Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a medical treatment that helps replace hormones that may be missing or out of balance due to age, medical conditions, or other factors. This therapy is available for both men and women and can be used to relieve symptoms related to menopause, andropause, and other hormone imbalances. At our medical office, we offer HRT through a personalized consultation with our expert physicians, who will develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. Our team is here to provide the highest standard of care and ensure you receive the best possible results.
Our providers don’t just balance your hormones, they balance your whole body.
They will listen to your health concerns and reviews your comprehensive medical history to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs to help you restore your hormones to optimal levels.
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Hormonal imbalance stems from your body making too little or too much of a hormone or a series of hormones. There are many hormones, such as insulin or adrenaline, that everyone shares, but specific hormones can affect men and women in different ways. For example, women may see an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone levels, while men may experience an imbalance in testosterone.
You have or will likely experience a hormonal imbalance at some point in your life, especially if you have an endocrine disorder. Age and lifestyle are factors, too. The symptoms of hormonal imbalance can vary widely, as each hormone is uniquely responsible for its role.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalances
Traditional Hormone Therapy vs. Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Traditional hormone therapy, sometimes referred to as “synthetic,” is FDA-approved and most commonly prescribed for hormone replacement. Bioidentical hormones are compounded at special pharmacies. There is good evidence that women can find relief from symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances without the risks that come along with synthetic hormones.
Compounded hormones provide patients with an individualized experience that stems from customizing the strength, but also the delivery method. Physicians and pharmacists have the ability to combine hormones into a single dosage form through compounding.
Bioidentical hormones have the exact molecular structure as natural human hormones and function the same. BHRT can be used to balance hormones that affect menopause and andropause symptoms, enabling men and women to reclaim their health and realize their optimal lifestyle.
BHRT can help many people as they age and experience a drop in hormone levels. Age-related changes in hormone levels can cause problems that range from wellness issues to serious medical conditions. BHRT therapy can also be useful for younger patients who have any of the conditions listed above. No matter what age you are, if you suffer from a hormone imbalance, hormone replacement therapy may help.
However, BHRT isn’t right for everyone. Not everyone will develop symptoms as they age. If you don’t, there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken! Also, the potential risks and side-effects can vary from individual to individual, based on a patient’s medical history and lifestyle. You should always consult carefully with your doctor about your current hormone levels and the potential pros and cons of hormone replacement for you. Make sure your doctor knows if you:
Think you may be pregnant
Are experiencing vaginal bleeding
Have/had certain types of cancer such as breast, uterine, or endometrial
Had a stroke or heart attack
Have/had blood clots
Have/had liver disease
If you have any of these risk factors, we may want to consider a different solution for you.
In men, BHRT is most used to treat the symptoms of andropause, an age-related decline in male hormone levels called testosterone deficiency. Although it has been compared to menopause in women, the decrease in hormones and onset of symptoms during andropause in men is slower and subtler than it is in women. However, low testosterone levels can occur for many reasons at any age, even as early as the teenage years.
In women, BHRT is most used to treat the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. However, hormone imbalances can occur at any age, even in women as young as in their 20s. Bioidentical hormones, which are derived from plant estrogens, have the same molecular structure and act the same as natural human hormones. The most common hormones used in BHRT for women are estrogens (estradiol (E2) and estriol (E3)), progesterone. testosterone, pregnenolone, and/or DHEA.