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Reasons You May Be a Candidate for Hormone Replacement Therapy
Nature isn’t always kind, but there is something you can do when hormones plummet. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore your hormones and relieve bothersome symptoms.
You may have received conflicting information about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), making it difficult to determine whether it’s appropriate for you. As women transition through perimenopause and menopause, and men through andropause, symptoms associated with a drop in hormones can have a major impact on how you feel and function day-to-day.
The primary reasons for seeking hormone replacement for most people are to relieve symptoms. The benefit of a better quality of life by reducing or eliminating hormone imbalance related symptoms is compelling enough for men and women at this stage of life to consider replacing missing hormones.
A common problem with many providers focus primarily, if not exclusively on the sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen. These are only two components to your complete hormone profile that work in concert. To replace one or two, and overlook the rest may make you feel worse.
The team at Natural Radiance Med Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona help men and women with hormone imbalance restore their missing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement and feel like themselves again.
How hormone imbalance impacts your life
Hormone imbalance can occur in anyone. When the hormones, estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone fall out of balance, the imbalance can cause symptoms that wreak havoc on everything from your mood, to your ability to concentrate at work. The following are common symptoms of hormone imbalance in men and women.
Hormone imbalance may cause the following symptoms in women:
- Night sweats
- Lower sex drive
- Mood swings
- Problems sleeping
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulty concentrating
- Weight gain
- Weak bones
- Thin hair
- Hair loss
Women with hormone imbalance often report feeling tired or run down for no reason.
Symptoms of hormone imbalance in men include:
- Low stamina
- Reduced sex drive
- Loss of muscle strength
- Reduced lean mass
- Abdominal weight gain
- Hair loss
- Poor focus
- Low mood
- Lower energy
- Erectile dysfunction
Symptoms of low testosterone can come on gradually and subtly at first, so it’s important to talk to a health care provider if you suspect that you may have a hormone imbalance.
What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
For a long time, women and men have relied on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of hormone imbalance. Natural Radiance Med Spa only uses bioidentical hormones to treat low sex hormones in men and women.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) uses bioidentical hormones, which are chemically and molecularly identical to the hormones your body makes. Using hormones that your body recognizes as its own results in much less side effects and risks of complications, including heart attack, blood clots, strokes, which have been associated with non-bioidentical hormones commonly prescribed.
Reasons bioidentical hormone therapy might be right for you
If you’re one of the lucky few that aren’t experiencing bothersome hormone imbalance symptoms, then there’s little reason to consider BHRT just yet. However, if you notice that you’ve become more irritable as you get older, have lost enjoyment in things you used to feel passionate about, aren’t sleeping as well as you used to, and have other symptoms, it may be time to consider BHRT.
BHRT, like HRT, has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Your provider will assess your condition as well as your personal medical history to determine whether you should use bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
When you are used to a certain level of “power” in your life, it may be difficult to manage low physical energy. It’s possible that your lack of energy and endurance for your favorite activities has nothing to do with your age and everything to do with your hormone levels.
Replacing missing hormones has several physical benefits. Patients often report having more energy, more stamina, the ability to lead a more active lifestyle, and feeling better overall physically.
Hormone imbalance can certainly take you on an emotional rollercoaster. While hormonal issues are frequently associated with women, they can affect both men and women. Our patients on BHRT commonly report feeling more balanced emotionally once we eliminate the ups and downs of hormone imbalance.
BHRT also improves mental symptoms like brain fog and low mood. Often within a few weeks of therapy, patients notice a better mood and more clear thinking.
The most significant advantage of BHRT at Natural Radiance Med Spa is a customized approach for each patient. Traditional HRT contains fixed hormone proportions that may not be suitable for every patient. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, BHRT provides patients with individually adjusted dosages to effectively balance their hormone levels. This ensures that you get the right amount to relieve your symptoms with fewer side effects. Also, the team at Natural Radiance Med Spa do not simply focus on one or two hormones, but will evaluate your entire hormone profile which all work in concert with one another, providing you the fastest most predictable benefits.
Getting relief from hormonal symptoms is the most important benefit of BHRT. If you just don’t feel like yourself anymore, topsy turvy hormones might be to blame. Replacing the crucial hormones that you’re lacking can help restore your vitality.
Each year millions of men and women reach a stage in their lives where important hormones take a nosedive. You don’t have to suffer with symptoms that prevent you from living your life to the fullest. You can do something about it, and our team is here to help.
To learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement and find out if it’s right for you, call our office to schedule a visit with a Natural Radiance Med Spa provider today.