What Are The Signs That You Need Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Are you a woman who is experiencing symptoms of menopause? Are you a man who is dealing with sudden hair loss, erectile dysfunction and other symptoms of low testosterone? Maybe you are just feeling a little “off” lately and you think it might be due to hormones. Whatever the case, Environmental Health Center can help you get the answers you’re looking for.
As men and women get older the amount of hormones that their bodies produce drastically decreases. Even after age 30, most men will experience a decline in testosterone, while women are more likely to experience a drop in estrogen and progesterone in their mid-40s to mid-50s. This can lead to some unpleasant side effects and can cause osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones and increases the risk for fractures and breaks. In order to combat these symptoms and reduce your risk for osteoporosis, many men and women receive hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
What are bio-identical hormones?
The difference between traditional HRT and bio-identical hormones is that bio-identical means that the hormones that are produced are chemically identical to the ones that your body naturally produces. Many of these hormones are derived from plant or animal sources, not created in a lab. Because these hormones are also identical to what our bodies naturally produce this is more likely to provide you with the relief you need without the unpleasant side effects.
Bio-identical hormones can be delivered in a variety of ways, from injections and pills to sprays, creams and vaginal inserts.
Could I benefit from bio-identical hormones?
If you are a man or a woman who is dealing with low or unbalanced hormone levels then chances are you could benefit from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Common side effects of low or unbalanced hormones include,
- Hot flashes
- Weight gain
- Night sweats
- Loss of muscle mass
- Mood swings
- Memory loss
- Trouble concentrating
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss of sex drive
- Pain during sex
- Problems sleeping
Are you dealing with symptoms of menopause and want to find out if bio-identical hormone therapy is right for you?
Call Environmental Health Center in St. Louis, MO at (314) 921-5600 to learn more!