BHRT FOR MEN

Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Compounding:

If indicated by your physician or practitioner, testosterone can be compounded to meet your individual needs.  Compounded testosterone is prepared by the pharmacist according to your doctor’s or practitioner’s specifications.  Pharmacists prepare the compounded prescription from scratch using raw ingredients.  Testosterone USP is bio-identical testosterone that has been approved by the United States Pharmacopoeia and is available as a bulk powder.  The testosterone comes from natural sources and then is purified by a major pharmaceutical company into the bio-identical form.  The term "Bio-Identical” means that the testosterone has the same molecular structure as the testosterone made in your body and is chemically and functionally the same.  Testosterone can be compounded in different strengths and dosage forms to meet your individual needs.  Testosterone is also commercially available as patches and gels.
 

Andropause:

Andropause is the age related decline in androgen levels and the symptoms such as fatigue, low libido, and decreased muscle mass associated with the hormone decline.  The hormones testosterone and DHEA are androgens that decline as men age.

Hypogonadism is the medical term used for low testosterone. Your practitioner can diagnose your symptoms of low testosterone by conducting various blood tests. Contraindications for testosterone replacement therapy include prostate cancer and breast cancer. It is unclear if testosterone replacement therapy increases the chances of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate.

Symptoms of Andropause and Low Testosterone:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Osteoporosis
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased libido
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased memory
  • Irritability
  • Heart disease
  • Prostate problems
  • Decreased cognitive function


Nutritional Support:

A healthy lifestyle goes hand-in-hand with hormone health. Excess weight and lack of exercise, certain medications and disease can adversely affect your testosterone to estrogens ratio.  The enzyme aromatase, which is involved with converting testosterone to estrogen, is located by fat cells and increases with age.  So the heavier we get, and the older we get, the more estrogen is likely to be on board.  The testosterone to estrogen ratio is very important in male prostate health.  Nutritional support and a healthy lifestyle, may help decrease the conversion of testosterone to DHT and estrogens.
 

  • Saw palmetto may help inhibit the conversion of testosterone to DHT by inhibiting the enzyme 5α reductase, which is responsible for the conversion.  Progesterone may help inhibit this conversion as well.

  • Chrysin and zinc may help decrease testosterone’s conversion to estrogens.

  • DIM (3,3’-Diindolylmethane) may help eliminate estrogens from the body by converting estrogen to safer or more easily eliminated metabolites and help the testosterone to estrogen ratio.

  • Magnesium and zinc work together to increase natural levels of testosterone.
  
 
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