Life is a constant search for balance. Your hormones are no exception. Men and women have a unique balance to maintain that adjusts as change happens in your body.
Hormone Replacement Therapy at Gershon Preventative Medicine is designed to bring your hormone levels back in balance.
Hormones control virtually all of the functions of the body including our reproductive, immune and metabolic systems. When hormone levels decline we lose power, energy, vitality, and health. Hormone replacement therapy, however, is not a panacea. It will not reverse aging. We will continue to age and lose cells secondary to a process that is regulated genetically. The purpose is to simply replenish the hormones that already occur in our body. Which hormones to replace, how much to replenish, and how to adjust the hormones so they have a synergistic effect is the art and science of the new specialty of natural hormone replacement medicine. Vitamins, diet, and exercise are important, but utilizing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy helps patients feel and function better.
Hormone Replacement Treatments for Women
Women who are experiencing moderate to severe symptoms related to menopause or who have had hysterectomies are often considered prime candidates for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, as are women who have family histories of osteoporosis.
Historically women have had difficulty with older versions of hormone replacement therapies. The introduction of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has changed everything. This has created an alternative for women that offers relief from the unpleasant side effects of low estrogen levels, such as:
- Vaginal Dryness
- Hair Loss/Thinning Hair
- Sleep Problems
- Urinary Problems
- Hot Flashes
- Mood Swings
- Painful Intercourse
- Night Sweats
With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy the potential benefits go beyond simple relief from the unpleasant side effects of menopause and include:
- Improved Muscle Function
- Guards Against Osteoporosis
- Lower mortality rates among women who experience menopause earlier in life
Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Most men experience sharp declines in testosterone levels as they age. Testosterone, while important for sexual development and reproductive function, is also critical for maintaining good health as it is required for the following:
- Bulking Up Muscles
- Managing Red Blood Cell Levels
- Managing Bone Density
Testosterone therapy is believed to be beneficial in many ways, including reducing risks for type 2 diabetes, reducing fatigue, aiding in weight loss, and improving sexual desire. Testosterone is typically administered topically either through creams or via weekly muscular injections.
We must take advantage of the current state of the art, preventative medicine techniques which include an avoidance of risk factors of disease, optimal nutrition, adequate exercise, caloric restriction, antioxidant therapy, and optimal hormone replacement.
Whichever type of hormone replacement therapy you choose, you will find that there are a variety of risks and benefits to consider. This is why it’s important to consult with Dr. Steven Gershon before pursuing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or other treatments and therapies to restore hormonal balance to your body, so you can make informed decisions about the state of your hormones and your health.