Why Hormones Decline With Age and the Role of Bioidentical HRT

It’s an inevitable part of life—as we age, our hormone levels naturally decline. Both men and women experience hormonal changes later in life due to the aging of glands that produce hormones. While a natural consequence of getting older, hormone imbalance can lead to disruptive symptoms. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (or bioidentical HRT) may be just the thing you were looking for to help rebalance the scales.

Keep reading to learn how to take back your life with HRT!

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The Decline of Hormone Levels

The main hormones that decrease with age are reproductive hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. In women, estrogen and progesterone begin to decline during perimenopause in their 40s and drop significantly during menopause. Lower estrogen leads to hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and accelerated bone loss.

Likewise in men, testosterone levels start to taper off in their 40s-50s leading to low energy, sexual dysfunction, loss of muscle mass, and decreased bone density. Additionally, women also see a decline in their testosterone levels—which they also desperately need just like men!

Check out our previous blog where we discuss all the negative side effects of low hormone levels, in both men and women.

What Causes Hormones to Drop?

Why do our hormone levels diminish as we get older? There are several contributing factors:

  • Ovarian and testicular function decrease: the ovaries and testes produce less hormones.
  • Lower hormone production: the hypothalamus makes less gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which signals the pituitary gland to reduce luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) production. Lower levels of these hormones reduce estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
  • Decline of adrenal glands: the adrenal glands’ production of key precursors like DHEA-S also declines with age.

The slow degradation of our endocrine glands combined with changes in regulatory hormones contribute to the age-related decrease in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone that we experience.

What does this all mean? Our hormone levels decline naturally with age, sometimes for specific health reasons, and it’s something all of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives.

The Role of Bioidentical HRT

To relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of hormone imbalance, some people elect bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This involves taking customized preparations of lab-made hormones engineered to be an exact match to our body’s hormones on a molecular level.

The goal of bioidentical hormone therapy is restoring levels of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone back to what they were in early adulthood to alleviate symptoms.

Benefits of Bioidentical HRT:

  • Reduces hot flashes, night sweats
  • Helps vaginal dryness
  • Improves sleep
  • Restores libido
  • Increases energy
  • Builds bone density
  • Possibly improves cognitive function
  • Better mood, psychological well-being

Because bioidentical hormones closely mimic our natural hormones, they have fewer risks than synthetic hormone replacement.  Working with a practitioner experienced in bioidentical hormone therapy allows for optimal customization and dosing of treatment based on your hormone levels and symptom response. Bioidentical hormones can provide an effective option for relieving age-related hormone decline.

Get Started with Bioidentical HRT Today

If you feel as though your body or quality of life just isn’t what it used to be (or could be), then let us help! Read all about our bioidentical natural hormone therapy program (for both men and women), then get in touch to get started with the process. You can call us at (513)-791-9474 or fill out the consultation form on our website!

We’ll reach out to schedule your initial consultation with one of our providers. They’ll sit down with you, discuss your concerns, and get you on a path back toward living life at its fullest once more. Renewed vitality is just around the corner.

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