When it comes to maximizing the potential benefits of testosterone therapy treatment, using bioidentical hormones as opposed to their “synthetic” counterparts is steadily increasing in popularity, and with good reason. Many health experts now consider bioidentical hormone therapy to be the most advanced and effective way to treat testosterone deficiency in males. The chemical structure of bioidentical hormones is indistinguishable from those that are created within the body, which is why they are referred to as bioidentical or “natural” hormones. While both natural and unnatural hormones can be synthetically produced in a lab, only bioidentical hormones are released into and used by the body in a way that is compatible with nature.
For that reason, bioavailable hormones might not cause the unpleasant side effects — such as testicle shrinkage, changes in mood and libido, and many other uncomfortable symptoms — that synthetic hormones might. By way of sophisticated diagnostic tests that measure hormone levels in the blood, saliva or urine, doctors can now establish the pattern of a patient’s hormonal output and formulate a specialized treatment plan using bioidentical hormones. In contrast to synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are personalized to fit each individual’s hormone levels, making them easier to absorb and metabolize by each person’s body. Aside from a number of bioidentical hormone “precursors” which indirectly increase testosterone levels, bioidentical hormones can be integrated into testosterone replacement therapy as a cream or gel. Other means of bioidentical hormone delivery include injections of testosterone “esters,” the most common of which are testosterone cypionate or testosterone enanthate.