Contrary to popular belief, both men and women can benefit from hormone replacement therapy. With age, men and women will go through a variety of different hormonal changes. Due to these changes, many people will feel negative effects and even types of pain that hinder their quality of life. At Doctors Studio, we offer various treatment methods and techniques to help patients receive the treatment to achieve hormonal balance.
Hormone Replacement for Women
Hormone replacement for women can help to relieve the symptoms of menopause since the condition causes a decrease in estrogen levels. However, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does come with a few risks that patients need to know about beforehand. First and foremost, it is important to understand the symptoms of menopause.
The symptoms of menopause can occur in a woman’s 40s or 50s and includes:
- Irregularity in one’s periods
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Sudden mood changes
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Decrease in fullness of the breasts
- Significant thinning of the hair and dry skin
While menopause is a common part of aging for women, each women is unique and will experience different symptoms. It is important to maintain regular appointments with your doctor in order to identify these changes and seek treatment. While common, there is no need to suffer from these symptoms and not seek a solution.
While the treatment options for HRT can include some risks, we will review a patient’s medical history and current condition in order to determine if this treatment is the right treatment for them. If a woman goes through a hysterectomy, we may recommend estrogen therapy. With estrogen therapy, a woman patient will receive extra amounts of estrogen through a pill, patch or topical cream. Side effects of treatment can include:
- Mood changes
- Vaginal bleeding
- Swelling or tenderness of the breasts
We will measure out a dose that matches the patient’s needs and can change the amount over time, as necessary. In some cases, a woman who has vaginal dryness may benefit from a vaginal rejuvenation instead of other options. Thus, it is important to schedule an appointment with us and determine what is right for you.
Hormone Replacement for Men
While menopause can move quickly for women once it begins, men experience a more gradual process with andropause, the male equivalent of menopause. Starting after the age of 30, men will begin to experience a gradual decrease in their testosterone levels. This decrease can cause a variety of symptoms that make life uncomfortable and hinder the quality of it. Fortunately, we have treatment options available.
Symptoms of andropause and low testosterone in men can include:
- Muscle loss
- Weight gain
- Decrease in sex drive
- Difficulty sleeping
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Urinary problems
Similar to treating hormonal problems in women, HRT for men will involve first reviewing the patient’s medical history and current condition to see if HRT is right for the patient. A man who experiences a natural decline in testosterone from aging will not necessarily benefit from this treatment since the loss is natural. However, there are still treatments that can help ease and remedy some of the symptoms.
Male patients can choose from three separate treatment options which involve injections into the muscles from a professional, testosterone patches or a gel that patients apply to their body on a regular basis. It is important to note that there are also side effects with these treatments, including:
- Fluid retention
- Breast enlargement
- A decrease in testicle size
- An increase of red blood cells
- An increase in urination
With this in mind, it is important to note that this type of treatment is a balancing act. If you experience any of these side effects, then we will help to explore other potential options. We will adjust the treatment plan until we find something that works for the patient.
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Since each patient is different, we will customize treatment to the needs of the individual. While it is possible to deal with the symptoms and effects of aging, you do not have to suffer any longer. We can help to ease your symptoms and make the following years of your life free of the hormonal issues that plague many others.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of menopause or andropause and believe that HRT is the treatment option for you, call us and schedule an appointment today. We can help you down the path to a comfortable life with a customizable treatment.
If you would like to learn more about hormone-replacement and the various treatments we provide, call (561) 231-5015 to schedule a consultation.
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