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Men’s Health Specialist

Kenneth P. Stoller, MD

Integrative Medicine & Functional Medicine & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center located in Santa Rosa, CA

As men get older and their hormone levels begin to decline, changes in their health become more apparent — and sometimes overwhelming. As an experienced integrative medicine physician, Kenneth P. Stoller, MD, understands how confusing the side effects of the loss of testosterone can be. At his Santa Rosa, California, practice, Dr. Stoller offers on-site hormone evaluations and treats symptoms using innovative bioidentical hormone therapy. To learn more about available men’s health services, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stoller today online or by calling the office.

Men's Health

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone produced by the testicles. This hormone is vital for many functions in men’s health, including:

  • Sex drive
  • Fat distribution
  • Muscle strength
  • Sperm production
  • Red blood cell production
  • Growth of facial and body hair

Testosterone is also responsible for helping you maintain healthy bone density to reduce your risk for osteoporosis.

How does testosterone loss affect men’s health?

Men’s testosterone levels typically reach their optimum levels during early adulthood. However, as a man approaching your 30s and 40s, your body slows down the production of hormones, including testosterone.

This decline continues over the years and can begin triggering a variety of symptoms, some severe enough to interfere with your quality of life. These symptoms include:

  • Increased fat
  • Loss of strength
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Depression and anxiety

You may also find it difficult to fall asleep or to stay asleep throughout the night. If low testosterone affects your bone health, you may develop brittle bones related to osteoporosis that increases your risk for fractures.

A quick on-site blood test allows Dr. Stoller to evaluate your hormone levels to determine if your symptoms related to low testosterone or another underlying condition.

How is low testosterone treated?

To restore your testosterone levels and ease the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Stollers offers hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones. These hormones are structurally the same as the hormones your body produces naturally and are made from plant materials, like yams and soybeans.

While hormone replacement therapy isn’t right for everyone, Dr. Stoller evaluates your overall health and may prescribe bioidentical hormones to increase your testosterone levels. He offers several options for delivery, such as oral medications, topicals, or injections, and works with you closely to find just the right dosage. The goal of testosterone therapy is to ease your symptoms and restore balance to your body.

Dr. Stoller monitors the progress and success of your therapy and can make changes to the testosterone dosage as needed. You will need routine blood tests to evaluate your hormone levels while you undergo therapy.

To learn more about the benefits of bioidentical hormones for treating men’s health issues, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stoller online or by calling the office today.