Our doctor provides men’s health annual examinations that are tailored to meet your exact needs, which change throughout life. Our extensive men’s screening tests can include prostate evaluation and hormonal status to help you gain and maintain an optimal level of health.
If necessary, some of the therapies we can provide are hormone replacement therapy for men, including bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
If your medical history and family history indicates the need, we can provide routine screening for prostate cancer. Tests include a digital rectal exam, to detect if the prostate is enlarged or irregularly shaped.
The test measures the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in your blood, as this is a protein produced by the prostate. An increased level of PSA can be one of the first signs of prostate cancer.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
As you age, it is not unusual for levels of testosterone to decrease, and this occurs in nearly 20% of men aged 70. Testosterone levels gradually decline, usually about 1% each year after age 30 or 40.
Low testosterone levels can cause unwanted symptoms such as:
- Weight gain
- Low sex drive
- Low energy
Hormone replacement therapy can help men with low levels of testosterone, potentially reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Hormone replacement therapy replaces the hormones lost, restoring levels, and reducing unwanted symptoms.
Testosterone is an important hormone produced mainly in the testicles, and it helps to maintain:
- Good muscle strength and mass
- Bone density
- Fat distribution
- Sperm production
- Sex drive
- Facial and body hair
- Red blood cell production
Sometimes low testosterone levels can change sleep patterns, causing insomnia. Low testosterone levels are also associated with metabolic syndrome that encompasses health problems such as elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels and elevated blood pressure and blood sugar.
If you have signs of low testosterone, our physician can provide a lab test. If testosterone levels are quite low, we may recommend hormone replacement therapy, but we will want to discuss the benefits and possible risks of treatment. For men with very low levels of testosterone, the benefits usually outweigh any potential risks.
However, men with borderline levels may be advised to use lifestyle modifications to increase energy levels, for example, by taking exercise regularly. It is also helpful to make sure you have a balanced and nutritious diet.
How Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Provided?
Hormone replacement therapy is given in the form of pills, creams, gels, patches, injections, or implanted pellets. We can discuss which method is most suitable for your needs. Once you begin hormone replacement therapy, we will need to monitor you closely to ensure the dosage is correct while keeping to the minimum required to improve your symptoms.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
We can provide bioidentical hormone replacement therapy using human-made hormones that are very similar to the hormones produced by the body. A pharmacist can fully customize these bioidentical hormones to our physician’s exact specifications. They are FDA approved and are tested thoroughly for purity and safety.