Both men and women experience decreases in hormones for different reasons. Hormone levels in women begin to decrease in perimenopause and continue to decrease through menopause. Men also experience decreases in the hormone testosterone with age. Other factors can affect these decreases, including medications and health conditions. Here are three signs that you may need hormone therapy.
Both men and women experience fatigue when hormones are decreased. Fatigue goes beyond feeling tired. It is a feeling of lethargy and exhaustion that doesn’t seem to go away or get better with sleep and rest. If you find that you are sleeping much more than you once did, it could be because you have decreased hormones. Hormone therapy can give you a big energy boost.
The hormones that decrease with age are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Women have all three of these, while the primary hormone in men is testosterone. Among other things, these hormones are responsible for sexual performance and health. Women who experience vaginal laxity or vaginal dryness can often find relief with hormone therapy. Men who find it difficult to get or maintain an erection can also benefit from hormone therapy.
Loss of Bone and Muscle Mass
Both men and women can experience a loss of bone density with decreased hormones. If this is the case, it makes you much more likely to get a broken bone if you sustain an injury. Men also experience decreased muscle mass and an inability to gain lean muscle mass when testosterone levels are low. Low hormones can also cause weight gain or the inability to lose weight.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is never too late to get help. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your appointment.