Simply put, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the administration of synthetic or bio-identical hormones to replace (or boost) hormones that the body may not be making enough of naturally. A licensed doctor, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner can prescribe this course of treatment should they decide that, after an examination, a client would benefit from it.
The most common hormones prescribed are those for women experiencing a drop in natural levels of or imbalance of progesterone and estrogen during pre-menopause and menopause. While this does occur as women age, menopause can also be triggered artificially by removing or damaging the ovaries. Hot flashes, insomnia, moodiness, vaginal dryness, and bone density thinning are some of the symptoms experienced during this time. Hormone Replacement Therapy can ease the discomfort caused by the changing hormone levels during this “change of life” transition.
Men can also benefit from Hormone Replacement Therapy. As men age, it is normal for their levels of testosterone to drop. If the levels of testosterone become abnormally low it is possible that there will be a loss of bone density, erectile dysfunction, and a decrease in overall energy levels as well. These individuals can also benefit from Hormone Replacement Therapy in the form of testosterone. Testosterone administered in these situations can assist in a return to age-appropriate normalcy.
Other Hormone Replacement Therapies are called for when an imbalance exists between one or more hormones secreted by the pancreas, thyroid, pituitary, or adrenal glands. Our bodies are remarkable in their ability to balance and counterbalance these hormones as the need may arise. However, the need for intervention, temporarily or permanently, does happen when there is an under or over secretion of a particular hormone. Benefits of HRT include: increased energy, improved memory, improved sleep, enhanced mood, increased libido, increased weight loss, and increased muscle mass and strength.
There are many people who can benefit from Hormone Replacement Therapy. Whether you or a loved one is experiencing weight gain, low libido, mild confusion, hot flashes, erectile dysfunction, or decreased muscle mass and tone by themselves or in combination, a trip to see the professionals at Formula Wellness may end in a prescription for your own personalized course of Hormone Therapy putting you on the path to a healthier you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation! We have locations in University Park and Fort Worth, TX.