As Naturopathic Doctors, we believe the best time to check your hormones is starting in your early 20’s. It would be beneficial to see your level of testosterone yearly as you watch it’s trend over time. Knowing your levels and where you feel best will allow you to target the changing patterns and address them before your levels greatly decline. The right time to check your hormones is NOW!
Testosterone Replacement Therapy in San Diego
As we age, the gradual depletion of testosterone in the body can cause physical and emotional manifestations that play a huge role on the quality of life. Loss of libido, loss of muscle mass, fatigue, increased body fat, as well as, erectile dysfunction are just a few of the side effects. The goal of testosterone replacement therapy is to optimize hormone levels where your body is able to flourish. Our team of Naturopathic doctors are dedicated to helping you find the underlying cause of low testosterone as they create the proper treatment that fits your lifestyle.
There are many approaches to increasing testosterone in the body. Our Naturopathic doctors offer testosterone therapy as injectables, topical cream/ gel, clomiphene citrate, and/or herbal supportive therapy. Depending on your case, we will advise you on how to increase your testosterone levels and offer guidance on how to improve your levels naturally.
Testosterone Therapy in San Diego can achieve:
Testosterone & Estrogen Balance In Men
As we address testosterone levels, we monitor the balance of estrogen to testosterone. Estrogen can naturally increase with increasing levels of testosterone, which can cause unwanted side effects.
We address the imbalance by modulating the enzyme
that converts estrogen and testosterone with natural aromatase inhibitors. We also offer nutritional support that can remove excess estrogen out of the body to aid in the balance of these two hormones.
Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know about Hormone Replacement Therapy:
Testosterone is a male sex hormone produced in the testes. The amount of testosterone produced is determined by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, both found in the brain. This hormone is involved in the development of sex organs before birth, as well as secondary sexual characteristics at the onset of puberty. It is also responsible for the growth of muscle mass and strength, sexual desire (libido), fertility, sperm, and fat distribution. Essentially, it is the hormone that gives men the quality of masculinity.
Testosterone deficiency is the state in which a man’s body fails to produce enough testosterone. Naturally, men’s testosterone levels decrease with age, but they can drop due to other causes. These include genetic and autoimmune disorders, damage to the testicles, infection, obesity, and drug abuse.
A man with testosterone deficiency is likely to experience the following symptoms:
Reduced muscle strength
Low semen volume
Increased body fat
Difficulty getting & maintaining an erection
Irritability and depression
Growth of ‘man boobs’
Decreased bone mass
Loss of concentration
Naturally, men start losing testosterone from the age of 30. Testosterone deficiency can be higher in men who are diabetic or obese. It is also high in men who are undergoing chemotherapy, or those suffering from inflammatory and chronic conditions. Men who abuse alcohol and illicit drugs are at a higher risk of lowering their testosterone levels.
When you come to LIVV Natural Health, we will do a series of blood tests to determine what your testosterone levels are. We will also ask questions to understand your overall health and lifestyle. This helps us identify what type of testosterone replacement therapy is ideal for you. Treatment can be in the form of testosterone injections or gels for the most severe cases. We also advise you on how to increase your t levels naturally.
Low testosterone levels can have adverse effects. One effect of testosterone deficiency is decreased bone mass. This can make you more prone to injury. Low testosterone has also been associated with a higher risk of heart disease. Additionally, while not necessarily dangerous, this condition leads to low quality of life.
Testosterone replacement therapy is a form of treatment used to boost low testosterone levels that occur as a result of age or a medical condition. It is also referred to as androgen replacement therapy. There are several methods of treatment that include testosterone injections, gels, patches, creams, testosterone underarm stick, and oral medication.
Testosterone replacement therapy can have some side effects. These may include:
Low sperm count
Increased urination frequency
Increased risk of blood clots
There are various approaches to testosterone replacement therapy, and each is absorbed differently into the body. Topical creams that are applied directly on the skin give positive results within two weeks to a month. Testosterone injections have to be administered periodically, such as every 2-4 weeks, with levels being monitored every three months. Natural methods of increasing testosterone may take longer, depending on one’s health and lifestyle.
Some of the benefits you can expect from testosterone replacement therapy include:
An improvement in erectile dysfunction symptoms
More energy and better moods
Increased sperm count
Increase in muscle mass and bone density
Reduced body fat
To boost your t-levels naturally, you should do the following:
Get enough sleep
Eat a healthy balanced diet
Exercise regularly and lift weights
Maintain a healthy weight
Take vitamin D, zinc and magnesium supplements
Minimize your stress levels
Hypogonadism is the same as testosterone deficiency and occurs when little or no sex hormones (testosterone) are produced. In men, the sex glands (gonads) responsible for producing testosterone are the testes. There are two types of hypogonadism. Primary hypogonadism occurs when the gonads are unable to produce testosterone. Secondary hypogonadism occurs when the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, both located in the brain, do not function properly.
Yes. If you get a hypogonadism diagnosis, several treatment methods can be employed. In most cases, testosterone replacement therapy is the primary hypogonadism treatment method used. If you are suffering from secondary hypogonadism, treatment may involve surgery or radiation if it is as a result of a tumor in the pituitary gland.
Erectile dysfunction, sometimes known to as impotence, refers to a man’s inability to get and maintain an erection during sexual activity. Occasionally, men might have trouble getting and keeping an erection as a result of stress or illness. When this situation persists, however, it should be a cause for worry as there might be an underlying health problem.
Signs of erectile dysfunction include:
Difficulty getting and maintaining an erection
Inability to achieve orgasm
A variety of factors can cause erectile dysfunction. These include:
Endocrine diseases such as diabetes
Neurological conditions and nerve disorders
Certain prescription drugs
Lifestyle factors such as obesity
Emotional disorders like depression and anxiety
Erectile dysfunction can be reversed, and this becomes easier when its cause is understood. Some methods that can be used to correct this situation include medication, surgery, use of pumps, better nutrition and exercise, and emotional support to deal with anxiety and depression. At LIVV Natura Health, we will have an in-depth consultation with you to dig into the root cause of the problem before we can offer a solution.
The growth hormone or the human growth hormone (HGH) is the hormone responsible for growth, cell reproduction, and repair. Produced in the pituitary gland, it also regulates fat metabolism and muscle growth, just like testosterone, HGH levels in the body decrease with age.
HGH can be safe when used under medical prescription to cure various conditions. These include short bowel syndrome, deficiency due to tumors in the pituitary gland, and some forms of muscle wasting diseases. Medical HGH is often misused by people looking to increase muscle mass, slow down the effects of aging, and to reduce body fat. The FDA has not approved it for these uses. Nevertheless, there are natural supplements that can enhance your body’s production of HGH naturally and safely.
The body requires optimal HGH levels to perform various functions effectively. Some ways in which you can boost your HGH levels naturally include:
Try intermittent fasting
Shed excess body fat
Reduce sugar intake
Do high-intensity exercise
Supplement amino acids like Creatine, L-dopa and Glutamine
Get enough quality sleep