We talk a lot about hormones these days, but that doesn’t mean the Average Joe knows how to spot the signs of imbalance. Knowing where your hormones stand is an important matter. We now know that many of the conditions we relate to aging really have to do with hormone depletion and fluctuation, right down to our cognitive health. Hormones don’t just have to do with your sex life. The team at the Skin Center knows this, which is why we consult with patients about the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
How Hormone Imbalance Affects Men
Most people are familiar with the term menopause, but relatively few have heard of andropause. Yes, men go through their own version of hormonal shifts at a certain age. In a man, it is low testosterone that leads to frustrating symptoms. The most common low-T symptoms are erectile dysfunction and low libido. However, there are other, less noticeable ways in which a decline in available testosterone can affect a man’s general sense of wellness. Recognizing them could be a key factor in restoring hormone balance before more disheartening symptoms develop.
Should You Talk to Your Doctor about Hormone Imbalance?
Research has shed light on the various effects of low testosterone. If you can answer yes, versus no or maybe, to one or more of the following questions, you may be in a position of needing to know more about your personal hormone levels.
- Do you feel like you have no stamina or energy? Are you often fatigued?
- Has your muscle mass or strength decreased?
- Is your sex drive lower than it used to be?
- Has your mood been irritable or down?
- Are you having difficulty getting or keeping erections?
- Are you experiencing hair loss of any kind (even on the body)?
Get Help for Hormone Imbalance
Hormone replacement therapy has changed significantly over the past several years. Today, many men are boosting their health and wellness with bioidentical hormones that mimic the molecular structure of the hormones made by the human body. Treatment begins with lab testing that accurately measures the level of testosterone in a man’s blood, from which a baseline prescription can be derived.
Have you spotted hormone imbalance? Get back to where you want to be with bioidentical hormone therapy. The Skin Center has offices that serve Pittsburgh and Wexford, PA, as well as several other areas. To locate an office near you, call 1-800-429-1151.