Hormone Replacement Therapies in Chandler, AZ
HRT Treatments for Hormonal Imbalance
HRT For Men & Women – Feel Better. Live Better.
The importance of hormone health.
"The role of our hormones and their level is crucial for our wellbeing and overall health, and HRT is a simple and effective way to optimal health.
As we age, one of the key changes in our bodies is a decrease in hormone production, which can affect many other parts of our overall wellbeing, including emotional, mental, and physical health. This affects both men and women. Hormone replacement therapies, also referred to as HRT and hormone imbalance treatments, supplement the hormones in our body returning them to normal levels, and bringing “balance” back to our overall health and wellness."
Hormone Replacement Therapies for Women
Your doctor may prescribe hormone replacement therapy to help manage the symptoms of menopause. Starting with pre-menopause (perimenopause), a decade – or more – can pass before the menopause cycle ends.
Hormone therapy won’t “cure” menopause, because there’s nothing to cure. Menopause is simply the biological process that marks the end of menstruation. However, HRT can help alleviate the symptoms of menopause, which may include:
There are two main types of HRT for women:
Your healthcare provider may also prescribe a testosterone supplement to help improve libido. And, as it does in men, testosterone also plays a role in women’s mental health and helps strengthen bones.
Hormone Replacement Therapies for Men
While men don’t go through menopause, they do experience age-related hormone changes, especially reduced testosterone production. When the imbalance is great enough, it’s known as andropause.
The same way women’s bodies produce testosterone, men’s bodies produce estrogen. But unlike their testosterone levels, which decrease with age, men’s estrogen levels usually increase.
Physical symptoms of a hormonal imbalance in men may include:
Testosterone replacement therapy may be prescribed to help alleviate the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. The most common delivery methods are intramuscular testosterone injections, topical gels or creams, and hormone pellet therapy.
Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQ
What are the signs you need hormone replacement therapy?
Signs you might need HRT if you're a woman include:
- Hot flashes, night sweats, and other temperature-related sensitivities
- Vaginal dryness and/or discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Bone loss
- Low libido
- Irritability, depression, and other mood changes
- Sleep issues
Men share some of these symptoms, but also have a few unique issues that may indicate they're low on testosterone. These include:
- Fatigue, low energy
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain, loss of muscle mass
- Changes to hair and skin (dryer and/or thinner)
- Anxiety, depression, and other mood changes
What does hormone replacement therapy do?
For example, if you're going through menopause, HRT helps alleviate hot flashes, improve sex drive, and stabilize mood. Testosterone replacement therapy also helps with mood and sex drive. HRT can also help reduce some of the common signs of aging, like weight gain, bone and muscle loss, and changes to your skin and hair.
When should you start hormone replacement therapy?
It's important to pay attention to your body. If you feel like you never get enough rest, have noticed you're more irritable or depressed (without a known cause), or are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, you might want to schedule an appointment for a blood test to check your hormone levels.
Do you gain weight from hormone replacement therapy?
Weight gain and fat redistribution are common signs of hormonal deficiency – particularly as regards estrogen and testosterone. One of the benefits of HRT is it can help redistribute body fat.
What are the negative effects of hormone replacement therapy?
Possible side effects include:
- Breast tenderness
- Changes in menstrual flow, including spotting and bleeding between periods
- Changes in sex drive
- Fluid retention that may cause bloating or swelling of the extremities (hands, feet, and lower legs)
- Upset stomach, vomiting, cramps, or bloating
- Weight and appetite changes
Most minor side effects recede within a few weeks. But there are potential side effects that are more serious. If you experience any of these, call your healthcare provider immediately:
- Dark urine or light-colored stool
- Discoloration of the skin or eyes (e.g., rashes or yellowing)
- Extreme fatigue or weakness
- Lost appetite
- Severe abdominal pain
- Severe depression
- Unusual bleeding
- Vision problems
It is very important to share your full medical history with your healthcare provider, including any prescription or over-the-counter medications, supplements, or vitamins you take. Follow your provider's instructions exactly for best results.
Will HRT help me lose weight?
Will HRT make me look younger?
With HRT, you may notice improvements to your skin in the form of reduced fine lines. It also promotes hair growth, and thinning hair is something that strikes both sexes as they age.
Will HRT help me sleep?
Reasons vary, but researchers point to:
- Reduced hot flashes and night sweats, making sleep easier
- Improved mood, depression, and anxiety, which also makes it easier to fall asleep
Again, hormones dictate most of your body's processes and functions – including sleep. It's not surprising that people living with an imbalance experience insomnia and other sleep issues – or that remedying that imbalance alleviates those problems.
Will HRT improve skin and hair?
Estrogen and testosterone may also increase hair growth in both men and women.
What is the oldest age to take HRT?
Is it too late to take HRT at 60?
Is hormone replacement therapy the same as testosterone therapy?
Is testosterone a hormone replacement therapy?
What is the difference between growth hormone and testosterone?
As the name implies, growth hormone stimulates the growth of all tissues in your body. It is produced by the pituitary gland and distributed throughout the body by the blood. In adulthood, it helps build muscle and bone density, as well as playing a role in fat distribution. Low GH, for example, may contribute to the "spare tire" many men complain of as they age.
Testosterone is the main hormone that produces what we think of as "masculine" characteristics: facial hair, muscle mass, strength, and fat distribution. Produced by the testicles in men and ovaries in women, testosterone also helps regulate sex drive.
When should you get testosterone therapy?
Most men prescribed testosterone HRT begin around the age of 50, which is when testosterone levels tend to dip. However, some men never produce a healthy level of testosterone, resulting in mood disorders, sexual dysfunction, and more. They may be prescribed hormone replacement therapy at whatever age this deficiency is diagnosed.
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