Hormonal imbalance in men is not uncommon and can happen at any point in life, however, the testosterone level of most men usually starts to decline at around middle age. They begin to experience symptoms such as mood swings, sleep problems, sexual dysfunction, and more at a greater frequency and with more intensity. When a man is afflicted with multiple symptoms related to low testosterone, it is often called andropause or “the male menopause.” In addition, men can have symptoms related to other type of hormonal imbalance including thyroid disorder, adrenal fatigue, and erectile dysfunction.
Testosterone is a type of sex hormones produced in the body for reproductive and sexual health. It is responsible for the development of male physical features like body and facial hair, deeper voices, and muscle strength during puberty. Upon maturity, testosterone continues to play a vital role in a range of bodily functions, such as the production of sperm, muscle and bone health, muscle mass, and sexual and reproductive function in males.
Although Testosterone in women is about 2/3rd of a man’s hormone, it is equally essential in the support of several body functions. Testosterone in girls contributes to musculoskeletal growth, sexual arousal, and the development of sex organs.
When testosterone level decreases in the body, a hormonal imbalance occurs, and this can contribute to several awful symptoms that generally impact a person’s overall health. Low testosterone levels in both men and women can be due to stress, aging, infections, and even trauma.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is simply boosting or replacing your low testosterone and bringing it to a therapeutic range. Blood work is done to determine the levels of testosterone and other essential hormones in the body. This will inform your medical provider of your appropriate treatment option. TRT is only available with a prescription, and it can be dispensed as injections, skin patch, creams/gels, oral pill, or subcutaneous pellets.
Research has shown that men who pursue hormone therapy for low testosterone enjoy symptom relief as well as additional benefits, such as reduced risk of heart attack or stroke.
Men on testosterone therapy report increased energy level, better weight management and enhanced sexual desire and performance. Studies of testosterone therapy back these testimonials, as well as suggest that adequate testosterone levels are linked to better bone density with aging and improvements in spatial reasoning among Alzheimer’s patients.