You may not realize it, but your hormones go through continuous cycles of production day in and day out. In men, testosterone production is greatest just after waking from a good night’s sleep, and it declines gradually throughout the day. Similarly, testosterone production is greatest overall while a man is in his 20s, and it begins to gradually decline by roughly 1% per year after age 30.
Testosterone is essential for male sexual development, but men’s bodies also rely on essential hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid hormone, melatonin and others for critical day-to-day functioning.
All of these hormones in our bodies fluctuate, and these fluctuations are generally tolerable and a normal part of life. But, sometimes fluctuations can be extreme, or our bodies are unable to produce enough of a particular hormone. When this happens, it’s important to speak with a doctor to find a solution to bring your body into balance.
One such solution is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, or BHRT for short. BHRT is a treatment option you can receive from a specialized BHRT doctor. BHRT supplements your body with the hormones that it is no longer producing in sufficient amounts. This can happen due to a hormone-related disorder, periods of unusual stress, other environmental factors or simply natural aging.
The hormones used in BHRT are called bioidentical. This is opposed to the synthetic hormones used in non-identical hormone replacement therapy. Drug manufacturers often add extra chemical components to synthetic hormones so that they can patent them and profit from your illness. Bioidentical hormones are the exact chemical structure as the hormones naturally produced in your body. These hormones cannot be patented because they are naturally occurring, and that means you aren’t getting any added chemicals as part of your treatment.
Bioidentical hormones are also found naturally. They can be extracted from plants such as soy or yams, rather than be manufactured in a lab. A compounding pharmacy takes these hormones and produces them in the form of creams, pellets, pills, patches and various other mediums by which the hormones can be absorbed by your body.
If you are experiencing any combination of the above symptoms, the cause could be a hormone deficiency or imbalance. Low testosterone is an issue for many men, but fluctuations or deficiencies in other hormones such as estrogen, melatonin and thyroid hormone may also be at the root of your troubles.
It’s important to have your hormone levels examined by a doctor who has plenty of experience with men’s health and hormones. A doctor trained in BHRT will review your medical history and symptoms to find the root cause of your troubles and prescribe a treatment solution. Your BHRT doctor will be able to prescribe the right hormones in the right dose and right medium to get you back on the path to wellness.
It’s important to only receive BHRT from a qualified BHRT doctor. Shady websites may sell bioidentical hormones at a discount rate online, but it’s nearly impossible to find out what is really in these hormones. Even if they are the real deal, without a doctor’s supervision you could wind up causing even more damage to your body and experiencing worse symptoms or side effects.
If you believe you are suffering from a hormone imbalance but have been reluctant to have your hormones tested, now’s the time to get serious about your health. You only have one body, and you need to keep it in tip-top shape.
Don’t wait any longer. Contact a BHRT specialist to review your health and find relief from hormone imbalance and deficiency.