Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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Medically Reviewed
November 18, 2019

What is Hormone Imbalance?

You may have heard about “Low T”, or andropause, male menopause, or testosterone replacement therapy. Some say it restores youthful vigor and energy and resolves a host of common symptoms of aging. But what exactly is going?

Hormones are chemicals made by the body. They regulate functions in the body like brain function, growth, sexual function and digestion. Hormone imbalance can cause everything from forgetfulness to depression to erectile dysfunction.

Testosterone is the male hormone. Testosterone is responsible for a man’s low voice, hair growth, libido, muscle size, strength, and so on.

When a person experiences hormone imbalance like low testosterone, bioidentical hormone replacement is one of the treatment options that could restore normal functioning. If you’re experiencing low testosterone, it’s important to know what bioidentical hormones are and what hormone replacement involves.

What are the Signs of Low Testosterone?

There are many signs of low testosterone including:

  • Low sex drive

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Hair loss

  • Loss of energy

  • Loss of mental clarity

  • Problems with mood regulation

  • Decreased muscle mass

  • Weight gain

  • Fatigue/Low energy

  • Brain fog

  • Memory issues

  • Sleep disorders

  • Chronic pain

  • Inflammation

  • Anxiety/Depression

  • Mood swings

What Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are chemicals that mimic natural hormones made by the body. Typically, bioidentical hormones are made to replace testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. Bioidentical hormones may be administered to the patient in many ways. See below:

  • Pills. Patients are given a pill to swallow, or in some cases, the pill is allowed to dissolve in the cheek of the patient’s mouth.

  • Pellets. Pellets are inserted beneath the skin, where they dissolve over a long time.

  • Injection. Some bioidentical hormone replacements are administered by injection.

  • Topical ointment. Topical ointments are applied to the skin and covered by clothing to prevent the ointment from spreading from one patient to another.

Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?

Bioidentical hormones that have been tested by the FDA are deemed as safe to use. Around 1.4 million women take bioidentical hormones every year for problems like menopause. Bioidentical hormones are also prescribed to treat low testosterone in men, though it’s not known how many men receive this treatment every year. This common form of treatment is known to produce good results in people experiencing hormone changes.

What Are Bioidentical Hormones Testosterone Side Effects?

Yes, bioidentical hormones can produce some side effects, though the dangers of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy are minimal for patients under the care of a responsible doctor. Common side effects include:

  • Tiredness

  • Acne

  • Blurry vision

  • Weight gain

  • Cramping

  • Indigestion

  • Increased facial hair

  • Headaches

Although these side effects are somewhat expected, they can be kept to a minimum through proper dosage. Your doctor may adjust your dosage to prevent side effects or to keep them from worsening.

Who Needs Bioidentical Hormones?

There are many reasons that men might need bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy. Men may experience a decline in testosterone because of medications, infections or diseases.

Some are prescribed bioidentical hormones when their hormone levels are low and the cause of the problem cannot be linked back to a lifestyle factor. Is there bioidentical testosterone for females? Yes! Even women need small amounts of testosterone, and if their testosterone levels are low, they too need treatment.

Contact Nava Health and Vitality Center

Problems like low testosterone can lead to problems like moodiness, decline in physical strength, decline in sexual drive, erectile dysfunction, loss of hair and other disturbing problems.

At Nava Health and Vitality Center, we can provide help to people experiencing hormone regulation problems. Our bioidentical male hormone replacement therapy helps men all over the country to reach healthy hormone levels. To find out more about bioidentical testosterone cream and other forms of treatment, make an online appointment with Nava Health and Vitality Center. During your consultation, we’ll answer your questions and prescribe treatment that can help you return to good health and happiness.

We provide hormone therapy in the DC, MD, and VA area as well as the entire US through telemedicine.