BIO IDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
September 10, 2009 by Rey C. Sanchez, MD
Filed under Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hormone Pellet Therapy, Hormone Replacement Dallas, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hormone Therapy, Hormone Therapy for Men, Male Hormone Therapy, Testosterone Therapy
QUESTION: News reports about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and articles are everywhere I look. Women clearly have an extreme interest in this subject, but what about men?
DR. SANCHEZ: You’re correct. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT, is now an established medical treatment with very encouraging outcomes for women and for men. Women are more familiar with the subject of hormone change as they start experiencing its effects when they begin menstruating as teenagers. The 28-or-so day cycles go on throughout middle age unless they have a hysterectomy. Reaching middle age women face menopause and its precursor perimenopause which disrupt the cycles, cause dramatic changes in the balance of their hormones, and result in uncomfortable side effects to say the least.
While men don’t experience a monthly cycle or its abrupt ending in middle age, they do start a long, gradual decline of hormone levels, notably testosterone. We call this decline andropause. More gradual and less obvious than menopause, the effects on men’s health are just as troublesome.
At our NeoGenesis Anti Aging Center in Dallas we are seeing considerable interest in hormone therapy for men. Nearly as many men as women are seeking us out for consultations and treatment.
In her book Suzanne Sommers says the effects on women are “The Seven Dwarfs of Menopause: Itchy, Bitchy, Sleepy, Sweaty, Bloated, Forgetful and All Dried Up.” Do men have symptoms that are similar, and will bio-identicals help us?
Dr. Sanchez: Mrs. Sommers makes it sound much funnier than it actually is. A few women will have just minor inconvenience from menopause but most will suffer significantly. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) began as an attempt to minimize these unpleasant symptoms. Unfortunately some of the products chosen for HRT in the past were not bio-identical, or even wise. Premarin, as one widely prescribed example, is created from pregnant mare’s urine – an entirely strange substance for a human to ingest. These compounds can give some symptom relief but they do not correct the hormonal imbalance which causes the problems.
Bio-identical hormones, which have been known for over fifty years, can play a very big role here. Readily accepted and recognized by your body as a natural substance just like the same substances it produced for itself for decades, bio-identical hormones eliminate symptoms, and, they allow women on bio-identical hormone therapy to feel much younger. Improvements in energy, mood, sleeping patterns, mental acuity and libido lead the very long list of things that work better when hormone decline is balanced with bio-identical hormone replacements – every internal system works better.
Men don’t feel sudden changes as their hormones levels decline. One day they become aware that they have lost muscle tone, don’t sleep as well as they used to do, are tired all the time, and yes, they notice fat accumulating in various places…
I assume you’re referring to male “breasts”?
Dr. Sanchez: Yes some men do add fat in the chest area due to excess estrogen in their system. They may also get crabby and lose interest in having sex. (Perhaps these two are related!) These things may have come about gradually to a man, yet they are just as disheartening when recognized as women’s menopausal symptoms are to them.
Symptoms like these have been thought of as normal, inevitable parts of aging.
Dr. Sanchez: But they don’t have to be! Hormone replacement therapy for men - using bio-identical hormones - begins with restoring their testosterone levels to the normal range. We then address other hormone levels which may be deficient.
It is amazing to see the difference – men begin to increase lean body mass, they find it easy to drop unwanted fat and their mood improves. They become mentally sharper and have a renewed, healthy interest in sex. In short men will experience the same type of benefits from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy that women do.
I encourage women, and men who feel they may be experiencing andropause symptoms, to call us at Neo-Genesis Anti-Aging Center for a consultation. We can turn back their hormone clock to youthful “thirties”or even”twenties”.
Dr. Rey C. Sanchez
NeoGenesis Anti-Aging Center Dallas
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