hormone Optimization

Feel younger with hormone replacement therapy

Are you suffering from a hormonal imbalance or deficiency? You may benefit from hormone replacement therapy. The effects of aging are unavoidable. As you age, your body becomes more prone to wear and tear and various bodily systems become less efficient. One of these systems, the endocrine system, helps regulate essential hormones, including testosterone and estrogen.

Without the proper balance of hormones, you may suffer from various physical and mental changes, including fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle, and depression. Menopause is another major change that women go through that leads to a variety of unwanted symptoms, such as hot flashes and reduced libido.

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (HRT) provides a solution for dealing with these changes. Using hormones to help correct imbalances or increase hormone production could be the key to fighting the effects of aging. If you want to feel your best at any age, learn more about our HRT services.

What is hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy replaces the hormones that men and women naturally lose due to aging. The process is simple, non-invasive, and natural.

HRT helps replace the hormones that your body has trouble producing, alleviating the symptoms related to various hormonal disorders and signs of aging, including:

  • Thyroid disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Hypogonadism (low testosterone)
  • Menopause
  • Andropause (male menopause)
  • Growth hormone disorders

Bioidentical hormones are supplied to the body to help with these issues. As bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to the hormones produced by your body, our HRT solutions provide a natural treatment.

The hormones are delivered through various methods, including pills, skin patches, topical treatments, and pellet therapy. Pellet therapy provides a consistent release of hormones throughout the day, helping to prevent fluctuations in hormone levels.

HRT essentially counteracts the natural signs of aging. You may experience increased vitality and alertness and fewer of the symptoms connected to your hormonal issue.

Can A Hormonal Imbalance Result In the Development of Medical Conditions?

A hormonal imbalance can do more than just make you feel off. It can actually be the cause of the development of certain medical conditions. Below are some of the most significant medical conditions that can arise as a result of a hormonal imbalance.

Thyroid Disorders

While thyroid disorders can affect both men and women, women are five times more likely to develop a thyroid issue as a result of a hormonal imbalance. While the majority of people who are diagnosed with a thyroid condition are over the age of 60, most, if not all, have had a thyroid issue for many years before being diagnosed without even realizing it.

The thyroid impacts a number of everyday functions in the body including:

  • Regulating the metabolism
  • Sleep cycles
  • Appetite hormones

Leaving a thyroid condition unchecked and untreated can lead to significant health issues such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and even certain cancers. 

Reduced Sexual Interest

As people get older, their sexual interests and desires begin to decrease. While many people simply accept it as a sign of aging, that’s not always the case. A hormonal imbalance can play a significant role in a decrease in sexual interest, especially in women. Imbalances in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can cause not only sexual health issues but can affect overall sexual function as well.

How Is BHRT Different Than Other Hormone Replacement Therapies?

By far the biggest difference between bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and other hormone replacement therapies is that BHRT does not use any sort of synthetic hormones. As a result, those who underwent BHRT report greater satisfaction than with other therapies that use a synthetic hormone.

Who Should Consider Getting Hormone Therapy?

HRT is available for men and women suffering from hormonal problems. After the age of 30, you are more likely to experience symptoms related to a hormone disorder.

Men tend to produce less testosterone after the age of 30 while women may experience lower estrogen levels. These issues can lead to a wide variety of symptoms

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What Are Some Signs Of Hormonal Issues in Men?

For men, you may notice some of the following signs of a hormone deficiency:

  • Hair loss
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of libido (sex drive)
  • Loss of erections
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Inability to add muscle mass
  • Decreased metabolism/weight gain
  • Joint pain
  • Reduced physical stamina
  • Difficulty concentrating

Men tend to lose testosterone regularly after turning 40, leading to many of the symptoms listed. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy allows you to restore natural testosterone levels, leading to increased energy and vitality.

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What Are Some Signs of Hormonal Issues in Women?

For women, common signs of aging and hormonal issues include:

  • Bone density loss
  • Thinning hair
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased metabolism/weight gain
  • Loss of libido
  • Anxiety
  • Frequent night urination
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Hot flashes and menopausal symptoms

Many of these symptoms are related to the loss of estrogen associated with menopause. HRT helps reduce menopausal symptoms by providing your body with natural, bioidentical estrogen.

