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As we age, it’s natural for our hormones to shift out of balance. One of the most significant shifts is a drop in testosterone levels – and with that drop comes a multitude of symptoms that can make life feel more difficult than it needs to be.

Many men don’t realize that there are natural options available to help them regain their energy and vitality, beyond lifestyle changes that might not be enough to counteract the natural decline of testosterone levels. One effective option is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men.

This type of therapy can naturally restore optimal hormone levels, leading to improved physical and mental health. Let's dive into more detail how BHRT for men works, who should get it, potential side effects, and why partnering with Pedro Gonzalez MD is a smart move.

Symptoms Of Low Testosterone

It's not just women who suffer from hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats. As testosterone levels decline, men can also experience these types of symptoms as well as a decrease in sex drive, stamina, energy and motivation.

When your testosterone levels drop, men may also experience depression, anxiety and sleep problems along with hair loss, memory loss and erectile dysfunction. You may find yourself gaining weight and losing muscle mass.

Once you hit middle age, these symptoms are likely to occur with greater frequency and intensity.

How Do I Know If I Have Low Testosterone Levels?

Did you know there are convenient lab tests to determine whether or not you have "low T"?

The most common lab test for low testosterone is a testosterone blood test. This test measures the amount of testosterone in the blood. Other tests that may be used to diagnose low testosterone include a luteinizing hormone (LH) test and a follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) test.

These tests help to determine whether the low testosterone is caused by a problem with the pituitary gland or the testes. Additionally, a total testosterone test, free testosterone test, and bioavailable testosterone test might also be used for a complete diagnosis.

If your test results show that your testosterone level falls below 300 ng/dL and you are experiencing any of the common symptoms associated with low testosterone, you should explore appropriate lifestyle changes to naturally boost testosterone levels.

Given our team's expertise in treating hormone imbalances, the best first step is to schedule a free discovery to discuss your situation and help you get tested. We will help you understand what’s going on and come up with a comprehensive plan. Part of that plan might involve bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), possibly including hormone pellet therapy for men.

What Are the Risk Factors for Low Testosterone?

It's no secret that testosterone levels decrease as you age. However, men who have chronic illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity are at a higher risk of experiencing a more significant decline.

Stress and sedentary lifestyles can also be contributing factors.

If you're noticing that your sex drive is waning—or if you've been diagnosed with any of the above conditions—it's important to know what steps you can take to help keep your levels of testosterone up.

Why Should Men Consider BHRT?

BHRT is a treatment approach that uses bioidentical forms of testosterone (identical in molecular structure to your own endogenous testosterone) to optimize hormone levels so you can reclaim your vitality, energy levels and sex drive.

Because your body can't tell whether the hormones came from your testes or the pharmacy, BHRT is arguably safer than synthetic testosterone medications merely mimicking the function of testosterone.

There are many studies over the last 30 years that have shown BHRT as a safe and effective strategy for treating hormone imbalances – provided that appropriate hormone testing is used to individualize your dose to your specific needs.

Men who have used BHRT have experienced the following benefits:

  • Increase in energy & resilience
  • Improved mood & sleep
  • Boost in sexual drive & libido
  • Increase in muscular strength and body tone
  • Reduction in body fat
  • Decrease in anxiety

Choosing A BHRT Provider

When considering testosterone replacement, it's important to work with a licensed health practitioner with expertise in hormone issues.

When working with clients, our team provides the right guidance for their unique situation. We also examine lifestyle factors that could be unnecessarily draining your testosterone production and provide guidance on natural ways to boost your resilience and longevity.

If you would like to explore whether bioidentical hormone replacement therapy might be right for you, then consider signing up for a free consultation so we can discuss your specific situation and discuss next steps regarding hormone testing.

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Areas Served

Dr. Pedro Gonzalez, MD is based in Chicago/Illinois, and serves patients throughout Illinois, Florida and Texas. These areas include but are not limited to Chicago Loop, Lincoln Park, Near North Side, River North, West Town, Streeterville, Lake View, Logan Square, Little Village, Bridgeport, Oak Park, Oakbrook, Harwood Heights, Arlington Heights, Bucktown, Old Town, Maywood, Lincoln Square, Edgewater, Evanston, Cook County, Lake County.

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