Bio-identical Hormone Therapy for Men
Just as women, men experience hormonal shifts during midlife. A drop in testosterone can severely impact well-being, resulting in a lack of libido, erectile dysfunction (ED), weight gain, loss of muscle strength, development of breast tissue, lack of energy, and associated depression. Many men feel that their “vital force” has left them when they no longer feel the urge to compete at work, excel in sports, or seek out and enjoy physical intimacy. Reduced levels of male hormone may also give rise to increased blood sugar levels and osteoporosis.
Unlike women, who experience a relatively rapid depletion of hormones at menopause, male hormone levels decline over time. Many men complain of feeling “spent” and many partners complain of their loved one’s grumpiness, lassitude and lack of interest in sex once testosterone levels have declined significantly. This condition is often referred to as andropause, although this term is inaccurate since men continue to produce androgenic hormones for life (The preferred term is PADAM or Partial Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male). Unlike menopause, symptoms are gradual, leading many men to believe they are “just getting on in years” and to not seek relief. Also, in men, the symptoms of hormone depletion are more general and less obvious. Most men who have experienced some or all of these symptoms say that BHRT helped them recapture their youth and vigour, and all that they once enjoyed.
Testosterone replacement therapy can produce a number of benefits including:
- Improved mood
- Restored libido and better erections
- Increased energy
- Better sleep
- Reduced incidence of depression
- Increased muscle mass and stronger bones
Natural Hormone Balancing
Knowing how vital a youthful hormone profile is to health and well-being, our pharmacists have developed a natural hormone balancing program for both men and women. Each regimen is tailored to specific needs, and may involve several modalities. Our highly trained and experienced compounding pharmacists are experts in the correct balance of hormones and will work together with your physician or naturopath to ensure that your program for hormone balance works effectively for you. Your hormones will be prepared in the form most convenient for you—either as a cream, oral supplement, suppository or sublingual troche.
The Finlandia Hormone Balancing Program includes:
- Lifestyle modifications
- Education concerning your stage of life and the connections with your thyroid and adrenal glands
- Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)
- Vitamin/mineral/herbal supplementation
Our clinical herbal dispensary also custom compounds herbal preparations for both customers and health professionals. Types of herbal compounding include teas. tinctures, salves, oils, balms, creams and gels, suppositories and capsules.
Salivary Hormone Testing
An assessment of your hormone levels can be made from sampling your saliva. Saliva testing measures the levels of hormones circulating in the bloodstream that remain free from serum-binding proteins, and can therefore be used by the cells. This form of hormone testing is believed by many practitioners to provide a more accurate measurement on which to base a balancing regimen and symptom control. Finlandia Pharmacy can arrange for you to have a saliva test and discuss the results with you and your physician. Please talk to one of our pharmacists to schedule an appointment.