Both women and men experience a gradual loss of hormones as they age, and as a result, many are seeking relief from the serious symptoms of hormone imbalance via hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If you’re in Anthem, Henderson, Nevada, let the health care professionals at Nevada Family Care & Wellness Center go over the life-altering benefits of HRT for both your body and your mind. Give the practice a call or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment today.
In women, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) helps balance estrogen and progesterone levels around the time of menopause. HRT increases your body's natural hormone levels, either through estrogen therapy (ET) for women who have had a hysterectomy (or surgical menopause) or as estrogen with progesterone therapy (EPT) for women who experience menopause naturally at midlife.
Treatments involving estrogen and estrogen/progesterone are available in various forms, including as a pill, a patch, or as a vaginal cream or ring.
When women reach the natural age for menopause to set in (between roughly 50 and 60 years old) the natural amount of estrogen and progesterone produced in the ovaries drops dramatically. In turn, women often experience:
A loss of estrogen can also heighten the likelihood of osteoporosis. Therefore, HRT not only alleviates many of the symptoms associated with menopause, but it also helps women of a certain age guard against osteoporosis.
Women with a family history of osteoporosis, or those experiencing severe menopausal symptoms, should consider HRT. Women who have had breast cancer, liver disease, heart disease, a history of blood clots, or are not experiencing severe menopausal symptoms should not receive HRT.
For women undergoing menopause naturally, taking estrogen alone can increase the risk of developing cancer of the endometrium, or lining of the uterus. When progesterone is added to the hormone replacement therapy, the risk of endometrial cancer is significantly lessened.
Men experience a gradual loss of hormones, mainly testosterone, as they age. As such, some men with unnaturally low levels of testosterone can benefit hugely from hormone replacement therapy.
Known colloquially as "male menopause," andropause can make daily life in men of a certain age feel less vibrant than during their younger years; hormone replacement therapy combats this feeling.
There are myriad benefits to men receiving HRT, including
Testosterone supplements can also increase your energy, red blood cell production, and sperm production.
Because testosterone levels typically decrease roughly 1% per year after age 30, HRT can help men of a certain age combat the effects of time and bodily changes. It’s important to determine, however, whether low testosterone levels are due to aging or to the disease hypogonadism.
Hypogonadism occurs when the body is unable to produce normal amounts of testosterone due to a problem with the testicles or with the pituitary gland, which controls the testicles.
Testosterone replacement therapy can improve the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in men who are aging normally and looking for combative measures, or for those diagnosed with hypogonadism.
Men receiving HRT may receive their testosterone as injections, pellets, patches, or gels.
If you’re thinking about whether testosterone therapy might be right for you, talk with the healthcare professionals at Nevada Family Care & Wellness Center; they will measure your testosterone levels before discussing whether testosterone therapy is an option for you.
To stay on top of your health in your later-life stages, call Nevada Family Care & Wellness Center to learn more about hormone replacement therapy. You can also use the online scheduler to book your appointment.