Hormones are responsible for beginning and ending many biological processes. They are a particular kind of molecule called a signaling molecule produced within the body to regulate physiology. All hormones play different and complex roles within the body. The major categories include sex hormones, immune hormones, sleep hormones, stress hormones, growth hormones, cardiac hormones and digestive hormones. Sex hormones include testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. Sleep hormones include the pineal gland. Adrenals produce stress hormones, the pancreas, hypothalamus and parathyroid impact hunger and digestion while the thymus affects the immune system. This is not a complete or comprehensive list of hormones and their functions but can help provide some context for men who may be in need of hormone therapy.
Hormones are made by glands in the body. The main ones are the hypothalamus, the thyroid, the thymus, the pancreas, the adrenals, the pituitary gland, the pineal gland, the ovaries and the testes. There are other glands as well.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses plant derived hormones. These are chemically identical to the hormones found within the human body.
Effective BHRT provides men with the exact amount of quality hormones they are missing. Testing proves the levels of hormones needed and is an important part of accurate hormonal supplementation.