What is Hormone Replacement Therapy

March 14, 2020

As you grow older, the amount of hormones in your body begins to drop. The drop in hormones can start as early as age 25 and the symptoms of low hormones can begin disrupting your daily life even before you turn 30.

In men, lower levels of testosterone can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Lower sex drive
  • Increased body fat
  • Lower energy levels
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Erectile dysfunction

Women can see similar symptoms when their estrogen and progesterone levels drop, including:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Hot flashes and/or night sweats
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Weight gain

Fortunately, both men and women can seek treatment to fight these symptoms and restore their energy.

How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help
For women, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy involves taking hormones in cream and pill form. These pills, taken daily, help replace the missing amounts of hormones. Bioidentical hormones are molecularly the same as the hormones created in your body and are considered natural replacements for your hormones.

For men, we recommend intramuscular injections of testosterone. These injections are time-released to help provide longer-term replacement of missing hormones. Other forms of testosterone replacement, such as applying it to the skin, are not as effective and can actually put other people at risk of absorbing testosterone.

In both men and women, continued hormone replacement therapy can boost energy, improve sex drive and stop weight gain. Combined with lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular physical activity, hormone replacement therapy can help you feel younger and more energetic.

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe?
While hormone replacement therapy has some risks, at Fountain of You, MD we customize your treatment plan to reduce these risks as much as possible. By continually re-evaluating your needs and health, we can ensure you are taking the right doses of hormones for you. We help ensure that the benefits of hormone replacement therapy outweigh any possible risks.

A healthy lifestyle also helps reduce risks of hormone replacement therapy while boosting your hormone levels. We encourage you to eat a Paleo diet and get regular moderate to vigorous exercise to boost your health and wellbeing as you age.

Get your hormone levels–and your energy–back. At Fountain of You, MD in Virginia Beach, we offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy that can help you. Contact us at 757-644-4615 to schedule your appointment today.

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