Estrogen’s role in women’s health is well known. However, people often overlook the fact that men also need estrogen and that the hormone is found in most parts of the male body. The key, as with hormones in general, is striking the correct balance between estrogen and other hormones—especially testosterone. When men ask about hormone replacement therapy at our Metairie and Baton Rouge clinics, our team considers whether estrogen blockers may help.
Not all men need estrogen blockers as part of their bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, but they can help to alleviate certain symptoms associated with low testosterone levels (low T). Both natural estrogen blockers and synthetic blockers may be appropriate for patients.
Before describing how estrogen blockers can help men as part of an overall hormone replacement therapy plan, it’s important to know what they are and why certain men are good candidates for this approach.
What Does Estrogen Do for Men?
Estrogen is an important hormone for bone and vascular health in both males and females, and its role in sexual function, erectile function, sex drive, weight loss, and performance in men is becoming more well known. Estrogen levels tend to rise for men undergoing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), which may require including estrogen blockers as part of the treatment plan.
What Are Estrogen Blockers?
Estrogen blockers can be either natural plant-based products or synthetic forms of hormones. At Rejuvime Medical, the main prescription estrogen blocker we use is anastrozole (Arimidex), which prevents the conversion and breakdown of testosterone into estrogen. It may be used in coordination with TRT at Rejuvime to reduce estrogen production and as a treatment for gynecomastia.
What Symptoms Can Estrogen Blockers Help Treat?
Men with low testosterone levels may experience a wide range of symptoms. Our role at Rejuvime Medical is to pinpoint the cause of these symptoms through blood tests and then carefully calibrate a therapeutic approach that restores the optimal hormonal balance to help men feel more youthful and improve their overall quality of life.
Symptoms that men with elevated levels of estrogen may experience include gynecomastia—development of excess breast tissue—and erectile dysfunction. Again, not all men undergoing hormone replacement therapy need estrogen blockers as part of their treatment. Each therapeutic plan is customized based on the individual patient’s blood tests and symptoms.
It’s important to note these are legitimate, prescription estrogen blockers, not unregulated over-the-counter products. Estrogen modulators can play a vital role in restoring healthy estrogen levels when used as part of medically monitored hormone replacement therapy.
As a leader in hormone replacement therapy, Rejuvime Medical has developed a sophisticated, yet simple process to treat men who want to regain vigor, athletic performance, and focused thinking. That 3-step approach includes meeting with one of our nurses and having a quick blood draw for testing, discussing the results of those tests with a nurse practitioner, and then periodic appointments to monitor your progress.
Your first step to feeling and looking more youthful and vigorous is contacting our office to schedule an appointment. You can use the online form or call us at one of our locations. Call (225) 960-1580 (Baton Rouge) or (985) 520-6670 (Metairie).