Do You Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?


Do You Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?

As we age, both men and women begin to have lower levels of hormones that affect different aspects of their health. Women may have lower levels of estrogen and progesterone, while men have lower levels of testosterone.

Hormone replacement therapy can help rebalance hormones and help you feel younger again. You might benefit from hormone placement if:

You Have Symptoms of Low Hormone Levels

As hormone levels drop, both men and women may begin experiencing health problems. Common symptoms of low hormones are:

  • Lack of sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Pain during sex or trouble with sexual performance
  • Disturbed sleep

These symptoms can have far-reaching impacts on your mental health, your heart health and even your bone and muscle health.
Men might have additional symptoms, such as:

  • Thinning hair
  • Loss of endurance or strength
  • Depression
  • Trouble recovering from injuries

Women may also have different symptoms such as:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood problems

If you are experiencing multiple symptoms of low hormone levels and these symptoms are affecting your quality of life, you should speak to your doctor about hormone replacement therapy.

You Are Aging
Even men and women as young as in their 30s may begin experiencing low hormone levels. Women typically see large drops when they are approaching menopause in their 40s, but men can see drops at any time.

For women, hormone replacement therapy is safest and most effective when started before age 60 or within 10 years of menopause. The average onset of menopause is age 51, so many women will benefit then or even a few years earlier.

You Need Help Preventing Health Problems

Women may be at increased risk of bone loss after menopause. If you are a woman with a family history of osteoporosis, hormone replacement therapy can help prevent fractures that could limit your independence.

You Are Otherwise Healthy
Hormone replacement therapy may increase your risk of heart problems or stroke. That’s why you need to stay active and eat well to keep your heart healthy. Your doctor may not recommend hormone replacement therapy if you have a significant family history of heart problems.

Fortunately, your doctor can adjust your hormone dose and how you receive hormones to improve the safety of your treatment.

At Fountain of You, MD in Virginia Beach, we can help you safely and effectively feel younger and more energetic. We can help you improve your health and quality of life so you feel great as the years go by. Contact us at 757-644-4615 to learn more about hormone replacement therapy and schedule your appointment today.

Microneedling – Before and After

Everyone has imperfections in their skin-scarring, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, or even just an odd texture. While you can try to use make-up to temporarily cover these problems, you’ll need a better treatment to see long-term changes in your skin’s appearance.

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a safe and effective cosmetic treatment that may help you see more beautiful, smoother skin. This non-invasive treatment should be performed by an experienced, licensed aesthetician in a medical setting. Microneedling is extremely popular due to minimal downtime with amazing results.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is used to target and treat

  • Scars (from acne or injury)
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Age spots, also known as sun spots
  • Large pores
  • Sun damage
  • Stretch marks
  • Uneven texture
  • Loss of skin elasticity

The Microneedling procedure

Prior to the microneedling procedure, a topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment areas for 45-60 minutes. The anesthetic is removed, followed by gentle cleansing of the skin.

The microneedling device is adjusted to the necessary depth for your skin concerns. Platelet-rich plasma or a topical hyaluronic acid serum is then applied to the treatment areas. Using mild pressure, the tool is applied to the skin in linear, perpendicular movements. These movements are repeated until the entire surface area has been treated.

After Microneedling

Immediately following the procedure, the skin appears more plump and radiant due to the skin’s natural healing process. For a few days after microneedling, you may notice slight irritation and redness of the treated areas

New tissue is quickly rejuvenated and results from microneedling is noticed in as little as two weeks.

Microneedling Results

For optimal results, a series of three microneedling treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is recommended. If you have severe scarring, you may benefit from additional sessions. While you can start seeing results within just a few days, you are likely to see your best results after about three weeks. Your body needs that time to heal and produce more collagen. You can even boost your results and healing by combining microneedling with platelet-rich plasma therapy or radiofrequency technology.

After your final results, you should see smoother skin with a more even texture and color. You should see fewer scars and wrinkles. You should feel more beautiful and youthful-looking.

At Fountain of You, MD in Virginia Beach, our licensed master esthetician has years of experience helping you achieve more beautiful skin with many different techniques, including microneedling. She can help you enjoy more beautiful, smoother skin in just a few appointments. Contact us at 757-644-4615 to schedule your appointment today.

5 Ways to Deal with ED

Millions of men of all ages experience erectile dysfunction. It can be linked to aging, weight gain and existing health conditions such as heart disease.

