Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men
Why are we talking about Testosterone Replacement Therapy for men? The wellness movement is exploding. Men are more interested than ever in how they can maintain a healthy quality of life for longer. Because the term “anti-aging” is difficult to define, and because studies have not indicated that any synthetic or natural drug, hormone or vitamin has prolonged life; no responsible physician should ever make an anti-aging claim. It is difficult to define when a low testosterone level is due to genetic or acquired disease vs. age-related decline. The FDA has approved testosterone topical gel 1.62% and does not recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for age-related decline. This government agency also recognizes that some studies have demonstrated no increase of risk for blood clot, heart attack, and stroke; while other studies have shown increased risk.
The decision to consider Testosterone Replacement Therapy needs to be made in consultation with a qualified medical professional. A thorough consultation will allow the patient to understand risks, benefits, and alternatives. Childhood hypogonadism requires pediatric consultation in order to assure normal secondary sexual characteristics.
Symptoms of adult low testosterone include:
- Difficulty with concentration
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of bone mass (brittle bones)
- Loss of muscle mass
Risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy include:
- Acceleration of baldness
- Decrease in testicular size
- Low sperm count
- Increased red blood cells
- Blood Clots
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Heart Attack
If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our providers for evaluation of your hormones, we encourage you to fill out our pre-consultation form for BHRT for men.