Age takes its toll on a man, and that is often reflected by a decrease in libido. Women go through menopause, and in some ways that makes them the lucky sex. They are well aware of the effects of the loss of natural hormones. Men also suffer a hormonal decline, although it is not as obvious as with women, and go through a process known as andropause.
Fortunately, there is a way to restore the natural hormones of youth and bring libido back to normal levels. That is through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men. In addition to a heightened libido, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for men may protect against heart disease and cancer.
Thirty-year-old men are quite young, but that is the age at which male testosterone levels start declining. A couple of decades generally pass before men enter andropause, and loss of libido is just one symptom of “male menopause.” Other common signs of andropause include:
How exactly does testosterone affect a man’s health? Low levels of testosterone increase the risk of prostate cancer, urinary problems, fractures, high cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular issues. As a man ages and his hormone levels drop, he initially notices less strength and energy.
These first, subtle signs continue as the years go on, and the physical, emotional and mental changes become undeniable. A lack of libido may affect his relationship with his spouse or partner. That low testosterone is also affecting his overall well-being.
Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are similar to those produced naturally by the male body. Testosterone is not the only hormone used for male bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, also plays an important role in male sexual health.
In the body, the adrenal glands produce DHEA, while the bioidentical variety is derived from wild yam sources. DHEA aids in testosterone production, and its levels start dropping in men around age 30. Testosterone dosages start at lower levels and are increased over time via careful monitoring. Eventually, the proper amounts for each man are calibrated and he will recognize the benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Along with an increased sex drive and stronger erections, the energy and enthusiasm he once possessed should come back and he should feel years, if not decades, younger. Male bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is really restoration therapy.
Since hormone replacement is a holistic practice, the doctor will recommend a diet and exercise plan appropriate for an individual patient’s needs, along with nutritional supplements. Excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine can affect testosterone levels, so moderation is important. Cigarettes not only contribute to various potentially fatal health problems, but also negatively affect testosterone levels.
If would you like more information about how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can improve male libido, call the offices of Dr. Edward Jacobson today to arrange a consultation.