If you feel as if you or if your loved one has lost vitality, you may be experiencing the effects of Testosterone Deficiency or Low Testosterone. Cheryl Felt, MSN, APN-C, at Virapel in Voorhees, New Jersey, treats and manages testosterone deficiency through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). BHRT therapy helps you feel younger and more vigorous. In fact, many men who receive testosterone replacement say it’s the best they have felt in years.
Testosterone Deficiency Q & A
What is testosterone deficiency?
Many men experience a decline in testosterone levels that’s similar to the hormonal changes women experiences during menopause. This process is often a slower and more subtle hormonal decline.
The effects and symptoms of this process develop over a period of time starting in early to mid 40’s, but don’t need to be permanent. Effective testosterone replacement therapy can reverse many of these symptoms and leave you feeling younger.
How do I know if I’m going through testosterone deficiency?
Starting in a man’s mid 40’s, the testicles begin producing less testosterone. Testosterone levels can decrease significantly with each passing decade. While the adrenal glands will eventually take over the production of testosterone, this can still create an imbalance within the body. A body out of balance may experience weight gain, night sweats, erectile dysfunction, lower libido, anxiety, and mood changes, as well as decreased exercise tolerance and increased fatigue.
How does BHRT improve sexual desire and function?
One hallmark of low testosterone is a loss of desire for sex often followed by instances of erectile dysfunction. Testosterone is the primary sex hormone for men, so treating “low t” with BHRT can improve your libido and sexual function.
Can BHRT help me get my muscle tone and mass back?
Yes. Testosterone affects the ability for your body to produce muscle cells. With testosterone deficiency, the drop in testosterone production can lead to a loss of around 12-15 pounds of muscle tissue. By maintaining healthy levels of testosterone, you can reduce the time it takes to recover after a workout and even increase muscle growth. Testosterone is an essential building block, combined with protein, to build muscle.
What are the benefits of BHRT?
BHRT provides numerous benefits for men experience testosterone deficiency, including:
- Improved sexual desire and function
- Increased muscle mass
- Better immune function
- Healthier moods
- Preserve bone mass
- Decrease in body fat
- Sharper thinking
- More energy
- Decrease irritability
*Individual Results May Vary