Testosterone Replacement Therapy
What is BHRT for Men?
Men are prone to hormone deficiency and imbalance as they age. This is what is often referred to as “male menopause.” BHRT or Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy offers a safe, natural, and cost-effective method of overcoming this problem and allowing men to continue to enjoy a high quality of life.
Hormones are, to put it as simply as possible, the chemicals produced by the endocrine system which carry signals between the cells and organs to regulate metabolic function. Aging, stress, and unhealthy habits affect the functioning of the endocrine system and impact the functioning of the body. In men, hormone imbalances often appear in the form of weight gain, fatigue, hair loss, anxiety, depression, loss of sexual desire, and other problems commonly associated with the aging process.
Hormone Replacement Options
In conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), chemicals manufactured in laboratories or derived from animal (usually horse) urine are given to the patient to correct low hormone levels. The hormones are not identical to natural human hormones and therefore may not work as efficiently as natural human hormones. These can offer a short-term improvement in the hormone balance, but studies have shown that as they build up in the body, unwanted side effects can occur.
In Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), on the other hand, the hormones are usually derived from yams and soybeans and are modified to exactly mimic the natural hormones your body produces. Because of this, the body readily accepts them and they function in a manner identical to natural hormones. The result is more long-term hormone replacement, better hormone balance, and fewer unwanted side effects.
How Safe is BHRT for Men?
BHRT for men has been in use for 45 years and has been a success with few, if any, side effects. BHRT has been proven to allow men to enjoy a better quality of life. A variety of bio-identical hormones have been approved by the FDA.
The BHRT Process
The BHRT treatment begins with a series of tests to determine the functioning of the endocrine system, the hormone levels and hormonal balance in the body. Once the diagnosis is done, Dr. Borenstein will prescribe a patient-specific treatment plan that combines bio-identical hormone replacement with nutrition supplements and advice on any changes in lifestyle that may be required.