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Why Use Compound Medications for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in Men?

Male Hypogonadism, or as it is also called testosterone deficiency aka “male menopause,” affects around 30% of males between the age of 40-79. More and more people are reporting hypogonadism. Medical healthcare providers opt for testosterone replacement therapy or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to improve the patients’ quality of life and provide long-term health benefits.

Symptoms Of Androgen Deficiency At Different Stages Of Life

Early Childhood

  • Micropenis (penis does not grow to expected size)
  • Small testes

Early Teenage Years (Puberty)

  • Late puberty or failure to go through full

Normal Puberty

  • Small testes and penis
  • Poor development of facial, body, or pubic hair
  • Poor muscle development
  • Voice does not deepen (larynx underdeveloped)
  • Gynecomastia (breast development)
  • Poor growth (height) surge

Adulthood

  • Mood changes (low mood and irritability)
  • Poor concentration
  • Low energy (lethargy, low stamina)
  • Reduced muscle strength
  • Increased body fat
  • Decreased libido (low interest in sex)
  • Difficulty getting and keeping erections (uncommon)
  • Low semen volume
  • Reduced beard or body hair growth
  • Gynecomastia (breast development)
  • Hot flushes, sweats
  • Osteoporosis (thinning of bones)

Later life (after 60 years)

  • Mood changes (low mood and irritability)
  • Poor concentration
  • Easily fatigued
  • Poor muscle strength
  • Increased body fat
  • Decreased libido (low interest in sex)
  • Difficulty getting and keeping erections
  • Gynecomastia (breast development)
  • Osteoporosis (thinning of bones)

Usually, doctors look to commercially produced hormones to alleviate the above symptoms and provide a better quality of life. Still, these hormones only come in specific strengths, doses, and formulations. For a more customized and tailored treatment plan, doctors are now opting for compounded hormone replacement therapy for men.

Bioidentical Testosterone vs. Synthetic Testosterone

We have already discussed that there are two methods of balancing your hormone levels. You can either go for bioidentical testosterone or synthetic testosterone. To understand the difference between bioidentical and synthetic testosterones, we first have to see how hormones actually work. Each hormone in our body has a unique structure. Think of a 3D system that has a lock and a key. The testosterone that you take needs to act as a key so that it can open the lock. The better the key, the more improvement you will feel.

Synthetic hormones are not capable of mimicking the natural structure of hormones in your body. This results in more side effects. For example, commercially produced testosterone patches only come in fixed concentrations. Synthetic testosterones are also known to cause skin irritation and burn-like blisters. Commercially available testosterone pellets can be painful, and again, they are only available in specific strengths. Commercially available testosterone is also available in injection form.

What is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Men?

More and more physicians prefer bioidentical hormone therapy for men who want to restore their hormone levels without the various side effects that commercially produced products bring with them. Although bioidentical HRT has been helping men and women achieve hormonal balance since the early 1900s, it has recently come under the spotlight due to its effectiveness and options.

Bioidentical hormones are compounded hormones that are extracted from natural sources. They are developed to be identical to the hormones naturally occurring in our bodies, hence the name ‘bioidentical’ hormones. These bioidentical or compounded hormones may have fewer side effects, and patients may experience fewer risks than mass-produced hormones. They are also a more effective and personalized treatment option. These hormones are compounded according to a tailored prescription by a compounding pharmacist. A compounding pharmacist works under strict guidelines. They have to stay abreast of all the latest technologies and trends to ensure customer satisfaction, drug effectiveness, and compliance. They develop compounded hormones according to the strength and dosage prescribed by the patient’s healthcare provider. Your physician will carefully determine what dosage you need by reviewing and discussing your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, and more. Once they prescribe a compounded hormone therapy for you, the compounding pharmacy can develop a perfectly suitable treatment for your needs.

Reasons for Using Compounded HRT for Men?

There are various reasons why physicians choose compounded HRT for men. Research shows that compounded hormones are generally safe and effective and positively affect men’s health. Studies have shown that men who use compounded medications to restore their testosterone levels have reduced risks of heart attacks and strokes. Also, a balanced level of testosterone is linked to high energy levels and weight control. These are not the only reason for using compounded HRT. Men who use HRT also experience stronger sexual desire and performance, better bone density, and more.

Men report other benefits such as:

  • More energy
  • Reduced body fat
  • Improved mood
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Increased muscular strength
  • Boosted sexual performance
  • Maintenance of lean body mass

Benefits of Compounding for Testosterone Treatment

There is no one right amount of testosterone for every male. It depends on the patient. So, we can safely say that there is no one-size-fits-all dosage that can work across all men. That is one of the most significant benefits of compounded HRT. It can offer a customized approach that is unique to the patient. Compounded hormones are also of the highest quality. Also, compounding pharmacies can create a tailored treatment plan for you that also considers the form of medication and makes it easier to take. They can also combine various hormones into a single formulation or dosage. Compounded HRT is available in multiple formations. They can be made into oral capsules, sublingual troches, sublingual drops, transdermal creams, and topical solutions.

Conclusion

Compounded Hormone Replacement Therapy has been used since the early 1900s. It offers various benefits to users, including a more personalized and customized treatment plan, with possibly fewer side effects than commercially available hormones, multiple formulations to choose from, and more. Talk to your doctor about developing a more customized and tailored compounded HRT plan for you right now. Want to find out more about compounded medications and their benefits? Just contact us, and our expert consultants will be happy to answer any and all of your questions.

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