Common Questions Women Have About Hormone Replacement Therapy
Why Do I Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Many women over the age of 35 are candidates for hormone replacement therapy. Typically beginning at age 30, women experience a natural decline in hormone production. Symptoms include:
- lack of sexual desire
- weight gain
- loss of muscle mass
- poor sleep patterns
- night sweats
- mood swings
- even a lowered sense of well-being
It does not have to be this way! Hormone replacement therapy has helped thousands of women achieve the natural healthy balance their bodies need to maintain overall well-being.
What is BHRT For Women?
BHRT is the restoration of proper hormone levels through the use of hormones that are identical in structure to those naturally produced in the body. Recent studies have shown that hormone replacement with synthetic hormones (hormones that are similar to, but different in structure than our natural hormones) can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. At InShapeMD® we use only the highest quality hormones, thereby reducing the risk of dangerous biochemical reactions and health problems that can occur with synthetic hormones. BHRT for women involves a balance of three main hormones…estrogen and progesterone and testosterone.
Do Women Really Need Testosterone?
Actually they do! Both men and women can benefit from the dynamic effects of testosterone. Our patients report they feel fantastic again!
Some of the Benefits Include
- Enhanced libido and sexual desire
- Improved memory and mental clarity
- Increased sense of well-being
- Reduced fatigue…More energy
- Relief from anxiety and depression
- Decrease in body fat and Increase in lean body mass
- Increase in lean body mass
What is Testosterone Therapy?
Treatments can consist of topical therapy with creams or gels or sublingual (troche) therapy. The hormones are compounded according to the highest industry standards, using the best quality botanical ingredients available. Derived from soy and other plant-based ingredients, they are specially formulated to strictly replicate human hormones. Dosages are tightly controlled by your InShapeMD® health provider to ensure safe and maximum effectiveness.
How Does a Woman’s Anti-Aging Therapy Differ From a Man’s?
Let’s face it…Women are just more complicated!
Testosterone is not the only hormone that can assist women in resorting their vitality. Estrogen and progesterone are two other hormones that can affect a woman’s health and well-being. Aging, menopause and an unhealthy lifestyle can disrupt the healthy balance of these hormones leading to a host of negative effects. Low estrogen levels can lead to elevated blood pressure, vaginal dryness, low energy, decreased energy and an increase in belly fat. Symptoms of low progesterone include anxiety, depression, low libido, osteoporosis and weight gain. Progesterone that is too high relative to the estrogen level can produce symptoms including insulin resistance, increased appetite and carbohydrate craving, decreased growth hormone and a suppressed immune system. InShapeMD® providers can help restore and maximize the health of our female patients through our comprehensive assessment and development of effective and individualized hormone treatment plans.
Will Hormone Replacement Therapy Reduce the Effects of Menopause?
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her period stops. It is a normal part of aging. In the years before and during menopause, the levels of female hormones can go up and down. This can cause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Some women take hormone replacement therapy (HRT), also called menopausal hormone therapy, to relieve these symptoms. HRT may also protect against osteoporosis.
What Is My Next Step?
We will determine your current hormone levels, symptoms, lifestyle and the best course of treatment for you.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!