What You Need to Know About Testosterone Treatment for Men

Corrie MieszczakDr. Carragher, TestosteroneLeave a Comment

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When many people think about men using testosterone, they almost  immediately focus on the negative side effects. Abused by professional athletes, non-professional athletes, students and bodybuilders, testosterone has developed a bad reputation for making men aggressive and having lots of other negative effects. This is too bad, as testosterone has so many positive effects on male health. The Truth About Testosterone Testosterone is critical to human health and essential across the board. Higher levels of testosterone benefit the heart by improving cardiac function. This important hormone also improves function of the brain, muscles, and virtually every organ system. Correct dosing in treatment is important, though. Having just the right amount of testosterone makes a man strong and function optimally. Too much can cause him to be overgrown, while inadequate testosterone … Read More

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Top 10 Myths and Misconceptions About Testosterone Treatment in Women

Corrie MieszczakAge Management, Dr. Carragher, Hormone Replacement Therapy, TestosteroneLeave a Comment

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Testosterone treatment is one of the most misunderstood therapies, especially when it comes to testosterone treatment for women. Because testosterone is the main male reproductive hormone, many people are surprised that testosterone is important for female health, too. The myths and misconceptions surrounding testosterone therapy can prevent many women from getting the treatment they need for optimal health and wellness. So let’s set the record straight. Busting the Top 10 Myths and Misconceptions about Testosterone Treatment Myth #1: Testosterone is a ‘male’ hormone and not for women While men do have higher levels of testosterone in the bloodstream, it is a critical hormone for female health. Testosterone is the most abundant biologically active sex steroid hormone in women. In fact, there is about ten times as much testosterone in the … Read More

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Testosterone is Important to Male Health – But (Surprise!) So is Estrogen

Corrie MieszczakDr. Carragher, Estrogen, Hormone Optimization, TestosteroneLeave a Comment

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Everyone knows that estrogen is important to women’s health, but did you know that estrogen plays a key role in men’s health? As men reach middle age, the inevitable starts to occur – symptoms of aging set in. These symptoms include changes in sexual function, such as reduced sexual desire and erectile dysfunction, weight gain,  and other physical changes. In general, older guys have a hard time keeping up with the younger bucks. Many doctors think that low testosterone is the culprit when it comes to signs of aging in men – and that’s true – but estrogen is actually key to halting these signs of aging as well. The Truth About Estrogen In Men Estrogen is a hormone, which means it works as a chemical messenger to control and … Read More

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At What Age Should I Start Thinking About Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Corrie MieszczakAge Management, Dr. Carragher, Estrogen, FAQs, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Perimenopause, Progesterone, Sex, TestosteroneLeave a Comment

Am I Too Young For HRT

Many men and women associate hormonal changes and Hormone Replacement Therapy with being in their 50s or even older. However, hormonal changes often begin much earlier. For this reason, it is important for both men and women to pay close attention to their bodies and begin considering Hormone Replacement Therapy at a younger age if symptoms occur. What Age Should Women Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy? On average, women in the United States go through menopause around the age of 51, but hormones typically begin to change many years before menopause is complete. In fact, many women begin to experience symptoms related to hormonal changes as early as their 30s or 40s. Because these changes are commonly associated with older women, younger women experiencing symptoms often feel strange or worry that … Read More

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Is It A Mid-life Crisis? Or Is It Male Hormonal Decline?

Mike CarragherHormone Replacement Therapy, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, TestosteroneLeave a Comment

When we talk about middle age as a society, it’s generally accepted that women hit menopause and that men might have a mid-life crisis. But what if men are not just having some kind of breakdown where they question their past choices and their future? What if these men are having their own form of menopause? It’s time to talk more about male “menopause” and the symptoms men could experience from it, including difficult emotional symptoms. Men are often expected to bottle their emotions, so emotional changes could be particularly hard for them to navigate. Plus, women are used to dealing with hormonal changes throughout their lives, but men may not be as equipped to do so. Let’s address male “menopause” – what it is, what the symptoms are and … Read More

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Does Testosterone Cause Blood Clots?

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

There are so many benefits of supplementing with bio-identical testosterone, including improved cardiovascular health, better overall sense of well-being, higher energy, better sexual function, and increased strength. It’s a life-changer and even a life-saver for so many men. So why is it that since late 2014, testosterone products have been required to include an alarming warning? The warning comes from the FDA, and alerts patients and prescribing physicians of a potentially serious side effect of using testosterone: thromboembolism (basically, a blood clot). The two most common types of blood clots are deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg; and pulmonary embolism (PE), which is a blood clot in the lungs. Both can be deadly.  When patients see or hear this warning, it justifiably … Read More

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Will Taking Testosterone Make My Testicles Shrink?

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

A common question from my male patients when I recommend testosterone therapy is, “Is this going to make my balls shrink?” Understandably, that’s not something that they want. Let me cut to the chase here. The short answer to the question is: yes, it can. The longer, more accurate answer is: not always, and there are ways to offset this side effect. First, let me explain why testicular shrinkage can happen when testosterone is administered. The way that testosterone is normally produced in the body is via a process initiated by the pituitary gland in the brain. The pituitary gland utilizes a hormone (called luteinizing hormone or LH) which sends a signal to “turn on” testosterone production in your testicles, and, accordingly, your testicles start making testosterone, which goes into … Read More

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It’s Not Just Testosterone: Men and Hormones

Mike CarragherDr. Carragher, Hormone Optimization, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

When guys think of hormone replacement therapy, they immediately think of testosterone. Not only is testosterone the most commonly prescribed hormone for men, it’s also the one we most associate with men in general. We frequently see articles in pop health magazines about low testosterone and “man-o-pause.” Low-T clinics have popped up in strip malls across the country (there’s a multitude in Los Angeles alone). And let’s not forget the bro-science experts out there, pontificating about T levels at the gym. Overall, it’s created a simplistic picture of men and their hormones. The truth is, while optimized testosterone is an essential component of any man’s well-being, it’s only one of many hormones that need to be considered in healthy aging. When men reach their late 20s and early 30s, the … Read More

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