Low testosterone levels affect about 40% of men aged 45 and older. This type of male hormone imbalance affects your sex drive, energy levels, and your body, as you may lose muscle and bone mass. Dr. Carrie Carda has years of experience diagnosing and effectively treating male hormone imbalance with bioidentical hormones. If you’ve noticed changes in your sex life, call her practice, Women’s Health Specialists in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, or book an appointment online.
You probably know testosterone as the male hormone because it’s primarily responsible for male sexual characteristics. However, testosterone has a wide-reaching influence in men’s bodies, where it regulates:
Men develop low testosterone for two primary reasons: aging and an underlying health condition. Levels of testosterone peak in adolescence and early adulthood, then a natural decline begins around age 30, with levels dropping at the rate of about 1% yearly.
Low testosterone as a result of a health problem, called hypogonadism, occurs when the testicles can’t produce enough hormone. This can be caused by many underlying problems, including:
When your testosterone levels drop, you may experience:
Dr. Carda screens for hormone levels and other biomarkers to determine whether you have an underlying health condition. If an underlying problem is diagnosed, it must be treated.
The only treatment for low testosterone is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to restore testosterone to normal levels. HRT reverses the symptoms of low testosterone and protects you from body-wide health issues associated with a hormone imbalance.
Your HRT is customized to provide the exact amount of hormone you need. Dr. Carda only uses bioidentical hormones, which have the same chemical and molecular structure as the testosterone normally produced. Your body interacts with bioidentical hormones the same way as natural hormones, so they cause few side effects.
Men can choose from three forms of bioidentical hormones:
While you can choose any delivery form, pellet therapy has a few advantages. In addition to being longer lasting, it does the best job of maintaining a steady level of testosterone.