Bioidentical Hormone Optimization Therapy for Men

What is BIHRT?

A person may not need to begin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) until they are deficient.  There are also many herbs, supplements, and vitamins that can effectively treat symptoms associated with andropause, menopause, and perimenopause.

The goal of hormone replacement therapy is to replace hormonal deficiencies and create an optimal balance using hormones that are biochemically similar to the hormones that the human body produces naturally. These hormones are known as bio-identical hormones, they are compounded hormones that are customized for individual patients by pharmacists with special training. Synthetic hormones are also made in a laboratory but they are not identical to your natural ones. Bio-identical hormones are the most natural form of hormone replacement therapy for men and women.

In women, hormones can become imbalanced as early as age 35, even if they are still having normal menstrual cycles. Hormone imbalance can lead to fatigue, memory loss, dizziness, and irritability. This is in addition to symptoms commonly associated with menopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, depression, skin dryness, and headaches.

Thyroid Replacement Therapy

What is thyroid?
Your thyroid gland regulates the production of thyroid hormones, which in turn regulate your metabolism. Thyroid imbalance can arise from the thyroid gland being suboptimal (more common) or overactive.

Subopitimal Thyroid Function
Subopitimal Thyroid is a common health condition affecting millions of women and it can also affect men. It is frequently overlooked in our health care system.
Low body temperature and fatigue are the most common symptoms of low thyroid gland function. The severity of symptoms can range from a mild deficiency state, which is not detectable using standard thyroid blood tests (sub-clinical hypothyroidism), to severe deficiency states.

The function of the thyroid gland is to produce the hormones that drive your metabolic rate. These thyroid hormones act by boosting your body’s metabolic activity. All physical activities require energy so if your thyroid gland is under-functioning, the symptoms of low thyroid function can be far reaching.

Common symptoms of hypothyroidism
The thyroid gland is located near the front of the throat, just below the voice box. Common signs & symptoms that your thyroid may be under active include:

  • Susceptibility to the cold
  • Lethargy or fatigue
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Depression
  • Dry skin, hair & nails
  • Coarse hair or hair loss
  • Thinning of the eyebrows
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle weakness & joint pain
  • Menstrual problems
  • Infertility
  • Sluggish memory & concentration
  • Lowered stress resistance
  • Recurrent infections

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Both men and women need Testosterone for optimal health. It is needed for libido, muscle mass and strength, leanness, and a general sense of well-being, positive mood, and sharp mental function. Women who have low levels or non-detectable testosterone levels suffer from a loss of libido, an increase in body fat, and osteoporosis. A loss in testosterone in men can lead to atherosclerosis, increased risk of heart disease, obesity, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. There is no evidence that testosterone therapy causes prostate cancer although it can cause undetectable cancer to grow larger if present.

Andropause is often referred to as male menopause. This is a state in which the hormonal balance of men is deficient and they may suffer decreased libido, decreased sexual function, fatigue, loss of muscle mass, and depression. Some men describe it as a feeling of sudden and rapid aging. The cause of this condition is often multifactorial, being a result of adrenal fatigue as well as low levels of Testosterone, DHEA, and Growth Hormone. – Read more at Testosterone Replacement Therapy.

Human Growth Hormone Replacement Therapy

The Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has been called the “elixir of youth.” HGH is naturally produced by the pituitary gland and is responsible for the body’s growth during childhood and cellular well-being throughout life. As we age the pituitary gland secretes less and less HGH. This decrease in HGH levels is one of the leading causes of degenerative diseases, as well as the daily aches and pains we develop with age. After the age of 28, HGH declines by 25 percent every 10 years. Also suitable for muscle building.

Studies have shown a multitude of benefits:

  • Increased bone density
  • Increased muscle tissue
  • Improved skin tone
  • Hair growth
  • Rejuvenation of heart, kidney, lung, and liver function
  • Fewer wrinkles
  • Reverse greying
  • Increased oxygen intake
  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved emotional stability
  • Increased energy levels
  • Heightened mental alertness and memory skills
  • Increased sexual potency
  • An improved overall sense of well-being

Dhea And Cortisol Replacement Therapy

DHEA is produced in the adrenal glands. It declines gradually as we age usually beginning around the age of 30. DHEA plays an important role in lowering cholesterol, healthy heart function, controlling weight gain, and the prevention of arthritis, diabetes, and senility.

Cortisol is also produced by the adrenal glands. It is an important hormone for the body as a whole. An imbalance in cortisol can contribute to colon or bowel pain, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, asthma, skin rashes, allergies, mood swings, and fatigue. It also has a relationship to diabetes.

Hormonal imbalances can severely affect the quality and overall health of men and women. The resulting negative symptoms, discomfort, and illness impact your social, personal, and work life. These imbalances can be treated and corrected resulting in a more vibrant and healthy life.

How does a Fractional treatment feel?

Most patients describe the treatment as a series of fast, hot pinches. A topical numbing cream is applied to the skin prior to treatment to alleviate most discomfort. Practitioners may choose to augment topical creams with other medications based on patient need.

When will I see results? How soon can I wear make-up?

Many patients see improvement one week after treatment. Maximum results are visible in one to three months. Patients may apply make-up 3 days after treatment.

Are there any restrictions on my activity after a Fractional procedure?

After treatment, the skin looks sunburned and may be slightly swollen. Patients report little or no discomfort post-treatment. During post-care, patients apply ointment to the skin for four to five days and should limit sun exposure and wear protective clothing.

Many patients have a Fractional treatment in combination with other existing cosmetic therapies. These include PRP (platelet rich plasma) which is your own growth factors to augment the results of the Fractional Laser or the LED light Therapy to reduce the post laser healing time dramatically. Discuss combination treatment options with your practitioner.

How often do I need to have this treatment done?

Additional treatments are usually spaced 1 to 4 weeks apart, for a total of 4-5 treatments. Further collagen remodelling and some skin tightening take place over the next 3-6 months giving you the best results

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