You may need hormone replacement therapy for many different hormones that decline as you get older. But most women consider hormone replacement to relieve the symptoms of menopause, while men often need testosterone replacement. The highly experienced team at Woodlands Wellness and Cosmetic Center in The Woodlands, Texas, specializes in helping patients who need hormone replacement therapy. You can depend on their extensive expertise to provide the precise hormones you need to restore your health. To schedule an appointment, call the office, or use the online booking feature.
Any time one or more of your hormones drop below normal levels, you’ll benefit from hormone replacement therapy. You can develop an imbalance when an endocrine gland is damaged or an underlying health condition affects hormone production.
Your hormone levels can also drop due to:
You may even feel healthy and still have a hormone deficiency because hormone production normally declines as you get older. Men experience andropause, which is a natural decline in testosterone. And women face the dramatic drop in hormones at menopause.
Women and men share many of the same symptoms, such as:
These symptoms are all signs that you may need hormone replacement therapy.
In the years before menopause, called perimenopause, your hormone levels start to fluctuate. During this time, you may experience changes in your menstrual periods. Your cycles may become irregular, and your periods may become lighter, heavier, longer, or shorter.
Before, during, and after menopause, you may experience classic symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings. After menopause, the drop in hormones leads to problems such as vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and urinary incontinence. You’re also at a much higher risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
All the symptoms and health problems that occur due to menopause can be prevented or reversed with hormone replacement therapy.
The team at Woodlands Wellness and Cosmetic Center runs blood tests to determine which hormones are deficient and the dose you need. For example, women don’t just need estrogen at menopause. Their bodies need the right balance of progesterone, testosterone, and three types of estrogen.
Your provider creates a customized plan to replenish your hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormones are 98% identical in structure to your body’s natural hormones, and they’re made from wild yams.
By comparison, synthetic hormones are only 6% identical. Bioidentical hormones are safe, and they function in your body just like your normal hormones.
Most patients receive their hormones in the form of a pellet that’s implanted under their skin. As the pellet dissolves, it releases a steady stream of hormones, lasting three to four months before you’ll need to get a new pellet.
If you need hormone replacement therapy, call Woodlands Wellness and Cosmetic Center, or schedule an appointment online.