Hormone therapy – If you want to understand women, understand hormones. Hormones are a body’s chemical messenger performing different duties, including growth and development. For a female, hormones fluctuate at different phases of her life, from young to old. The fluctuation helps the body mature through puberty and prepares her for menstruation, pregnancy, and childbirth. The hormonal imbalances cause changes in and out of a woman’s body, also affecting the mood, health, hair growth, libido, and sleeping patterns.
When a woman’s hormones are in equilibrium (balanced), she will feel energized, sleep better, have healthy hair and skin, have an improved sex drive, regular period, and an overall happy life, making her healthy and productive. Due to the different changes in her body; Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, her hormones become imbalanced. A woman may experience mood swings, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, low libido, irregular periods, weight gain, weight loss, digestive problems, insomnia, and many more. Menopause marks a stage in a woman’s life where a natural decline in a female’s reproductive hormones. Between the age of 40 to 55, a woman may experience menopause, where she won’t see her period for 12 consecutive months.
The body goes through a major hormonal change, decreasing the amount of estrogen and progesterone it makes. Due to menopause, a woman might experience painful sex, lower sex drive, hot flashes, insomnia, anxiety, hair loss, fear, depression, virginal dryness, mood swings, night sweats, numbness and hand tingling, high blood cholesterol, constipation, slow heartbeat, unexplained weight gain, and weight loss. There is a way to replace the hormones the body stopped making through hormonal replacement therapy.
What is hormone therapy?
Hormone therapy, also called Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or menopausal hormonal therapy, is a medication that contains female hormones needed to replenish the absence or lack of hormones in a female’s body. The therapy is usually for women experiencing menopause. During menopause, ovulation declines, and estrogen production is limited. The lack of estrogen affects hair growth, cardiovascular, brain, musculoskeletal, skin, and urinary tract. Hormone replacement therapy replenishes the estrogen and progesterone hormones to protect the body against Osteoporosis (bone loss and fracture), hot flashes, virginal discomfort, and dryness.
What happens during a hormone therapy treatment?
Pellets contain a natural plant source of estrogen and testosterone. A compounding pharmacist, using strict federal guidelines, compounds the estrogen and testosterone utilized in the pellets. These pellets, which are smaller than a grain of rice, are placed in the fatty tissue underneath the skin and most closely mimic the actions of healthy ovaries and testicles with regards to hormone release into the bloodstream. The hormone pellet implantation procedure is easily performed in the office.
Reasons why you should opt for hormone therapy
Menopausal hormone replacement therapy helps women in different ways. Firstly, it reduces postmenopausal symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, dry skin, virginal dryness, hair loss, insomnia, low sex drive, digestive problems, osteoporosis (bone thinning), and more.
Secondly, hormone replacement therapy improves blood flow by increasing the elasticity of the blood vessels. Thirdly, hormone replacement therapy improves muscle strength. Fourthly, replenishes lost essential hormones needed for basic body functions. Finally, hormone replacement therapy helps you maintain softer, smoother skin giving you that long-lasting youthful look.
Risks involved in hormone therapy
It is important to understand that after menopause, natural estrogen and progesterone hormone produced in the body have reduced or diminished, and these factors may increase the risk of health conditions such as heart diseases, stroke, Diabetes, depression, High blood pressure, Elevated low-density lipoproteins cholesterol, Low HDL, high-density lipoproteins cholesterol, and Obesity. Hormone replacement therapy has helped in the treatment of some health conditions. Always consult with your medical provider.
If you are considering hormone replacement therapy, the right healthcare provider for you is the professional team at Gulf Coast Institute of Rejuvenation. We will happily provide all the necessary information about hormone therapy and help you choose a plan that fits you during your initial visit.