Hormones are secreted from the endocrine system and are the messengers of your body. Every part of the body is reliant on hormones to tell them what to do, how to do it, and how long. They affect growth and development, mood, sexual function, reproduction, and metabolism. As we age, hormones can become imbalanced with the changes in hormone levels over time. This can cause different side effects and impact the body in various ways. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the standard solution for hormone imbalances in both men and women. Keep reading to learn if HRT is right for you.
What is Hormone Replacement Therapy?
When there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream, it leads to an imbalance. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance in men and women include:
- Weight gain
- Low Sex Drive
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
HRT can help manage and relieve some of these symptoms. Some studies suggest that HRT can help reduce the risk of heart failure and heart attacks, reduce mortality among younger postmenopausal people, and prevent skin aging in some patients when used with caution.
Hormone replacement therapy involves a consultation and blood work to determine hormone levels and identify any imbalances. If you are determined to be a candidate for HRT, there are different therapies you may be prescribed. Some of them contain both progesterone and estrogen, estrogen-only, and testosterone. These come in topical, oral, subcutaneous pellets, skin patches, and more.
Is HRT Right for You?
Although any person can experience hormonal imbalances, HRT is not suitable for everyone. Your overall health is an essential factor when considering HRT. Those with a history of stroke, heart disease, breast or prostate cancer, sleep apnea, gallbladder disease, and other health conditions may not be candidates for HRT. Your provider can help determine if hormone replacement therapy is for you.
At Aura MedSpa, our providers use BioTE® hormone therapy products to help solve hormone imbalances in men and women. BioTE® incorporates bioidentical hormones that are identical to those present in the human body. To schedule your consultation, call (813) 960-2411, or click here.