Do you notice yourself struggling with changes in your body as you age? Fatigue, weight fluctuations, sexual dysfunction, and mood swings are just some of the signs that your hormones are struggling, too.
The changes in hormone levels as you age affect people differently. Some have few, if any, problems, while others have a hard time. Fortunately, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help.
At Balance Hormone Center in Norman, Oklahoma, we specialize in helping you deal with the effects of changing hormone levels. Our primary practitioner, Gordon Hart, PA-C, and the rest of our team offer patients individualized options for hormone replacement therapy. Here’s what you need to know about HRT and some of the options we offer.
The lowdown on hormone replacement therapy
Women struggling with severe symptoms of menopause are those who most often use hormone replacement therapy. The hormones in your body fluctuate before and during menopause, causing symptoms such as:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Trouble concentrating
- Sexual dysfunction
Hormone replacement therapy helps by replacing the hormones you’re losing, specifically the female hormone estrogen.
While most of the patients we see are women, men can benefit from hormone replacement therapy as well. If you’re a man, your testosterone levels diminish as you age, resulting in loss of muscle tone, low energy, and loss of libido. Hormone replacement therapy helps our male patients find relief from their symptoms.
Your hormone replacement therapy options
There are a number of hormone replacement therapy options when it comes to your own individualized plan. First and foremost, you have an option when it comes to the type of therapy you receive. At Balance Hormone Center, we only offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. We do so because this option includes hormones made from plant-based materials, rather than synthetic materials. In addition, these hormones are similar to your body’s own hormones.
You also have the option to receive your hormone replacement therapy in a number of ways, including as:
- Oral medications
- Pellets that are inserted under the skin and release hormones slowly
- Creams or patches that release the hormones topically
- Vaginal suppositories
Depending on your situation, you and our team at Balance Hormone Center decide on the best option for your needs.
HRT is an individualized treatment program
Hormone replacement therapy is highly individualized. The hormone levels used in your treatment are based solely on your individual needs, as is the method of administering the hormones. Though we only offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at our facility, we’d be happy to discuss other options with you if you are curious to learn more.
Simply call us to make an appointment or use our online tool at your earliest convenience.