Fortunately, you can use a number of effective treatments to cure ED and get back to your normal sex life. You can choose the treatment that is right for you and your health.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Low testosterone is also a common cause of erectile dysfunction. Testosterone levels naturally drop as you age, affecting everything from your weight and energy level to your sexual performance.

Penile Injection Therapy

Intracavernous injection therapy, also known as penile injection therapy, is one of the most effective therapeutic options for several different types of ED.

A predetermined amount of medication is self-administered at home, with results in about 20 minutes. The medication works by widening the blood vessels and relaxing the muscle.

Acoustic Shock Wave Therapy

One of the major causes of ED is blocked blood vessels in the penis. Plaque can build up on the walls of blood vessels, preventing blood from entering the penis. Plaque may be more common in older men, men with high blood pressure or cholesterol or men with heart disease.

Acoustic shock wave therapy is a non-invasive treatment to break down plaque and clear blood vessels. It is a painless procedure using low-intensity sound waves to encourage blood vessel growth and improve blood flow naturally. Some men may prefer this method as it doesn’t require you to plan ahead the way oral medication does. It naturally improves your sexual performance long-term.

PRP Therapy
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses the injection of your own plasma into the penis. Platelet-rich plasma contains high levels of your body’s natural healing and regenerative cells. These cells may help repair blood vessel and tissue damage in the penis that is causing ED. It may be more effective for people experiencing Peyronie’s disease.

Oral Medication
The most common and most effective treatment for ED is an oral medication. These prescription medicines help improve blood flow and stop erectile dysfunction. These medicines are very effective for men of all ages, though they may not work for everyone.

You must take oral medication at least 1 hour before sexual activity for it to be effective. This may be one downside of oral medication.

At Fountain of You MD in Virginia Beach, we offer personalized care for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. We work with you to find the most effective solution for you and have a 96% success rate in curing ED. Contact us at 757-644-4615 to schedule your appointment today.

Reversing Female Sexual Dysfunction

Hormones play a pivotal role in your health and sexual functions throughout your life. Female hormones, like Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone naturally fluctuate over the years. As the body ages, these levels drop and can cause unexpected changes to your sexual health.

Symptoms of Female Sexual Dysfunction

Women with hormonal imbalance, especially those going through menopause, may experience distracting symptoms of low hormones and sexual dysfunction such as:

Dermaplaning is especially beneficial for people who have:

  • Low libido (sex drive)
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Low energy
  • Pain during sex
  • Mood changes
  • Poor sleep
  • Difficulty reaching an orgasm

You don’t have to live with these troubling symptoms. There are treatments and solutions to help you feel better and restore your sexual function.

Treatments for Female Sexual Dysfunction

You have a number of options to improve your health and wellbeing when hormone levels are low. One of the most popular and effective treatments is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Hormone replacement therapy is a strategic treatment that can help manage a number of health issues. Replenishing hormone levels is vital in restoring energy and vigor, as well as optimizing the aging process.

Symptoms of low hormones and sexual dysfunction can be reversed with bioidentical hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormones have been heavily studied and are safer than synthetic hormones.

The correct dose can get rid of unwanted symptoms while also improving your health and wellbeing. By working closely with your prescribing physician and by taking the right dosage for you, the side effects of hormone replacement therapy can be minimal.

You can also reverse some symptoms of sexual dysfunction with other methods. You can adopt lifestyle changes that support good overall health and wellbeing, including:

  • Regular, physical exercise
  • Limiting stress
  • Avoiding spicy foods
  • Not smoking
  • A healthy, nutritious diet
  • Maintaining regular sleeping habits

These changes can help bioidentical hormone replacement therapy work better to balance your hormones and boost your energy levels.

Finally, if you are having trouble sleeping at night due to night sweats or other problems, you need to create a great environment for sleep. You should keep your bedroom cool, dark, quiet and free of screens. Your bedroom should be for sleep and sex only. Use cotton or linen sheets and wear light cotton clothing to help keep you cool. A great night of sleep can do wonders for your mood and energy.

If you are experiencing sexual dysfunction, there is hope to get back your sex drive and your sex life. At Fountain of You, MD in Virginia Beach, we provide safe, effective bioidentical hormone replacement therapy that is customized to your health, your body, and your goals. Contact us at 757-644-4615 to schedule your appointment today.

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