Testosterone Replacement for Men

For men, the primary sex hormone is testosterone. It is produced by the testes, and the level of production is controlled by the pituitary gland and brain. From the testes, testosterone moves through the blood to perform a wide range of essential bodily functions, including:

  • Red blood cell production
  • Sperm production
  • Bone mass
  • Muscle mass and strength
  • Libido
Testosterone production is at its highest between the ages of 20 and 30 and begins to decrease gradually after about age 35. As testosterone levels decrease, it can cause several problems which may include:

  • Diminished sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Urinary problems
  • Low sperm count
  • Enlarged or tender breasts (caused by an imbalance of testosterone and estradiol)
  • Decreased muscle mass and strength
  • Decreased bone strength
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased fertility
  • Depression
  • Hair loss

In addition to testosterone, men also produce estradiol – a necessary form of estrogen created by the conversion of testosterone. If these sexual hormones become imbalanced, bodily chaos can ensue, potentially wreaking havoc on your health, energy, love life, and confidence. Thankfully, there are several bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) options available to men who’ve been diagnosed with low testosterone (“Low T”) or a sex hormone imbalance.

At Rise2Health, the primary routes of therapy we offer include oral hormones, creams and gels, and pellet therapy, which are implants the size of a rice grain placed under the skin to deliver a consistent, low dose of testosterone for up to six months. These hormones are derived from naturally-occurring sources, which means the body doesn’t know the difference between the therapeutic hormones and your own natural hormones (referred to as endogenous hormones). This dramatically reduces the number of side effects and increases the overall efficacy of the treatment.

Benefits of BHRT include:

  • Reduced risk of diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, and stroke
  • Improved libido
  • Increased sperm count and better fertility
  • More energy
  • Improved muscle and bone strength
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Reduced body fat and better maintenance of lean body mass

If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone or hormonal imbalance, don’t wait – contact us today at (503) 286-4400 for an appointment!

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Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is used to treat both men and women experiencing imbalances or drops in their naturally-occurring hormones. Hormones are responsible for most of your essential bodily functions, so when they are disrupted in any way, cascade effects across all your systems can ensue.

Most commonly, BHRT is utilized to ease symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, although we can use them to treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Mental clarity
  • Low sex drive or libido
  • Incontinence
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Andropause
  • Fatigue
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Insulin resistance
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer

Symptoms that are common with menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, memory loss, weight gain, sleep issues, and low libido can be dramatically improved with BHRT. For many other conditions, BHRT can improve vitality, energy, mental clarity, mood, weight loss, and even muscle strength!

BHRT comes in several different forms, and at Rise2Health, we carefully take into consideration your symptoms, medical conditions, and history before making a recommendation for a specific treatment. Options may include:

  • BioTE® pellet therapy
  • Compounded natural hormones
  • Nutraceutical supplementation

Delivery of BHRT depends largely on the specific therapy option, but include:

  • Implanted pellets
  • Creams
  • Patches
  • Gels
  • Injections

Hormones are a vital part of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. No one needs to suffer the symptoms of hormone imbalance, and at Rise2Health, we are confident we can find the right solution for your unique needs.

If you have questions about how BHRT can help you or would like to request an appointment, call our friendly office today at (503) 286-4400!

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Thyroid Therapy

The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate everything from metabolism to muscle control and digestion. When your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, you can experience a number of uncomfortable symptoms, including weight gain and fatigue. At Rise2Health in Portland, Oregon, Joshua David, ND, provides natural thyroid therapy treatments to improve your thyroid function. To learn more about thyroid therapy, call Dr. David at Rise2Health, or book an appointment online.

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