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Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

About Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is most commonly used to treat women whose bodies are not producing enough estrogen, but it can also be used to balance testosterone levels in men. In both men and women, hormones are molecules that are produced by the endocrine system to send messages to various parts of the body. Hormones help to regulate essential functions like blood pressure, hunger, growth, and libido. They also influence the function of the immune system and can alter behavior.

Needless to say, these molecules are an important part of our overall health and it is ideal to maintain optimal levels. Testosterone belongs to a class of male hormones and estrogen is the primary female sex hormone. Essentially, women should have more estrogen for optimal functioning and men should have more testosterone, but both sexes should have a balance of each.

For women, estrogen plays the following roles:

  • Stimulates growth of the inner lining of the uterus
  • Increases uterine growth
  • Lubricates the vagina
  • Thickens the vaginal wall
  • Reduces bone resorption
  • Increases bone formation
  • Helps in protein synthesis
  • Increases good cholesterol levels
  • Promotes fat deposition
  • Improves lung function
  • Manages libido
  • Regulates mood
  • Improves collagen levels
  • Supplies blood to the skin
  • Manages blood pressure

For men, estrogen also helps with the following functions:

  • Maintains sperm health
  • Combats osteoporosis
  • Maintains a healthy metabolism
  • Improves heart health

For men, testosterone plays the following roles:

  • Regulates sperm production
  • Regulates libido
  • Helps maintain healthy bone mass
  • Helps with fat distribution
  • Maintains muscle size and strength
  • Produces red blood cells
  • Influences behavior
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Maintains a healthy metabolism

For women, testosterone also helps with the following functions:

  • Increases bone formation
  • Promotes cognitive health
  • Maintains libido
  • Helps to grow, maintain, and repair reproductive tissues

About Estrogen Replacement Therapy

Even though it is essential for men and women to maintain healthy balances of hormones, they tend to seek Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for different reasons. Estrogen Replacement Therapy, offered at Royal Blue Medical Center, is a medication with female hormones. It is usually used for menopause relief but can also protect against osteoporosis. This is because estrogen decline is the main cause of osteoporosis in women.

During menopause, the ovaries no longer produce high levels of hormones. HRT replaces the estrogen that a woman’s body loses during or near menopause in order to balance estrogen and progesterone levels. All women who have intact ovaries will go through menopause, and the process is notorious for its unpleasant symptoms. These symptoms include irregular periods, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, chills, night sweats, sleep problems, mood changes, weight gain, thinning hair, and decreasing of breast fullness. Even though these symptoms might be intimidating, menopause is a normal part of life and the condition is perfectly manageable. HRT is one of the ways to manage it, and we are proud to offer relief for our patients.

Benefits of HRT during menopause include:

  • Lessens hot flashes
  • Decreases night sweats
  • Helps with vaginal dryness
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Regulates libido
  • Helps stabilize mood
  • Improves mental clarity
  • Helps with vaginal thinning and lubrication
  • Eases overactive bladder
  • Protects bones from loss and fractures
  • Lowers risk of heart disease
  • Helps prevent diabetes

If you would like help managing symptoms of menopause or would like to learn more about the benefits of HRT therapy, contact Royal Blue Medical Center today.

About Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone Replacement Therapy is also offered at Royal Blue Medical Center. Typically, testosterone levels peak in men during adolescence and early adulthood, and decline with age. If testosterone levels are low, it could be caused by normal aging or by a disease like hypogonadism.

Hypogonadism is the failure of the testes to produce male sex hormones. As demonstrated by its functions listed above, testosterone is not only a sex hormone, but it also plays key roles in the metabolism, the vascular system, brain function, and body composition. In men with severely low levels of testosterone, the bones become weak, putting them at risk of developing osteoporosis. Not only that, but it can negatively impact quality of life, mood, and cognitive function. For those reasons, it has taken a toll on families, resulting in separation of couples and divorce.

Symptoms of low testosterone in men include:

  • Low libido
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Fatigue and low energy levels
  • Loss of lean muscle mass
  • Body and facial hair loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Low self-worth
  • Obesity

A blood test called a serum testosterone test is used to measure the amount of circulating testosterone. Hypogonadism is quite common, affecting an estimated two to six million men in the United States. It is an issue that tends to go undiagnosed, with only about 5% of those affected receiving treatment.

Men who receive treatment for testosterone replacement can experience the following benefits:

  • Mood stabilization
  • Improved libido
  • Maintained sexual function
  • Mental clarity
  • Cognitive improvement: better verbal memory, spatial abilities, and mathematical reasoning
  • Healthy muscle mass
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Healthy bone density
  • Improved red blood cell production

Our Team Will Help You Feel Like YOU Again

Struggling with an imbalance of hormone levels, whether it is caused by menopause or another condition, is a natural part of life and no reason to feel ashamed. Our team is understanding and compassionate, and our office is a judgment-free zone. We are experienced in HRT and a variety of other regenerative treatments. We will work with you to create a customized plan that gets you feeling like your best self again.

If you are interested in male or female HRT or one of our other regenerative treatments, call us today at (770) 766-4609 or contact us online to find the relief you need.