As we get older our bodies are also changing. Hormones that were once raging during our teen years have begun to taper off as we reach middle age. Of course, with that sudden dip in testosterone, estrogen and progesterone come their own set of issues.
Menopause (when the body stops producing estrogen and progesterone) causes women in their 40s and 50s to experience a variety of symptoms including hot flashes, sleep disturbances, weight gain, decreased libido, night sweats, headaches, mood swings and vaginal dryness. But remember that you don’t have to suffer through these problems when you have treatment options that can help ease your symptoms.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one of the most effective treatment options for tackling these common menopausal symptoms. Estrogen can be administered in different ways, from simply taking a pill to wearing an estrogen patch to topical and vaginal options. In some cases, both estrogen and progesterone are administered together (this is known as combination therapy).
While HRT can be a great source of relief from menopausal symptoms it isn’t right for everyone. You’ll want to talk to our family physicians if you have a history of cancer, heart disease, heart attack or stroke, blood clots or if you are currently pregnant and are considering getting hormone replacement therapy.
Of course, hormone replacement isn’t just for women. In fact, many men turn to hormone therapy to help increase depleting testosterone levels. Here at Express Family Clinic, we offer many ways in which to replace the hormones your body needs to improve how you feel and how your body functions.
If you are a male who is experiencing a loss of sex drive, a lack of energy and/or persistent mood swings then you might be dealing with low testosterone levels. If tests prove that you have low testosterone levels there are several ways in which to increase your levels. Testosterone can be administered orally, transdermally, topically, through injections, and even by placing testosterone-releasing implants under the skin (known as pellets).
Interested in Hormone Replacement from Express Family Clinic?
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