What Is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
As we age, the hormones in our body begin to decline. As a result, this can affect everything from digestion and mood to libido and bone health. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is most commonly used to treat hormonal imbalances. While HRT is often associated with the relief of menopausal symptoms, men can also benefit from hormone therapy. Here at Gulfview Medical Institute in Punta Gorda, FL, our medical team offers exclusively compounded bio-identical hormones to provide a more “natural” solution for hormone problems. Also serving the Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Port Charlotte, North Port, and Englewood areas.
What are bio-identical hormones?
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is used in men and women when hormone levels decrease drastically, resulting in a wide range of unpleasant symptoms. Bio-identical hormones are synthetic, manmade hormones created from plant estrogens. Just as the name suggests, the estrogen derived from plants is chemically identical to the estrogen produced by humans.
BHRT can be used to replace and restore estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels in both men and women. This treatment comes in many different forms, from implants and patches to creams, injections, and pills. During your consultation, we will discuss the best way to administer these bio-identical hormones based on your health and current lifestyle. Our physician will also discuss the potential side effects with you before starting treatment so you understand both the pros and cons associated with BHRT.
What are the benefits of bio-identical hormones?
HRT can be used to address a wide range of moderate to severe symptoms and problems associated with low or unbalanced hormone levels. HRT can improve,
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Muscle loss
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Sleep disturbances
- Decreased libido
- Vaginal dryness and discomfort
HRT may also prevent bone loss (e.g. osteoporosis) in menopausal and postmenopausal women. If you are experiencing symptoms of menopause that are affecting your quality of life then it might be time to consult with your doctor to find out if HRT is right for you.