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Testosterone Therapy

Bethlehem | Allentown

Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in males.

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Why

Hormone Therapy

Hormones of natural origin and identical bio-composition to those of the body are utilized to help patients maintain optimum hormonal levels.

The body’s hormones are crucial in maintaining health and wellness. However, as the years go by and as age takes its toll, the body’s capacity to create hormones may diminish and their levels may become imbalanced. This leads to a variety of unpleasant symptoms including mood changes, weight gain and other health complications.

To ensure patients stay healthy and happy as they age, Dr. Levinstein provides hormone replacement therapy to allow patients to reach their natural levels.
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What Is Testosterone?

Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in males. Traditionally, testosterone is understood in its responsibility for the development of male tissues, including the prostate and testes, while secondarily, it plays a significant role in bone and muscle mass, body hair growth, and causes a deepened voice due to increased tension on the vocal cords. As you may or may not know, testosterone is responsible for much, much more.

How Does Low Testosterone Affect Men?

Testosterone deficiency increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, cognitive dysfunction, sarcopenia (muscle wasting), obesity, anemia, fatigue, depression, inflammation, cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, irritability, and sexual dysfunction (e.g., decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, reduced orgasm intensity). Many men suffering from low testosterone will report a loss of competitive edge, musculoskeletal stiffness and pain, diminished ability to participate in athletics/sports, and poor work performance. Men see a decline in testosterone at 30 years old, but it is not uncommon for some men to have symptoms of low testosterone as early as their 20’s!

Testosterone naturally wanes in men as they age, but in some cases low testosterone levels can cause physical symptoms earlier. Symptoms of low testosterone include:

 

  • Feelings of depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Loss of muscle and bone
  • Weight gain
  • Hot flashes
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Less energy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Fatigue
  • Poor sleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Less body hair
  • Thinner bones

It’s important to note that just having one or two symptoms in passing is not necessarily a sign of low testosterone. Talk to your doctor to rule out other possible causes.

What Else Should You Know About Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

TRT is both safe and effective. To further increase its efficacy, prescribers often recommend human chorionic as an adjuvant to TRT. It functions to maintain male testicular function. In some cases,  It is a more conservative option to improve testosterone levels before trying TRT. It is also important to note the role of estrogen in men. Males produce estrogens from testosterone via the enzyme aromatase. Estrogen is vital for cognitive functioning, the cardiovascular system, maintenance of bone, fat control, and sexual function. As you may expect, too much or too little estrogen can be detrimental to a man’s health. Because of this, some men will occasionally benefit from the use of an aromatase inhibitor (AI). Your doctor can further discuss the role of AIs with you.

What Are The Potential Side Effects Of TRT?

The majority of side effects and risks associated with TRT are typically due to poorly managed protocols. Contrary to popular belief, TRT does not increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolus, or blood clots.

Your TREATMENT OPTIONS

Treatment will result in benefits such as regaining energy and attaining optimal health and function by correcting the abnormal hormone levels in your body.

MEET OUR PHYSICIAN

Dr. Levinstein brings the highest standard of medical care while delivering the most advanced treatments to meet your specific needs and help you reach your pain management goals. He is an interventional and anti-aging functional medicine specialist. He has a clinical interest in the biomechanical etiology of musculoskeletal injuries, pain conditions and degenerative spinal and joint disorders utilizing treatment of the whole-body continuum with innovative orthobiologic treatments. 

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