Bioidentical Hormones Q&A
What can hormone replacement therapy do for men?
Many men experience fatigue, depression, and an inability to focus when their testosterone is imbalanced. Others see a loss of body or facial hair and increased irritability. It’s also common to experience:
- Reduced sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Muscle weakness
- Weakened bones
These symptoms can seriously hinder a person’s way of life.
While a reduction in hormones is a natural part of aging, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to live with it. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy augments your body’s natural production of testosterone, restoring it to normal levels. It alleviates the symptoms, helps restore men’s health, and revitalizes their body.
What can hormone replacement therapy do for women?
When you think of estrogen, you may think of pregnancy. After all, estrogen helps prepare the uterus to receive a fertilized egg. However, estrogen has many other important functions in the body. For example, it regulates the way the body uses calcium and raises levels of good cholesterol in the blood.
When they’re not producing enough estrogen, women are much more likely to have weakened bones, which increases their likelihood of a fracture. When women go through menopause, they experience a decrease in their levels of estrogen and progesterone. Menopause can cause various symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Increased bad cholesterol
When women receive bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, these symptoms are alleviated.
How do I know if hormone replacement therapy is right for me?
When you visit WholeHealth Medical Group, Dr. Petersen takes your medical history, consults with you about your symptoms, and does a physical examination. He then performs extensive lab tests, measuring the amount of estrogen and progesterone, or testosterone, in your blood.
If you are deficient in any of these critical hormones, Dr. Petersen may prescribe a regimen of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. However, hormone replacement therapy may not be right for you if you have a history of:
- Blood clots
- Heart or liver disease
- Heart attacks
Common side effects of hormone replacement therapy include bloating, headaches, and mood changes. Some patients also experience minor nausea.
If you suspect your hormones may be imbalanced, contact WholeHealth Medical Group today.