Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for Men
Men and Hormones?
Men experience a similar decline in hormone levels that women experience when they go through menopause. This is known as andropause in men, and this change occurs more slowly starting around the age of 30. Testosterone levels in men typically drop about one percent per year. These lower levels of testosterone play a critical role in the quality and quantity of life in males. The decline in testosterone levels have been shown to be a risk factor for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
The goal of hormone replacement (HRT) in men is to restore the body’s natural testosterone level back to “normal,” keeping in mind that normal is a range and the patient’s symptoms need to be addressed as well. There are different forms of testosterone, but the other forms have harmful side effects and don’t have all of the benefits of replacing exactly what the body has always produced. Using the exact same molecule as the body produces is called bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Pharmacy Solutions compounds several dosage forms of testosterone. Testosterone can be compounded into transdermal creams, sublingual tablets, and pellets.
It has been reported that around 39% of men 45 years or older will have low testosterone levels—that is, levels that are lower than 300ng/ml.
Men 60 years or older have a 50% chance of having low testosterone.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- Loss of muscle mass
- Reduced libido
- Heart disease
- Erectile dysfunction
- Impaired memory
- Decreased morning erections
- Increased body fat
- Loss of bone
- Diminished work performance
Benefits of BHRT
- Improved psychological well being
- Increased strength and stature
- Preservation of bone mass
- Improved libido
- Decreased cardiovascular risk and disease
- Improved erectile functions
- Increased muscle mass
- Decreased body fat
Testosterone USP (Natural Testosterone)
- Natural testosterone listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia
- Bio-identical to testosterone found in the human body
- Well absorbed topically from transdermal creams
- Can be used sublingually (under the tongue) in tablet form
- Can be implanted under the skin in a pellet form once every three to four months