Testosterone supplementation to the extreme has given testosterone replacement therapy unfavorable press. Virtually all of the problems surrounding testosterone therapy are non-existent for the average individual, especially when using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at physiological levels. Here are common myths surrounding testosterone replacement therapy:
Myth One: Men need an estrogen blocker when taking testosterone replacement therapy.
Male bodies naturally convert some testosterone into estradiol. At proper levels this is beneficial. In men, estradiol:
- Improves mood
- Improves healing
- Increases fat burning
- Reduces diabetes
- Reduces Alzheimer’s Disease
- Reduces risk of prostate cancer
- Improves sexual response
Estrogen conversion problems only occur when practitioners use synthetic testosterone drugs or excessively large amounts of bioidentical testosterone. This results in high amounts of estrogen which could lead to bloating, water retention and (in rare cases) gynecomastia.
Myth Two: Testosterone replacement therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer.
No medical research shows testosterone replacement therapy increases the risk of prostate cancer. On the contrary, new research shows testosterone therapy actually REDUCES the risk of prostate cancer. In fact, medical trials have shown higher doses of testosterone replacement therapy actually reverses prostate cancer.
Myth Three: All men will go bald with testosterone replacement therapy.
Men’s hair follicles on the top of the head can be genetically sensitive to DHT (the active form of testosterone). These men will experience loss of hair despite testosterone replacement therapy. However, testosterone replacement therapy may accelerate the rate of this hair loss in men who are DHT sensitive. Although it is possible to block the formation of DHT with various drugs, Freedom Healthcare does not suggest this treatment. This blocking treatment negates the short-term (or “feel-good”) and long-term health benefits of testosterone replacement therapy.
There are treatments which can slow down the rate of hair loss such as Rogaine and PRP scalp treatments. PRP scalp treatments are platelets with a high concentration from a patient’s own blood sample which practitioners inject into the scalp. This PRP scalp treatment stimulates rejuvenation of the hair follicles. A permanent solution for male pattern baldness is hair transplant surgery. This surgery distributes hair follicles over the entire scalp which do not contribute to male pattern baldness.