When your hormones are out of balance, your body isn’t able to function at its best. This is true for both men and women. Sometimes, hormone levels change because of aging, like when women go through menopause. Other times, there could be an underlying health condition. For example, your thyroid gland could be underactive.
Types of hormone therapy
The type of hormone therapy you need depends on your age, symptoms, health history, and whether you’re male or female. For example, if you’re a woman going through menopause, but you’re overweight or have a history of blood clots, the oral (pill) form of hormone replacement therapy may be too dangerous for you to use.
At Dr. Rogers Centers, we offer a variety of hormone therapies delivered in different ways: pellets, injections, and creams.
Hormone therapy for women
Estrogen and progesterone decline as women get older and approach menopause. Many women have symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats that negatively affect their quality of life for a year or more. Hormone therapy is a great way to relieve these symptoms and help ease the transition through menopause.
Hormone therapy for men
Testosterone levels normally decrease as a man ages, but the jury is out on whether it needs to be replaced or not. Most men don’t even have symptoms. But, if you’re a man with unnaturally low levels of testosterone, no matter what your age, hormone replacement therapy can help. Talk to us about your concerns to see if it’s right for you.
When determining the best treatment option for men and women, all benefits are weighed against the risks. We recommend taking the least amount of medication for the shortest amount of time to stay healthy for the long-term.
5 reasons why you may benefit from hormone therapy
During treatment, women receive estrogen or a combination of estrogen and progesterone, while men receive testosterone. These are all sex hormones important for the proper functioning of our reproductive systems, but they can also greatly affect your quality of life.
How can hormone therapy benefit you? Just imagine a life with:
- Better sleep and less daytime fatigue
- Weight loss and/or less excess water retention
- Less brain fog and the ability to focus and think clearly
- Fewer embarrassing hot flashes and night sweats (for women)
- A renewed interest in sex
Hormone therapy can also help women with vaginal dryness, irritability, and painful intercourse. Our providers are also primary care physicians, so we can diagnose other types of hormone issues, like an underactive or overactive thyroid, and help develop a personalized treatment plan for you.
The first step to feeling better is to come in for an appointment so we can determine what symptoms you have and how to ease them so you can feel like yourself again.
If you’re a woman who’s frustrated with menopause symptoms or a man living with low testosterone, call us or make an appointment online for a consultation with our hormone specialist today. We’re here to help you get the relief and care you need.