What are the Signs that You Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Hormones are important chemical messengers that coordinate many different bodily functions. They affect growth, development, metabolism, sexual function, reproductive health, and mood. Unfortunately, hormones can get out of order and can decrease with age. Hormone Replacement Therapy is used to get hormones back to more normal levels. Some common signs that you may need Hormone replacement therapy are discussed below in this article.
Low Libido or Sexual Dysfunction
Low libido involves the lack of interest in sexual activity. Low sex drive in men can be particularly frustrating in a relationship and may be caused by lowering testosterone levels. Testosterone is an important hormone for men that affects sexual health.
Sexual dysfunction can also be a sign of low testosterone. Testosterone plays a key role in helping a man achieve and maintain an erection. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is available to help men increase their testosterone levels and may improve your sex life.
Weight gain may also be a sign that you need hormone replacement therapy. Testosterone plays a vital role in metabolism. Low testosterone levels are associated with increased body fat levels, especially visceral fat, the fat around the abdomen. You may find that you are gaining weight even though your diet and exercise routine has not changed, and this may be a key sign that you need hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy can get levels back to normal levels and assist you in your weight loss journey.
Loss of Muscle Mass
Hormones also play a critical role in gaining and maintaining muscle mass. If you have noticed that you are losing strength and muscle mass even though your exercise routine has stayed consistent, this can be a key sign that you may need hormone replacement therapy. In men, testosterone plays a crucial role in maintaining and gaining muscle mass and as those levels drop, it may be harder for a man to maintain his muscle mass and appearance. Testosterone Replacement Therapy works to supplement testosterone levels, bringing them back up to a more normal level, and helping you regain lost muscle mass.
If you have a lack of energy and are just feeling tired without explanation, you may have a hormonal imbalance. Fatigue is one sign that hormone replacement therapy may be right for you. Fatigue is a common symptom of low testosterone and testosterone replacement therapy can be used to increase testosterone level back to normal levels giving you more energy to take on the day and do the activities you love and enjoy.
Bone Density Loss
Bone density is a grave concern increasing the risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis that can knock you off your feet and unable to perform your daily activities. Bone density loss can be caused by hormonal imbalances including low testosterone. Decreased testosterone levels cause increased osteoclast activity which breaks down bone tissue and can lead to osteoporosis and an increased chance of bone fractures. Testosterone replacement therapy increases your testosterone levels back to a more normal level and help stop bone loss in men.
Urinary problems including waking up in the middle of the night to urinate, weak urine stream, a sensation that the bladder is not fully emptied after urinating can be frustrating and affect your daily life. These symptoms may also be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. As testosterone levels decrease in men, urinary problems can occur. This is caused by a related uptick in estrogen levels in men as their testosterone levels decrease. This increased level of estrogen levels and lower testosterone levels can lead to an increased prostate which can create urinary dysfunction. Testosterone replacement therapy can increase your testosterone levels, reduce estrogen levels, and alleviate urinary problems.
Irritability, decreased motivation, anxiety, depression, and mood swings may all be symptoms of a hormonal imbalance. Lower testosterone levels can cause an increase in cortisol, known as the stress hormone. Testosterone may also release dopamine which helps you feel better and happier. This can bring out negative emotions that you may not be used to experiencing. This increased anxiety can also lead to performance anxiety sexually and decrease sexual performance. Hormone replacement therapy such as testosterone replacement therapy can be used to increase testosterone levels reducing the levels of cortisol and increasing the levels of dopamine, helping you get back to a healthier, happier life.
Hair loss in men is something commonly associated with aging and may be caused by a hormonal imbalance. The hormone that causes the most severe hair loss is testosterone. Low testosterone can cause hair follicles to shrink and shorten the usual hair growth cycle resulting in hair loss. Testosterone replacement therapy can increase testosterone levels and reduce hair loss. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is another option. PRP for hair loss works by using your own using your own plasma to increase hair growth.
If you are having trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep or have developed sleep apnea this can be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. Low testosterone has been linked to chronic insomnia and can also cause weight gain which further causes sleeping problems. Testosterone replacement therapy can increase testosterone levels to more normal levels, making sleeping easier and may also assist with weight loss which can further increase the quality of your sleep.
Night sweats, sweating so much in the night it becomes uncomfortable, can be linked to low testosterone levels. Low testosterone levels cause trick the body into thinking that it is overheating and cause sweating. Testosterone replacement therapy can assist in fixing this and reducing night sweats.
Schedule an Appointment with Alpha Men’s Center Today
If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms, it may be a sign that you have a hormonal imbalance and should ask a doctor about hormone replacement therapy. The team at Alpha Men’s Center are experts in hormonal imbalances and can answer all your questions about causes and treatment options. Schedule an appointment with Alpha Men’s Center today by visiting their website or calling 484-685-1301 to discuss hormone replacement therapy.