What is BHRT?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) refers to the replacement of hormones that are identical to those that the body produces. Effective for both men and women, these hormones are commonly offered as creams, capsules, vaginal suppositories and injections. Treatment mainly focuses on hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, dehydroepiandosterone (DHEA), cortisol, and thyroid.
Benefits of BHRT?
As men get older, we experience a decline in our production of natural hormones. Since hormones play a key role in regulating activity in our brain and body, regulating gene function, and overall effect on energy and a feeling of wellness, metabolism, stress and libido, replacement of these hormones is an amazing alternative to optimal health and vitality.
The benefits of optimal T levels are numerous. Improvements in mood, cognitive function, cardiovascular health, libido, sexual performance, bone density, confidence, and increased muscle mass are just some of the benefits associated with maintaining optimal levels of this critical hormone. Results will vary per patient due to age, genetics, lifestyle, dosing, and adherence to therapy.
What is “low T”?
When a man has low T, it means his testosterone is below normal level. It’s normal for men to produce less testosterone as they age. Normal daily production is typically 8mg per day, however, after age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. In fact, by the time a he reaches 50 years old, half the testosterone producing cells that were available at the age of 25 have disappeared. Studies have shown that there is a 30% decline in total testosterone, and a 50% decline in bio-available testosterone from age 25 to 75.
- Reduced Sex Drive (reduced sexual activity)
- Decreased Energy/Fatigue
- All day depression
- Poor exercise tolerance
- Sexual Dysfunction (unable to maintain erections)
- Increase in body fat
- Poor memory
- Hearing loss
- Dry mucus membranes
- Poor cardiac function
- Depressed mood
The Churchill Center diagnoses Low T through an assessment of a combination of things including signs and symptoms, blood tests, and a questionnaire. Blood tests alone are not typically recommended due to a wide variance in daily testosterone production as well as non-standardization of laboratory testing across different labs.