Top 10 Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy for men and women continues to prove itself as an effective treatment. We break down the top benefits of hormone therapy, along with a brief look into the many years of clinical studies and research that back it up.
Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe?
The use of pellet implants as a treatment option for hormone replacement therapy has been around for a while. Since 1939, pellet implants have been documented as an effective and popular method of hormone administration. It wasn’t until the 1970s that other methods were introduced, such as oral and topical products.
Hormone pellets have remained outside the realm of commercial pharmaceuticals because they are naturally based. Also because they match our own genetical structure and ultimately, cannot be patented. Opposite of a synthetic drug, studies continue to show the effectiveness of natural hormone replacement therapy. In addition, the positive impact it has on the lives of the men and women who use it. Natural hormone therapy continues to become more regularly used among practitioners. It has also seen steady growth in providers who specialize in hormone replacement therapy.
How Hormone Replacement Therapy Works
Natural hormone replacement therapy includes the use of natural estrogen and testosterone in the form of small “tic-tac” sized pellets. These are inserted right underneath the skin to provide a slow-release and consistent level of hormones to the specific needs of the individual. As the popularity continues to increase, it is always important to work with your provider to determine if natural hormone therapy is right for you, as well as the proper dosing.
Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy
Most patients want to know the benefits of natural hormone therapy as well as what the clinical studies show over decades of treatment. For women, natural estrogen therapy continues to be the most effective treatment when it comes to difficulties with menopausal symptoms. These can include hot flashes, night sweats, lack of sleep, and weight gain. Along with general well-being, natural estrogen can alleviate sexual symptoms associated with menopause, such as vaginal dryness and irritation during intercourse.
Natural estrogen therapy also provides a window and effective treatment into preventative medicine. Clinical studies continue to show that estrogen therapy helps to protect against osteoporosis and bone loss. They’ve also demonstrated that natural estrogen therapy can help to decrease general health conditions such as: heart disease, stroke, dementia, and mood swings.
One of the most important factors when it comes to natural hormone therapy is the ability to help women entering menopause at an early age. This can be due to a partial or full hysterectomy. With the loss of one or both ovaries, the body will have less estrogen flowing through it. This can continually lead to complications associated with low estrogen.
Top 10 Hormone Therapy Benefits for Women
For women, natural hormone therapy can help with:
- Eliminate/reduce hot flashes
- Eliminate/reduce night sweats
- Improve sleep
- Improve vaginal lubrication
- Relieve discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Protect against osteoporosis
- Protect again heart disease
- Fight against dementia
- Eliminate/reduce mood swings
- Most importantly, improve overall quality of life
Women have testosterone too! Watch our FNP-C and hormone provider, Judy Couch, talk all about it here.
Top 10 Hormone Therapy Benefits for Men
Testosterone is a critical hormone when it comes to male growth and maturation. During adolescence, specifically puberty, testosterone levels increase exponentially. These typically start to decline between the age of 30-40. After that point, testosterone levels will continue to drop each year, referred to as hypogonadism.
When it comes to evaluating testosterone levels, it is extremely important to look at the free testosterone level. Free testosterone is different from total testosterone in that it’s the testosterone readily available for use in the body. While a man may have an appropriate total testosterone level, they can often experience symptoms associated with low testosterone. Those symptoms can be: a lack of libido, poor muscle recovery, or lack of sleep. Free testosterone is the true indicator of an individual’s active testosterone level and provides better insight into someone who may have symptoms associated with low testosterone.
Natural testosterone therapy is used to alleviate symptoms associated with testosterone deficiencies affecting both men and women. Using natural testosterone therapy to optimize individual levels can:
- Improve energy levels
- Improve libido and sex drive
- Increase bone density
- Improve metabolism
- Stimulate the production of red blood cells
- Improve muscle growth and recovery
- Help reduce general fatigue
- Help improve overall feelings of well being
- Reduce overall irritability and mood swings
- Improve focus and mental acuity.
Working With a Provider & Getting Started
As more studies are performed and clinical information continues to come about, medical providers will continue to become more comfortable with hormone therapy. Both in terms of treatment options and preventative care. It is important to remember that it is up to the individual patient and their medical provider to determine the best treatment option. That includes reviewing all benefits and risks associated and working together to determine the best plan of action.
At Your Wellness Center in Cincinnati, we work to help both men and women alleviate symptoms associated with low hormone levels. This includes a deep dive into their current hormone levels, symptoms, and medical history. We work with each patient to develop an individualized hormone therapy treatment plan to help them reach their goals and highest quality of life.
Please call us at (513) 791-9474 or fill out the initial consultation form here to get started.
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