It’s always been easy to characterize women as hormonal, but men are hormonal also, and both benefit from hormone pellet therapy. The stereotypical menopausal woman has been depicted as irritable and sexually frigid, and the hallmark sign of hormonal deficiencies in women is hot flashes.
Men don’t have hot flashes, but they struggle with hormone deficiencies. Culture is now beginning to accept what the medical community has long recognized. Many health symptoms men shrug off as the inevitable part of aging are actually a result of hypogonadism, which occurs when the body’s sex glands (gonads) produce little or no hormones.
Let’s look at some of the health issues hormonal imbalances cause for men and women.
Symptoms of Hormone Deficiencies in Men
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and its deficiency can lead to a condition known as hypogonadism or low testosterone. Many health conditions result from lower levels of testosterone. You may be surprised by the symptoms below. All but the first health symptom sound like health conditions resulting from menopause.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Low testosterone can contribute to difficulties in achieving or maintaining an erection, which can further impact sexual desire and performance. Approximately 18 million men in the United States over age 20 have erectile dysfunction.
Decreased libido: A decreased libido, or reduced sex drive, can be a distressing symptom for men. Low testosterone levels can reduce interest in sexual activity. Low libido can also be an emotional result of ED. “Once a man experiences ED, he may get anxious,” says Dr. Fliedner, “His confidence may be shaken, and he is afraid it will happen again. His libido can shut down to preserve his ego.”
Dr. Fliedner notes that while low libido is often associated with erectile dysfunction, the two health conditions are separate. Low libido is when a man doesn’t want to have sex as often as he used to or at all, while ED is when a man cannot get or maintain an erection.
Fatigue and reduced energy levels: Low testosterone can also lead to general fatigue and reduced energy levels, making it more difficult for men to engage in sexual activity or have the desire for it.
Brain fog: Brain fog is a challenging symptom for men to overcome. It impacts every area of his life: his ability to work, sleep, and maintain healthy relationships. Brain fog includes many different brain dysfunctions, ranging from confusion and difficulty focusing to feeling forgetful and unable to follow directions. Men who opt for testosterone replacement therapy pellets find improvement in their sleep, cognitive function, and focus.
Decreased muscle mass and strength: Testosterone helps your muscle cells maintain the strength and integrity of your muscle fibers. With a loss of testosterone, muscle cells can’t preserve the muscle fibers and begin to deteriorate, gradually wasting away. Testosterone pellet therapy helps men start building back lost muscle.
Increased body fat, especially around the abdomen: Obesity is the key indicator of low testosterone in men. A study presented by the Society for Endocrinology in 2008 found a direct link between the genes that control testosterone and those that regulate body fat composition. The conclusion is that lower testosterone levels can lead to more body fat, especially in your abdomen.
Mood changes: Hormonal imbalances affect mood and lead to irritability and depression. Some men may think these symptoms are simply a case of the “blues,” yet they could indicate a hormone imbalance. For example, low levels of testosterone can cause fatigue and depression, while high levels of testosterone can lead to irritability, anger, and aggressiveness. In either case, hormone imbalance can significantly impact a guy’s mood and disposition.
Decreased bone density: Aging is not fun for anyone, especially when accompanied by weight gain, muscle loss, and reduced bone density. Most men accept these changes as a part of aging, but research shows that testosterone deficiency may be a factor in the development of osteoporosis in men.
Symptoms of Hormone Deficiencies in Women
Hot flashes: It is unclear how fluctuating hormonal levels in a woman’s body cause hot flashes. Most researchers believe that decreased estrogen levels cause a woman’s internal thermostat (hypothalamus) to become more sensitive to slight changes in body temperature, and thus a hot flash occurs.
Night sweats: Dr. Fliedner says that night sweats are repeated episodes of severe hot flashes during sleep, causing a woman to sweat heavy enough to soak her nightwear and bedding. They are recurrent during perimenopause and menopause, and hormone pellet therapy works wonders for ending night sweats.
Reduced interest in sexual activity: The main culprits of a low libido or a decline in a woman’s sexual drive are progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen. Bioidentical hormone therapy helps balance out women’s hormone levels, making them feel “sexy” again without any adverse side effects.
Mood swings, depression: Estrogen has an antidepressant effect. Lower estrogen levels during menopause may lead to irritability, fatigue, anxiety, sleep problems, and other emotional issues.
Trouble sleeping: Estrogen plays a significant role in the metabolism of serotonin and other neurotransmitters that affect our sleep-wake cycle. The hormone helps keep a woman’s body temperature low at night and, therefore, more conducive to restful sleep.
HRT Pellet Therapy Is an Easy and Natural Solution
Fortunately, there’s an easy and natural solution for both men and women that helps give them back their lives. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), or hormone pellet therapy, resembles the hormones in your body to ensure you’re 100% balanced. Whether you’re just breaking into your 30s or aging gracefully in your 70s, pellet therapy can reduce and even reverse many of the bothersome symptoms of hormone deficiencies.
Five Benefits of Hormone Pellet Therapy for Both Men and Women
- More restful sleep: Clinical trials among women show that estrogen replacement therapy significantly diminishes sleep complaints among postmenopausal women. Among men, “Low total testosterone levels are associated with less healthy sleep in older men. (The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism)
- A return to energy: Many male and female patients report feeling better almost instantly after inserting HRT pellets beneath the skin. On average, however, it takes about two to three weeks for the effects of HRT to become noticeable. After a few months of treatment, you should notice further relief from your symptoms and feel like your younger, healthier, more energetic self.
- A boost to your libido: For women, HRT improves sexual function by increasing the blood flow to the genital area and improving vaginal lubrication. For men, HRT therapy balances hormones and helps restore adequate testosterone levels, which increases sexual desire and enhances overall sexual satisfaction. Pellet hormone therapy can regulate your hormones and restore your sex drive quickly. And when you get your libido back, you’ll be glad you have more energy to go along with it.
- Control your weight: Bioidentical hormone replacement pellets can help both men and women lose that belly fat and keep it off. Studies show that “testosterone therapy used to treat obesity in men has significant effects, producing sustained weight loss without recidivism.” Among women, “hormone replacement therapy not only prevented weight gain, but favored weight loss by significantly increasing lipid oxidation after three months of treatment.”
- Improved memory and mental health: The risk of dementia is higher in women than men; however, studies show that women on HRT therapy have more cognitive benefits and perform better in delayed memory tasks than non-HRT users. (Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy) Studies of men reveal that men whose total testosterone levels were raised via HRT experienced significant improvements in executive function, psychomotor speed, and overall cognitive function.
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