How long does bioidentical HRT take to work?

As it takes weeks, months, or years for your hormone levels to become out of balance, restoring the balance does not occur overnight.

We customize the treatment to match the specific needs of each patient. Every patient has unique symptoms and hormone levels.

Most patients report positive changes within two months after the first treatment. However, it may take up to six months to get your hormones back to optimal levels.

Does HRT Help With Low Testosterone?

Male hypogonadism (low testosterone) occurs when the testes do not produce normal levels of testosterone. After the age of 30, male testosterone levels start to drop by about 1% per year.

About 40% of men aged 45 and older suffer from low testosterone levels. Along with age, other factors can influence testosterone production, such as:

  • Acute or chronic illnesses
  • Medications, such as opioids
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Obesity
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Excess estrogen

A lack of testosterone leads to low sex drive, increased risk of erectile dysfunction, depression, fatigue, irritability, and loss of muscle mass. You may also notice less body hair and weight gain.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you may qualify for hormone replacement therapy. Increasing testosterone to its normal levels can help boost your libido, mental cognition, bone density, and muscle mass.

Does HRT Help With Menopause?

The replacement of female hormones to combat the symptoms of menopause is one of the most common reasons for using HRT. During menopause, estrogen levels start to decrease. A lack of estrogen places women at a higher risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, anxiety or depression.

For most women, menopause starts in the early 50s. However, it can happen in your 40s or even earlier. It is a natural biological process, but the symptoms may disrupt your lifestyle. Some of the signs of menopause include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Mood changes
  • Thinning hair
  • Weight gain
  • Slower metabolism

Many of these symptoms are connected to a reduction in estrogen production. If the symptoms are moderate or severe, hormone replacement therapy remains one of the most effective treatments.

HRT is especially beneficial for women that experience early menopause. The changes in female hormone production at an early age have more of an impact on your future health, including an increased risk of heart disease.

Are There Different HRT Treatment Options?

When it comes to hormone replacement therapy, there are many different ways that the hormones can be administered. Below are some of the different ways in which BHRT can be administered.

Creams and Gels

Topical creams and gels are administered by rubbing the cream or the gel directly into the skin where it is then absorbed into the bloodstream. You will be instructed on how much to apply, where, and how often. Creams and gels are often recommended for:

  • Women suffering from vaginal issues during menopause
  • Those who are undergoing cyclic progesterone therapy
  • Testosterone therapy in women with low libido
  • Estrogen therapy to treat menopausal symptoms

Patches

Like creams and gels, patches are applied directly to the skin to deliver a predetermined dose of hormones for a specified period of time. Once the current patch has run its course, that patch is removed and a new one is put on. Patches are ideal for anyone undergoing general estrogen therapy.

Pills

As you would with any other pill, an HRT pill is ingested via swallowing. When taking these pills it is important to follow the instructions on the label in regards to frequency, dosage, and any other things that you need to know. Pills are best used to combat thyroid disorders and are ideal for those undergoing a cycle of progesterone therapy.

Before beginning any sort of treatment, it is important to meet with your treatment professional in order to set up a treatment plan that is best for you. At Revive we will take a look at your medical history and get any and all information we think is important before deciding on a treatment option that will work best for you.

Want To Know More About Hormone Optimization?

HRT is an effective option for many patients. However, you also need to consider your medical history. If you suffer from heart problems, blood clots, stroke, or certain types of cancer, consult with your primary physician before undergoing HRT treatments.

To find out if you are a candidate for our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, contact one of our patient coordinators today. We can arrange a physical with one of our licensed medical physicians.

References 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/in-depth/hormone-therapy/art-20046372

https://www.healthgrades.com/right-care/hormone-replacement-therapy

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/181726

https://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/menopause-hormone-therapy#1

https://www.healthline.com/health/hormone-replacement-therapy-for-men#:~:text=Hormone%20therapy%20can%20be%20a,your%20doctor%20about%20safer%20alternatives.

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