Why Men Don’t Need to Worry About the Side Effects of Estrogen Treatment
The side effects of estrogen are really not something you should be worrying about, and I’ll tell you why.
But first, let’s talk a little about why you might be receiving estrogen in the first place, especially if you think low testosterone is your problem.
While the majority of men who come into our clinic come in for testosterone replacement therapy, we often find that testosterone is not the only hormone they need.
Hormone replacement therapy is about achieving balance, and increasing one hormone may set the other hormones scrambling. Our goal is to help your body achieve a natural equilibrium with respect to your hormones.
Testosterone isn’t the only hormone you have, and it’s not the only one that can cause you problems.
In fact, it’s quite common for men to have low estrogen (estradiol) as well. If you’ve done your research, you may have learned that you’ll need estrogen, and that may be why you’re concerned about the side effects of estrogen on your body.
What this means practically is that, in addition to prescribing testosterone treatment, we also prescribe some form of estrogen, usually in the form of a gel or a cream. Unlike testosterone, we want estrogen to be bioidentical to ensure it works properly.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men Rarely Leads to an Estrogen Level That Would Cause Significant Side Effects
However, there’s a common perception in the minds of many men that adding estrogen into their hormone replacement therapy mix will cause harm, that the side effects of estrogen will be so debilitating that, well, to put it bluntly, that they won’t be men anymore.
This is an understandable concern. After all, estrogen is known as the “female hormone.” Just as women are often concerned that taking testosterone will cause them to become less feminine, men are often concerned that taking estrogen will make them less masculine.
Technically, they’re not wrong. If you give a man enough estrogen or a woman enough testosterone (along with a plethora of other drugs), you can eventually change many of their secondary sexual characteristics.
But that’s not what hormone replacement therapy is about. Hormone replacement therapy is quite different from sex change therapy.
The Side Effects of Estrogen Don’t Really Pose a Huge Threat Because We Can Easily Adjust Your Dose (and Your Body Will React Quickly)
And here’s the best part — we have full control over the side effects of estrogen in your body. Because both male and female bodies naturally contain both testosterone and estrogen, just in different amounts, your body tolerates the “opposite” hormone rather well.
And if you don’t tolerate the hormone well, we can easily reduce it. Because we don’t implant or use hormone pellets (which can last up to six months) and instead use injections for testosterone and topicals for estrogen (which last no more than a week for each dose), we can easily titrate the dose to one your body tolerates more effectively.
And your body will react quickly, often in a matter of weeks or a handful of months.
Too much estrogen can still be a problem, and it could be partly exacerbating your already-low testosterone. If you’re overweight or out of shape, your body’s excess fat can act as an estrogen producing organ.
It’s equally possible that you’re not just suffering from low testosterone, and that instead your body is exhibiting symptoms because you don’t have enough estrogen in addition to not having enough testosterone.
Don’t Worry About the Side Effects of Estrogen — Worry About Achieving Hormonal Balance in Your Body
Hormone replacement therapy is about achieving balance, which is why you need a qualified hormone replacement therapy specialist to help you get your body where it needs to be.
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