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Unfortunately, when the subject of hormone replacement therapy appears in almost any conversation, especially when discussing the male gender, the name of the treatment conveys the idea that something is missing and needs to be replaced. The truth, in actual fact, is that Hormone Replacement Therapy is used to Essentially ‘top up’ any naturally decreasing levels of testosterone, and therefore the treatment does not replace anything that is missing.
Here is Everything you need to know regarding Hormone Replacement Therapy for men.
What Does Testosterone Actually Do?
Testosterone is a hormone produced by the male body in the testes. The amount of testosterone your body produces is centrally controlled and continuously monitored by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in the brain.
Testosterone plays a crucial and varied role in the workings of the male human’s body and pubescent boys whose bodies contain too little of the hormone may Experience delays in the typical Masculinization process, such as a voice that fails to break, little to no facial and body hair and genitals that may not enlarge as much as they typically should.
The numerous roles testosterone plays in the male human body include:
- The size and strength of muscles
- Development of the genital area
- The appearance of facial and body hair and subsequently balding in later life
- Bone strength
- The quantity a quality of sperm production
- The deepening of the voice
Testosterone Treatment and Therapy
Testosterone therapy is most commonly known for being the recommended treatment therapy for a delay in puberty of adolescent males, and also for a particularly low production of testosterone in adult males.
However, there is a plethora of other issues that Mens hormone replace therapy can improve, which include but are in no way limited to:
- Erection and general sexual function issues
- Depression and low mood
- Cognitive memory and behavior problems
- Low energy and fatigue
- Generalized weakness
HRT for Men
Hormone Replacement Therapy for men is a relatively modern scientific development which essentially recreates and subsequently maintains a healthy chemical balance of hormone levels in a man’s bloodstream.
Generally, most Hormone Replacement Therapy for men takes approximately between three and six months to begin to take significant effect as hormones take a while to properly affect the chemistry of your body. It is important to remember this prior to beginning hormone replacement therapy and when you fail to feel the benefits immediately, be patient and give the treatment time to work.
Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men
The side effects of undergoing Hormone Replacement Treatment therapy may possibly, but will not necessarily, include one or more of the following:
- A temporary difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection
- Hot flushes and sweating
- Weight Gain
- Mood Swings
Hormone Replacement Therapy is a gradual, fine-tuned and chemically delicate process that happens within your body, and is a process that should be afforded the appropriate time and proper care that it demands and deserves.