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What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone found in humans, as well as in other animals. In men, the testicles primarily make testosterone. Women’s ovaries also make testosterone, though in much smaller amounts.
The production of testosterone starts to increase significantly during puberty and begins to dip after age 30 or so.
Testosterone is most often associated with sex drive and plays a vital role in sperm production. It also affects bone and muscle mass, the way men store fat in the body, and even red blood cell production.
A man’s testosterone levels can also affect his mood.
Low levels of testosterone, also called low T levels, can produce a variety of symptoms in men, including:
Decreased sex drive
Feelings of depression
Less body hair
While testosterone production naturally tapers off as a man ages, other factors can cause hormone levels to drop. Injury to the testicles and cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation can negatively affect testosterone production. Chronic health conditions and stress can also reduce testosterone production. Some of these include: AIDS, kidney disease, alcoholism, cirrhosis of the liver.
A simple blood test can determine testosterone levels. There’s a wide range of normal or healthy levels of testosterone circulating in the bloodstream. Normal male testosterone levels range between 280 and 1,100 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL).
Ranges can vary among different labs, so it’s important to speak with your doctor about your results. If an adult male’s testosterone levels are below 300 ng/dL, a doctor may do a workup to determine the cause of low testosterone, according to the American Urological Association.
Low testosterone levels could be a sign of pituitary gland problems. The pituitary gland sends a signaling hormone to the testicles to produce more testosterone. A low T test result in an adult man could mean the pituitary gland isn’t working properly. But a young teen with low testosterone levels might be experiencing delayed puberty.
Moderately elevated testosterone levels in men may produce few noticeable symptoms. Boys with higher levels of testosterone may begin puberty earlier. Abnormally high levels of testosterone could be the result of an adrenal gland disorder, or even cancer of the testes. High testosterone levels may also occur in less serious conditions. For example, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, which can affect males and females, is a rare but natural cause for elevated testosterone production.
If your testosterone levels are extremely high, your doctor may order other tests to find out the cause.
As men age, low T becomes a very common problem. Fortunately, there are solutions available, allowing men to recuperate the performance levels of their best years and enjoy a full and satisfactory intimate experience. Today we will focus on a specific type of treatment:
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has become an effective treatment for men seeking to restore hormone levels to a balanced state and stop the symptoms of aging. Bioidentical hormones are one form of hormone therapy that has gained popularity in recent decades—though it dates back to the 1930s—because of its effectiveness in helping men and women achieve hormonal balance.
What Is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is a treatment model which replaces hormones that have been lost due to various factors like ageing. This replacement relieves the patient of symptoms caused by hormonal imbalance.
What is the aim of hormone optimization therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is designed for many common health conditions and debilitating symptoms that are often ignored by medical providers. Some of the symptoms include stress, exhaustion, weight gain, foggy thinking, and difficulty sleeping. Most times, individuals with such symptoms suffer from hormonal imbalance and can be by uncovering the cause of these health issues. Once identified, it would only be a matter of time before getting the patient back to normally balanced hormone levels and a healthier life. BHRT is a unique and effective method for resolving these complex issues via effective balanced hormone therapy.
What is bioidentical Hormone pellet therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy balances hormones effectively. Hormone optimization treatment starts to work within 7-10 days after pellet insertion. After insertion, a constant dose of bioidentical hormones will be introduced into the bloodstream which balances the patient’s hormones. This is a basic outline of the therapy and its process.
What can I expect from hormone balance therapy?
Each individual is unique and that is why each patient route to hormone optimization should be made unique. Using hormone therapy optimization, most patients report that they’ve started experiencing relief from symptoms in about 10 days, though complete relief can take up to 6 months. Your hormone optimization therapy should be customized to suit your precise needs.
For a solution tailored to your needs, please contact Dr. Edward Nash, Progressive Rejuvenation, at 346.220.8063. See ad next page.