Hormone Replacement Therapy

What are some of the most common issues brought on by hormonal changes?

There are numerous complaints that are directly related to a decrease in a person’s hormone levels. Some of the most common are fatigue, loss or thinning hair, loss of muscle mass, wrinkled or loose skin, night sweats, and hot flashes. Many people experience changes in their sexual function, as well. These issues include but are not limited to erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse. Having a healthy sex life is an essential component of happiness and well being, and patients who are suffering from challenges in this area should seek treatment to restore healthy sexual function.

What can be done to address a drop in hormone levels?

Hormone levels naturally decline over the course of a person’s life. That said, just because the process is natural does not mean that there are no steps that can be taken to reverse the hormonal decline. By embarking on a system of anti-aging/hormone replacement therapy, patients can regain function in many areas of their lives, and can also enjoy a more youthful appearance. The first step lies in having one’s hormone levels tested to determine if there is a need for medical intervention. If so, the physician will create a treatment plan that can provide the appropriate levels of testosterone, progesterone or estrogen.

Are there additional benefits to anti-aging/hormone replacement therapy?

Research has shown that there are various benefits associated with hormone replacement therapy. One of the most impactful is an improvement in sleep quality. More rest translates into more energy throughout the day and also supports the body’s natural ability to heal. Hormone replacement therapy can also provide help with mood changes that are brought on by declining hormone levels. There are signs that patients who begin hormone replacement therapy experienced improvement in depressive symptoms. This is an important issue to address, and physicians who provide hormone replacement therapy can help patients determine whether counseling or other forms of therapy might also be an appropriate treatment approach.

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