Low Testosterone and Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
We all experience hormone fluctuations during the normal course of our lives. Even from day to day and hour to hour, our bodies are repeating routine cycles and responding to factors such as stress, diet, sleep exercise and endless other factors. Changes in hormone levels are normal and often expected, but what isn’t always expected are the litany of side effects, including changes to mood, weight and overall health.
For men, dips and fluctuations in androgens (hormones) such as testosterone can produce significant and frustrating effects. Most men will experience a condition known as andropause during middle age, but men of any age may experience low testosterone or other hormone imbalances. Santa Cruz Testosterone Doctor, Christopher Hermanson, M.D. successfully treats men suffering from imbalanced hormones with Male Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Andropause (Male Menopause)
Male Hormone Replacement Therapy is a treatment option that can be used by men to safely restore testosterone levels, as well as those of other declining hormones. It uses hormones derived from natural sources that are chemically identical to the hormones produced in your own body. Christopher Hermanson, M.D. will review your symptoms, request bloodwork and put you back on the path to wellness by optimizing your hormones.
Symptoms of Declining Testosterone
There are many tell-tale signs of hormone decline in men. If you feel that you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, call Christopher Hermanson, M.D. to determine whether you are experiencing andropause, low-T, or another hormone-related condition.
You likely already know that if you aren’t getting enough sleep, exercise and nutrition then your body is going to feel fatigued. However, if you’re doing your best to live a healthy lifestyle and you still have low energy and feel both physically and mentally exhausted, low testosterone or another hormone imbalance may be to blame.
- Hair Loss
It’s easy to chalk a loss of hair up to normal aging, but if you’re experiencing sudden hair loss in greater amounts than usual, your hormones may at the root of the problem. While there are numerous topical options to treat hair loss, if your hair loss is caused by hormone decline then you are likely wasting time, money and energy on these topical solutions.
- Sexual Dysfunction
While erectile dysfunction is often the result of stress or anxiety, an inability to consistently achieve an erection or a lack of interest in sex may be caused by a decline in testosterone. Persisting erectile dysfunction, inability to climax and other forms of sexual dysfunction can have a debilitating effect on your mood and outlook, so it’s worth investigating whether your hormones are causing your issues.
- Loss of Muscle Mass
Anyone who hits the gym knows that testosterone levels play a critical role in repairing muscle tissue in both men and women. Without proper testosterone levels, not only will you have more trouble gaining muscles, but you may find yourself losing the muscle mass that you once sustained easily. This tends to affect men who are experiencing andropause and suddenly find that they are unable to lift as much and perform as athletically as they used to.
- Weight Gain
In addition to causing a loss of muscle mass, hormone imbalances frequently cause added weight gain. This means that while the scale may read the same, over time you may notice added fat in your belly while other muscles tend to be shrinking. Testosterone plays an important role in making sure that the energy you’ve gained from your diet is used efficiently. As testosterone levels decline, that energy begins to be stored as fat rather than used for bodily functions and providing you energy.
- Mood Changes
If you’re dealing with any of the symptoms listed above, that’s probably going to be enough to make you feel a little grumpy. But beneath the surface, there may be even more going on. Testosterone plays a crucial role in regulating moods, so imbalanced or low testosterone can make you feel sad, angry, confused and even depressed. Drastic mood shifts not only affects you, but your relationships and those around you.
Find Help with Low Testosterone and Male Andropause
If you’re experiencing any combination of the above symptoms and you believe your hormones may to be blame, it’s time to consult with an experienced testosterone replacement specialist. Christopher Hermanson, M.D. is trained in helping men who are suffering with andropause or low-testosterone and can determine whether supplementing the hormones your body produces with natural hormones will be a safe and effective treatment option for you.
Male hormone replacement therapy has helped countless men in Santa Cruz California raise their testosterone back to healthy levels. If you are interested in learning more, speak with Christopher Hermanson, M.D. who is trained in helping men with low testosterone and men going through andropause.
“Dr. Hermanson is the best doctor I have found in the Santa Cruz area. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and confident but also takes the time to listen to you. I have been seeing him for testosterone replacement therapy for 3 years and am having excellent results. I had been to another clinic in the area before finding him and they really messed up my hormones! It was a terrible experience. I am so glad I found him and can’t stress enough that finding the right doctor is critical when it comes to your hormones and how you feel. ”
– JH, Age 46