Signs You May Want to Consider Hormone Replacement as an Aging Male
If you are a male who has just had hormone replacement suggested to you for the first time, you might've wondered if this procedure is more for women. And that's understandable. Women have been using hormone replacement for many years, but the idea of men using hormone replacement is newer and less understood.
It is different from female hormone replacement, of course. You would be taking testosterone, not estrogen and progesterone. However, the idea is similar. The testosterone is meant to counteract or reduce some of the issues that tend to appear as men age and their levels of sex hormones drop.
So, what are some signs you might benefit from male hormone replacement? Take a look.
Loss of Muscle Mass
Do you feel like you keep working out, but never put on any muscle mass? Maybe you have gained a lot of body fat that you can't seem to shed. These are signs of low testosterone. A loss of muscle mass can make it hard to feel confident and to do the things you love, but testosterone supplementation can help to counteract this.
A loss of libido can be really destructive to your ego and confidence. It can interfere with your love life and socialization. While it is pretty natural for men's libidos to fall when they grow older, the fact that this is natural does not make it easier to bear. Testosterone supplementation can help.
There are many possible causes of fatigue. You may not be getting enough sleep, or you might be under a lot of stress that you're not dealing with well. Your doctor should also take a blood test to ensure you're not deficient in any nutrients, like vitamin B12. If everything else seems normal and your fatigue persists, then the fatigue may be due to low testosterone levels.
Low Bone Density
Just like women can experience low bone density as a result of falling estrogen levels, men can experience low bone density as their testosterone levels fall. If you've recently suffered one or more bone fractures, it is a good idea to have a bone scan to determine whether your bone density is falling. If it is, supplementing with testosterone will help prevent future fractures.
These are the signs that you may want to consider testosterone supplementation. Talk to your doctor to learn more about your options and the benefits of hormone replacement for men.