As a man ages, his body produces less testosterone – typically, about 40% less by his mid-forties. On top of natural aging, other low testosterone causes can include: excessive stress, weight gain, nutrient deficiency, toxin overload, and lack of exercise.
Low testosterone can disrupt stamina, sex drive, virility, and bone strength. It can potentially lead to chronic fatigue, erectile dysfunction, and even cardiovascular disease. But it’s not just your testosterone that determines your whole health hormone balance.
Your set of 50 hormones is like an auto assembly plant, and testosterone, the foreman – who ensures that all operations are running smoothly and producing a highly functional vehicle. Testosterone keeps your heartbeat, energy, and sexual libido strong while keeping your other hormones in check. A testosterone deficiency not only disrupts its own functions, but interferes with the production and function of other hormones.
So, what’s a tired, breathy, libido-challenged man to do?
No need to google “testosterone replacement therapy near me” – you may end up with a low quality, excessively one-size-fits-all dose. Non-bioidentical hormones have been shown to carry risk of side effects like high cholesterol, blood clots, and “man boobs”.
You need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Truong, who delivers only customized, high-grade bioidentical hormone therapy (BHRT). Start your low T rebalancing act today by calling her team at (540) 374-3164, or contact us here.
Like a factory foremen who prompts workers to produce more or less parts at different intervals, our glands must release a precise amount of hormones into our bloodstream, which then transports them to their target site: every cell, tissue, organ, and body system.
Our hormones deliver commands to our cells, which respond by performing all our physiological functions: growth, musculature, bone density, metabolism, emotional response, and sexual function. Producing too much or too little of any hormone – especially testosterone – can cause body wide dysfunction.
Warning signs of male testosterone imbalance include:
Instead of delivering conventional synthetic hormones – which come with risks and side effects – Dr. Truong prescribes testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and DHEA produced from natural plant sources like yams and soybeans.
They are called bioidentical because they match human hormones molecule-by-molecule, assimilating more effectively with your biochemistry. They are customizable for your unique imbalance. Non-bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, can damage your body’s hormone metabolism and disrupt hormone balance because their one-size-fits-all doses can be too strong for your unique biochemistry.
BHRT can be used to replace any hormone – estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormone, DHEA, cortisol, etc. The only way to determine whether you need it is to have your blood tested for imbalances.
After examining you and noting your symptoms, Dr. Truong will decide to do one of the following:
Blood test: a blood sample will be drawn and sent to a lab for close analysis; may not detect the sex hormones in the bloodstream that are bound to carrier proteins and unavailable to target tissues
Saliva test: requires spitting into a plastic tube to collect saliva throughout the day; measures the amount of hormone available in your tissues– the bioavailable amount; evidence suggests that saliva tests more accurately determine testosterone and DHEA levels
Urine test: this FDA approved test will help determine your baseline levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which prompts sperm production
Because lifestyle and environmental factors can alter your hormone levels unexpectedly, Dr. Truong recommends routine testing to keep your health optimized.
Once you’re identified as a candidate for BHRT, Dr. Truong will administer your custom testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and/or DHEA dosage via one of these methods:
Your levels will be monitored throughout your treatment protocol to ensure optimal doses. Because excessive testosterone levels can increase your blood pressure and potentially damage kidney function, coming in for your follow up appointments is imperative.
Don’t allow a hormone imbalance to alter your personality and sabotage your heart health. Schedule a discrete consultation with the compassionate sexual health specialists at Truong Rehabilitation Center by calling (540) 374-3164, or contact us here.