It is not uncommon for hormone treatments to be seen as something for menopausal women. However, like women experience the decrease of estrogen, men experience the decrease of testosterone as they age. Sometimes, however, men develop a condition called hypogonadism, which stops the production of testosterone in the testicles.
Testosterone is a hormone that is produced mainly by the testicles. It plays a number of critical roles in the body, making it essential that your low testosterone levels are treated. Testosterone replacement therapy is one option, however, proper hormone treatments usually include a mixture of various hormones to supplement hormones and stimulators to boost the body’s natural hormone production. One of the drugs that are often included is anastrozole. Read on to learn about why a cocktail of ingredients is included and how testosterone and anastrozole work together for your treatment.
There are a number of symptoms that may present when your testosterone levels start to decline. Testosterone plays a number of critical roles in the body, including regulating sexual function and development, building muscle bulk, increasing bone density, and regulating red blood cell levels. Some common symptoms of low testosterone include:
If you have experienced one or several of these symptoms, you should speak to your general practitioner about testing your testosterone levels. From there, he or she will make an assessment and help you come up with a plan of treatment that will treat your hypogonadism.
There are two separate reasons that hormone replacement therapy for men often includes more than just the hormone testosterone. First, some drugs and hormones boost the production of testosterone or supplement the amount of testosterone in the body. Second, in some men, testosterone replacement therapy results in higher levels of estrogen. This can happen easily because testosterone is the precursor for the production of estrogen.
In the female body, testosterone undergoes a conversion using the aromatase enzyme and becomes estrogen (estradiol). Sometimes, when testosterone and other hormones are administered to combat hypogonadism, the body responds by producing aromatase enzyme. This means that a lot of the extra testosterone is being converted to estrogen. In the male body, this causes an excess of estradiol. Some of the most common symptoms of estradiol include edema (a condition resulting in swelling of the extremities) and gynecomastia (development and enlargement of the male breasts). In addition to these two conditions, excess estradiol can result in lowered sexual libido, erectile dysfunction, infertility, weight gain, fatigue, short-term memory problems, and difficulty sleeping.
Testosterone therapy often includes more than just testosterone. Some of the hormones and drugs that you may be administered as a part of your hormone therapy include:
For some men, their body responds to testosterone and its boosters by increasing production of the aromatase enzyme. When this enzyme is produced, it converts testosterone to estrogen and estradiol levels in the body rise. In order to prevent this from happening, it is not uncommon for physicians to administer anastrozole to be used in addition to the testosterone-boosting cocktail. Anastrozole stops the body from producing aromatase enzyme, stopping the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
One downside of this is that anastrozole may stop the production of estrogen completely. This is a problem because even though estrogen is typically thought of as a hormone in the female body, it is still needed for the male body. One of its functions is regulating bone density, so men that have had this with their testosterone therapy may experience decreased bone density and eventually osteoporosis.
When hypogonadism causes a drastic reduction in testosterone, hormone therapy may be the only option. Testosterone therapy is often administered as testosterone hormone supplements and boosters. In addition to this, anastrozole is often administered to prevent an excess of estradiol in the body.
If you find yourself suffering from the symptoms of low testosterone, you should have yourself evaluated as soon as possible by Body Concepts. This condition often produces worse symptoms with time. There are risks associated with hormone therapy, as well as the anastrozole that may be administered to prevent extra estrogen production. Your doctor will discuss this with you and help decide which methods of treatment are best for you.