Hormones affect everyone’s body differently. From how you respond to stress to how you experience intimacy, hormones impact your daily life in many ways.
At Dr. Rogers Centers in San Antonio, TX, we offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Hormone therapy gives your body exactly what it needs to function properly — and to improve your quality of life.
What is hormone therapy? How can it rejuvenate your life? Here are the answers you’ve been looking for.
What Is Hormone Therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is designed to administer helpful levels of hormones to mature adults. In some cases, hormone therapy can help women suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) as well.
Hormone replacement addresses your hormone levels where they are currently. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are the primary hormones that control your quality of life.
Estrogen is the female sex hormone. It regulates women’s reproductive systems, including their periods and ovulation cycles.
Estrogen also plays a part in other biological functions, including these:
- Skin health
- Breast health
- Energy levels
- Body temperature
- Weight gain or loss
These are all important parts of feeling your best each day. When your estrogen becomes too high or too low, all of these functions can suffer.
Progesterone affects women’s reproductive health as well. Known as the pregnancy hormone, this important substance can impact more than just your womb. When you ovulate or become pregnant, your progesterone levels increase naturally to help prepare your uterus and protect your growing baby.
As you get older, your ovaries produce less progesterone. Lower progesterone can manifest in the following symptoms:
- Poor sleep
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Mood swings
- Irregular menstruation
As you approach menopause, you fall within the perimenopause window. This time period can bring many of these unpleasant changes to your body due to low progesterone levels.
Testosterone is the male sex hormone. Women naturally maintain lower levels of testosterone, but men need much more to live a happy, healthy life.
Low testosterone can cause the following symptoms:
- Low sex drive
- Low energy levels
- Abdominal fat gain
- Loss of muscle mass
- Poor sexual performance
- Decreased athletic performance and endurance
These symptoms can keep you from living your best life. With hormone replacement therapy, you can get your life back.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
The benefits of hormone replacement therapy are many. You can gain your energy, libido, and more back with hormone therapy.
Increased Libido and Sexual Performance
Your sex drive is important when it comes to maintaining intimacy and satisfaction within your relationship. When your sex hormones are unbalanced, your libido can suffer.
With hormone therapy, you can regain your desire for intimacy again. Some men and women experience the improved sexual performance as well.
Healthy Weight Maintenance
Unbalanced hormones can lead to irregular fat gain and muscle loss. Hormone replacement therapy can help you maintain healthy body weight by regulating the storage and metabolism of body fat.
Testosterone therapy can help you build healthy muscle mass as well.
Many people suffer from anxiety, depression, and mood swings when their hormone levels drop. As you progress with hormone therapy, you may notice that you feel more positive and emotionally stable, potentially improving your personal relationships.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Women need balanced levels of estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone to stay in optimal physical and mental health. When these levels become unbalanced due to perimenopause or other changes, it can be very uncomfortable.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy boosts your levels of the appropriate hormones to relieve your symptoms. We offer a few options for hormone replacement therapy for women.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Menopause
On average, menopause occurs between the ages of 40 and 50 in women. During menopause, your ovaries stop producing as many female sex hormones.
Without as much estrogen and progesterone, you can experience unpleasant symptoms. We can treat these deficiencies with hormone replacement therapy for menopause in San Antonio, TX.
We offer estrogen replacement therapy in several forms:
- Vaginal rings
- Oral medication
- Transdermal (skin) patches
- Dissolvable pills under the tongue (troches)
Depending on your body’s unique needs, you may be suitable for one of these estrogen replacement options.
Our progesterone replacement options include oral capsules and sublingual tablets (placed under your tongue). These can combat insomnia and other progesterone-related symptoms.
For testosterone therapy for women, we offer pellets, creams, and injections.
Perimenopause and PMS
Perimenopause and PMS share symptoms that make life more difficult. With hormone replacement therapy, we can alleviate some of these symptoms.
We offer the same treatment options that you get after menopause. However, we customize treatment plans for perimenopause and PMS patients based on lab values.
We will draw your blood at the appropriate times of your menstrual cycle to get the most accurate results. Based on these values, we can tailor your hormone therapy to your body’s needs.
Testosterone Therapy for Men
Men who are struggling with symptoms of low testosterone can take advantage of our testosterone replacement therapy in San Antonio, TX.
We offer creams, intramuscular injections, pellets, and oral medication to treat testosterone deficiencies in men. You can apply the creams to almost any part of your body and reap the benefits over time.
Just as we do with female patients, we will draw your blood to see where your current hormone levels are. We customize your treatments based on these values.