What Is BHRT for Men?:
We know that as men age, the body’s production of hormones such as testosterone begins to decrease.
By the time a man reaches 30 or 40 years of age, testosterone production is typically dropping by around 1% per year. In some cases, this decrease can lead to reduced energy, problems with sexual performance or desire and other unwanted health effects. While losing some testosterone production to age is natural, greater decreases can occur in some men. Treating low testosterone levels is something that many men consider at one point in their lives.
There is actually some data that suggests certain men go through a male equivalent of menopause as a result of decreasing testosterone, in a process often referred to as “andropause” or “male menopause.” Some men undergo what is known as hypogonadism, which is a significant decrease in testosterone levels over time as a result of pituitary or testicular problems. Even those who don’t experience severe decreases may still see negative effects as their testosterone levels decrease naturally.
To combat this, many men are turning to BHRT.
What Is BHRT?
If you’ve never heard of it, BHRT stands for “Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.”
Essentially, BHRT uses hormones that are chemically identical to what appears in the body to make up for decreased or impaired hormone levels in an individual. When it comes to hormone replacement for men, what does “chemically identical” mean? Some of these hormones are derived from plants or other natural sources, while others are created in a lab through the combination of related hormonal compounds. On a molecular level, though, there is no difference between the chemical makeup of the BHRT hormones and those that are produced within the body itself.
BHRT provides the body with a boost to supplement its decreasing hormone production, and has been used for years to help women manage shifting hormone levels during menopause. Because the hormones used in the therapy are bioidentical to the body’s naturally-produced hormones, BHRT reduces or eliminates many of the negative side effects that are produced by other hormone replacement options.
In some instances, BHRT is done in conjunction with ongoing hormone level testing so that dosages can be adjusted as needed to maintain stable hormone levels within the body.
BHRT for Men
While there’s a significant focus on BHRT to aid women with the symptoms of menopause, a number of men use BHRT as well.
This is especially true later in life, when testosterone decreases over time can lead to fatigue, depression, increased body fat, decreased body hair and low libido (sex drive), among others. By using BHRT to increase levels of testosterone, men may be able to reduce or in some cases even reverse the negative effects of hormone loss later in life.
By restoring testosterone levels to what they were when he was younger, a man may enjoy increased energy, improved mental health, increased muscle mass, more clarity of thought and a significant increase in sexual desire and function. These improvements are especially important for those who wish to avoid taking a handful of pills every day to serve these same purposes; BHRT can help the body to regulate its hormone levels without the need for pharmaceuticals that affect the brain or are hard on the kidneys, liver or other organs.
Because BHRT can actually reverse things like muscle loss and sexual dysfunction that come along with the gradual loss of testosterone, some men report that BHRT makes them feel “more like a man” again.
BHRT and Aging
One particular area of interest for men looking into BHRT is the claim that this therapy can actually help to slow the aging process.
By restoring hormone levels, damage done over time to the bones, muscles and organs may be slowed, stopped or even reversed. It’s been mentioned how BHRT can improve muscle tone and strength, but it can also help to strengthen the bones, improve cholesterol levels (resulting in a healthier heart) and may even fix problems with the sleep cycle. Getting a good night’s sleep can do wonders for the skin and overall health, which just adds to the benefits that BHRT may offer.
It’s said that there’s no way to truly turn back the clock, but with BHRT you may be able to slow it down to a crawl. In addition to the positive benefits that regulated hormone levels can have on your life now, you may also end up adding years to your life down the road as well. Even better, you may also be able to add more life to those years by undoing some of the damage that time has already done.
The decline of testosterone levels is gradual, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until the symptoms become severe to do something about it.