Understanding Hormone Replacement Therapy
While it’s normal for our hormones to diminish as we age, this process can also be the cause of many uncomfortable symptoms in both men and women. However, If you are experiencing these conditions, you may be able to find relief through hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Here’s what you need to know.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Hormone replacement therapy for women may include using estrogen and progesterone. In some cases, using testosterone in HRT can reduce a woman’s risk of osteoporosis, regulate their moods, and stimulate their sex drive. Most commonly, HRT is used to help alleviate these common symptoms of menopause:
- Irregular periods
- Hot flashes/night sweats
- Sleep problems
- Vaginal dryness
- Pain during intercourse
- Bone thinning
- Urinary problems
- Decreased libido
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Men who don’t produce normal levels of testosterone may benefit from male HRT as it can help to preserve their sex drive and reduce their risk of developing osteoporosis. Men who have low testosterone may experience the following symptoms:
- Erectile dysfunction (ET)
- Lowered sex drive
- A decrease in sperm count
- Depression or anxiety
- Weight gain
Men can also have hot flashes like women do when their hormones are out of balance.
Common Types of HRTs
While tablets are the most common way to administer hormone replacement therapy, you can choose HRT in the following forms:
- Skin patches
- Estrogen gel
- Intrauterine systems
- Vaginal estrogen
To determine what form of HRT will work best for you, consult with your doctor.
Learn More About Hormone Replacement Therapy
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, HRT could be the answer. Our care is focused on long-term recovery through a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Contact Royal Blue Medical Center today at (770) 766-4609 to learn more about how we can treat your hormonal imbalances and what type of HRT therapy is right for you.