone replacement therapy can be customized for any man experiencing symptoms related to hormonal imbalance. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sharma of Luxe MD Aesthetics by calling (702) 478 7180. and learn more about hormone replacement therapy.