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Hormone Treatments for Men
Hormones for Men
Testosterone is primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females, though small amounts are also secreted by the adrenal glands. An adult male produces about ten times more testosterone than an adult woman.
It is the primary male sex hormone, and plays a key role in the development of reproductive tissues. It also promotes other male characteristics such as increased muscle and bone mass and hair growth. In addition, testosterone is essential for health and well-being as well as preventing osteoporosis.
Andropause – Lower Levels of Testosterone
It's not just women who suffer the effects of changing hormones. Males are reporting some of the same symptoms that women experience in perimenopause and menopause.
With aging, men’s bodies naturally produce less of the male hormone testosterone. (This also occurs with some diseases, like diabetes). Doctors refer to this problem as andropause. Symptoms may include fatigue, decreased sex drive, depression, aches and pains, decreased strength and endurance, erectile dysfunction, hot flashes, obesity and muscle loss.
Hormone replacement therapy for men involves raising the level of testosterone, to increase vitality – to enhance vigor and sexual stamina.
Issues with Commercially-Produced Products
Commercially-produced testosterone replacement products are available in a variety of delivery forms, including oral, injectible, patches and topical gels. There are issues associated with these products. Orally-delivered forms are not well absorbed by your body and there are limits to the amounts you can take. This means you may be taking more to get less or unable to take the amount you really need. Injections are expensive, inconvenient, and can be painful. And many of the gels available have unpleasant scents.
Advantages of Compounding
MYERS Medical Compounding Pharmacists can provide alternatives that are suited to your individual needs. We can prepare testosterone treatments of various strengths in combination with other medications, such as DHEA (a booster that may increase effectiveness). And we can produce them in more effective delivery forms, including troches, concentrated, unscented transdermal creams and gels, and sublingual (under-the-tongue) drops.
If you have a question about this condition or any of the medications available to treat it, please feel free to use the "Email Us" button at the top of the page, or call us.
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