The ups, and downs, of aging.

For a guy, aging can be rewarding: hopefully that means finding professional success and reaching the height of our mental and physical ability. Yet, what goes up, must come down, and usually that means a progressive drop in testosterone as we age.

The many hats of testosterone.

Testosterone has a lot of jobs. This hormone, produced in your testes, does much more than fuel your sex drive. It also drives changes during puberty, provides mental and physical energy and regulates the fight-or-flight response. Last, but certainly not least, testosterone maintains our muscle mass.

Is loss of testosterone common?

There is a term for all this. Age-related changes in testosterone is called andropause.
• Andropause, also referred to as “male menopause”, involves in a drop in testosterone production in guys about 50 or older.
Male menopause is different from female menopause in a few basic ways, for one, not all men experience it. The second way is that rather than a complete shutdown of sexual organs, like that in menopause, sexual complications may occur as a result of reduced hormone levels.
But wait, there’s more. Symptoms of andropause aren’t all sexual. It can also cause psychological changes. These symptoms will likely increase as you get older.

  • Depression or sadness
  • Decreased energy
  • Loss of motivation
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Sleep issues
  • Increased body fat
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Feelings of physical weakness
  • Decreased in bone density
  • Gynecomastia, or development of breasts
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Loss of interest in sex

Can all of this be fixed?

Yes! Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a topic you may have already heard of, but what is it exactly? With HRT, a man is given testosterone to help restore the testosterone that is lost with age.

Is HRT for me?

Antibiotics are heavily prescribed to treat a variety of illnesses, but antibiotics can kill not only bad flora, it can also kill the good flora in your body. Killing of the good flora in your body will greatly weaken your immune system. Ozone therapy offers an alternative to the toxic side-effects sometimes caused by anti-biotics. It can also help protect your body from contracting the illness in the first place.

What hormones are used?

HRT in men uses the hormone testosterone. Natural testosterone is not to be confused with synthetic. Treatment for symptoms of andropause sometimes involves the use of pregnenolone, dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, Zinc, Selenium and several other supplements.

How is HRT administered?

There are many ways testosterone is given. This include injections, gels and skin patches. Patches work by releasing testosterone over a long period of time. This method can help prevent levels from rising and falling. Preventing these fluctuations can maintain even levels of mood and sexual desire.

Can HRT help me with other issues?

HRT has become popular because it offers a solution for men with hormone issues. Not only is HRT effective in treating the symptoms of andropause, it is also used to treat insulin resistance, adrenal and thyroid disorders and fibromyalgia.

I’ve decided I want to explore the benefits of BHRT, now what?

At REVIVE, to be truly bioidentical, we calculate dosing based on your unique hormone levels. We do this through blood testing. In the beginning of your therapy, you will be tested about every three to four months to be ensure proper balance. Once we are sure you are feeling well and your tests show proper balance, your visits will decrease, usually to as little as once a year!

How long will it take unit I feel the positive effects of BHRT?

You can see signs of improvement as early as the first three or four of therapy. It will take about eight weeks to feel the full effect. Our plan is to achieve your hormonal balance with the lowest possible dose of each hormone.

How do I get started?

Contact one of our friendly patient coordinators at 772-631-7266. You will be connected with a physician in your area, and be on your way to feeling like YOU again!

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