Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Men
St. Petersburg FL Testosterone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Colin Chan, M.D. at West Coast Primary Care specializes in helping men to overcome the signs and symptoms of waning hormone levels. If you’re a man approaching middle age who is experiencing decreased sexual libido, lack of energy, and irritability, you may have common symptoms of testosterone imbalance. Also known as andropause, male menopause, and hypogonadism, unbalanced hormones can cause a host of health issues that negatively affect your quality of life. While having one or two of these issues may not indicate a problem with your hormones, experiencing several at the same time usually does point to hormone imbalance.
Additional symptoms of testosterone deficiency in men include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue
- Loss of muscle tone
- Accumulation of fat, especially around the abdomen
- Loss of body hair
- Difficulty concentrating and problems with memory
- Hot flashes and night sweats
Work with Colin Chan, M.D. to Restore Your Hormone Balance
St. Petersburg FL Testosterone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Colin Chan, M.D. at West Coast Primary Care has helped hundreds of men feel better physically and emotionally with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). This is a method of naturally replacing what your body has lost through the normal aging process. Unlike traditional doctors who typically use synthetic hormones, Colin Chan, M.D. of West Coast Primary Care believes that Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy offers the best results with fewer side effects. The cell structure of Bioidentical Hormones, which occur naturally in several types of plants, closely matches what the human body produces.
After examining you and determining your current hormone level, Colin Chan, M.D. has a local compounding pharmacy create a hormone replacement regimen to target your specific symptoms. You may receive Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy by injection, wearing a patch, taking an oral medication, or another method that you and the doctor mutually agree to use. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for men uses a combination of testosterone, thyroid, and pregnenolone, which you can learn more about below.
Understanding the Role of Testosterone in Men
Testosterone is the primary hormone in a group of male hormones called androgens. It plays a large role in male sexuality, reproductive health, and bone health. Testosterone production increases as a boy enters puberty and peaks when he is in his early twenties. Unfortunately, it already starts tapering off by the time a man is 30 years old. Although there is considerable variation among men, a one percent decrease in testosterone production every year after age 30 is typical.
There are numerous benefits to replacing the testosterone your body has lost. Other men who have completed Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy with Colin Chan, M.D. report a noticeable improvement in the symptoms detailed above within approximately six weeks of starting treatment.
Thyroid Replacement Therapy
Although it is tiny, the thyroid is one of the most important glands in the human body. It is located directly below your Adam’s apple and cricoid cartilage. In most men, the thyroid weighs less than one ounce. Having a thyroid that is either underactive or overactive can cause hormonal imbalance problems. Hypothyroidism, which is when the body can’t produce enough of the hormone to meet the body’s needs, is more common.
The goal of thyroid replacement therapy with Colin Chan, M.D. is to restore your thyroid to normal functioning. Since the primary function of the thyroid is to maintain your metabolism, replacing what your body no longer produces helps you to lose or maintain your weight. When your metabolism is healthy, you are less likely to see fat stores around your midsection. Maintaining blood calcium levels is another important function of the thyroid.
What is Pregnenolone?
Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone that is first synthesized by the cholesterol in your body and then created by your adrenal glands. Pregnenolone, along with the hormone DHEA, is responsible for creating testosterone and all other hormones in your body. Because it is made from the supporting tissues in your brain, pregnenolone activates neuroreceptors that alternately stimulate and calm your brain. When this level of hormone is too low, you are likely to experience fatigue and problems with concentration and memory. Mood disturbances are also common, with depression and irritability being the most frequent complaints.
In addition to alleviating common symptoms, undergoing Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy with pregnenolone can help you feel more youthful and energetic, prevent cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers, and help improve your overall sense of wellbeing. Other patients of St. Petersburg FL Testosterone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Colin Chan, M.D. at West Coast Primary Care have said that bringing their levels of pregnenolone in balance helped them feel more enthusiastic about life than they had in several months.
Contact St. Petersburg FL Testosterone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Colin Chan, M.D. of West Coast Primary Care serving the St. Petersburg, Florida area today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you!