Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
Testosterone, although a primary male hormone, also plays a role in women’s health. A decline in testosterone levels in men may be indicated by symptoms including loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, deterioration in ability to concentrate, poor muscle tone and strength, lack of endurance and mood swings. A decline in testosterone levels in women may accompany a decreased libido, irritability, weight gain, loss of lean muscle and osteoporosis. Testosterone contributes to higher energy levels and overall sense of well-being, increases lean body mass, and helps in building strong bones.
For people not producing high enough levels of testosterone, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) may be appropriate. This therapy should be considered when hormone deficiency has been clinically proven through laboratory testing of blood serum or saliva.
Testosterone can be administered orally, topically (through creams or gels), or via pellet implant (which is a pellet placed underneath the skin) or injectable. The oral route is not recommended or considered to be a primary method of delivery. Pellet insertion is the primary route our current patients prefer, since they only come a few times a year for re-insertion. We use bioidentical hormones from a recognized compounding pharmacy.
The clinic makes it convenient for patients to do their lab results by doing them in-house as part of the treatment. Our focus is to make this therapy as convenient and as safe as possible.
Our patients love the way they feel, more energized, better concentration, sleep and more libido. A consultation is highly recommended for a full physical and labs. This way we make sure you are a candidate for this therapy.
Tests for Hormone Levels
Given the current literature and sensitivity to the issues relating to HRT, the practice of routinely prescribing hormones without the appropriate testing for levels is highly questionable. To be accurate, testing is done to ensure accuracy and safety. We use hormone baseline test results to prescribe hormone replacement therapy to bring our patients hormones to their optimum targeted levels. Then after one month of treatment a re-testing is made to assess the effectiveness of the therapy and adjust as necessary.
Many patients opt for BHRT because it is not a one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare. Each bioidentical hormone prescription is custom-compounded based on each patient’s individual diagnostic results, making bioidentical hormones safer and more effective than synthetic hormones.
Results from testosterone replacement therapy vary. However, you may experience a boost in energy and mood, as well as sex drive.
The desired effect of BHRT in men includes:
-Increased lean body mass
-Decreased fat mass
-Increased bone mineral density
-Increased sexual functioning