During the early teenage years, both men and women see an increase in their hormone production. Once individuals hit their late 30’s, this hormone production starts to drop off. The effects of these changes in hormone production on a person’s life can be drastic. For some women, a reduction in hormone production means that they start experiencing symptoms of menopause years earlier than other women. Men will also start to experience drastic changes in their physical appearance, energy levels, and libido as a result of a decrease in testosterone. For those suffering from the negative impacts that decreased hormone levels can bring, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can provide much-needed relief.
Some of the symptoms that men and women may see as a result of fluctuations in their hormone levels include the following:
- An increased amount of fat around the midsection
- A decrease in sexual desire
- Loss of muscle mass, particularly in men
The hormone replacement therapy provided by our doctors involves the use of bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are exact replicas of the hormones that are created naturally in the body. Bio-identical and synthetic hormones differ in the sense that the former are designed to exactly match the hormones naturally produced in your body, while the latter do not.
The hormones we will provide for you will vary depending on what your body needs. The therapy can include things like estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone. The only way to know for sure if hormone replacement therapy is right for you is to have specific laboratory testing. There are precise tests that we will perform to determine where your hormone levels are and any imbalance that you might have. Some of the above-mentioned symptoms might be a sign of a hormone imbalance, but it is impossible to say for sure that this is a problem without first performing the appropriate tests.
Most people who genuinely need hormone therapy start to feel better within a few months of starting the program. Some people may need a little bit longer in order to get the full results of the hormone replacement. However, just as each patient is different, the experience that each patient has will vary.
The effects of hormone replacement therapy are enhanced by living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Just as it took time for your body to lose its hormone balance, it will also take time for that balance to recover. Once that balance is restored, you can reclaim your quality of life.
If you think bio-identical hormone replacement therapy could be right for you, visit the trusted medical professionals at Principled Healthcare Solutions in Hamilton. We will be happy to help you learn how this treatment can help you. To get started, contact us today and schedule your consultation.