Hormone Replacement For Women
We’re guessing that the reason you’re here on our site is that hormone levels may be impacting your sex life. The ones that have the greatest affect on your sexual health are estrogen, testosterone and DHEA-s. Other hormones can impact as well, such as progesterone or prolactin. A simple blood test allows us to accurately interpret your hormone levels and decide on the appropriate therapy.
How can hormone therapy help me?
In our experience at our Center we see a clear link between raising low hormone levels and strengthening a woman’s libido, her ability to become aroused, and the quality of her orgasms. Women for whom low hormones play a significant role in their dysfunction can benefit greatly from hormone therapy and may have a hard time being helped without them.
As with any therapy or treatment, there are both benefits and risks. Hormone therapy is no different. Our team will take the time to explain each of them to you thoroughly. Should you decide on hormone therapy, we’ll then monitor you on an ongoing basis to make sure levels are comfortable and effective for your individual case, and that you’re not having any side effects. We’ll even provide guidance to you every step of the way within the context of your lifestyle and current relationship.
For many women, hormones are the base for your sex life and without them, nothing else may seem to be working. So, if you think that could be you, don’t be afraid to talk us.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
As we are becoming more aware of the fact that hormones may have a significant impact on women’s libidos, testosterone has begun to play a more important role in evaluation and treatment. Testosterone is typically thought of as a male hormone but lower levels may also be critical to a woman’s health and well being. For years research has supported the fact that testosterone replacement therapy in men significantly impacts libido, bone density, energy levels and mood, so practitioners experimented with small amounts of testosterone replacement in women, and began to see significant and sometimes dramatic outcomes.
Estrogen therapy is usually referred to as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and it is the most effective treatment for women suffering from severe menopausal symptoms. These may include both estrogen and progesterone. Women who have had a hysterectomy (had their uterus removed) can use estrogen alone, but women who still have a uterus need to take progesterone in addition to estrogen.
Menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age, and is characterized by a wide range of symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, fatigue, memory loss, low sex drive, dyspareunia (painful intercourse), depression and more. For some women these symptoms are transient and barely noticeable. However, for others these symptoms may be severe and interfere with quality of life.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
In the time leading up to menopause, known as perimenopause, you can experience a wide range of symptoms as a result of your fluctuating estrogen and progesterone hormone levels. You may benefit from hormone replacement therapies that stabilize your hormone levels and reduce symptoms including:
Hormone replacement therapies are available as oral pills, patches, lotions, skin patches and injections.
Am I a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?
You may be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) if you are in relatively good health and don’t smoke.
HRT may not be right for you if you:
Have blood clots
Have a history of cancer
Have a history of heart attack or stroke
Your doctor reviews your health history and symptoms to determine if hormone therapy is right for you.
What are bioidentical hormones?
Bioidentical hormones come from natural plant sources and act like the hormones your body produces naturally. While they are made in a laboratory, the hormones mimic what your body produces in both their molecular and chemical structure.
There are several benefits to using bioidentical hormones to alleviate perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, including:
Increased sex drive
Reduced hot flashes
Improved sleep patterns
Bioidentical hormones are available as injectables, creams, gels, and oral medications. Taking the proper dosage of hormones for optimal results is essential. It can take several tries to find the right combination of hormone replacement therapies to achieve desired results.
What are the risks of hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapies can be effective in treating menopause-related symptoms, but there are associated risks. Side effects of hormone replacement therapies may include increased risk of:
Your practitioner at Regenerative Complete can determine how long you can safely take hormone treatments to alleviate menopause symptoms. You will also undergo regular medical monitoring that allows us to identify issues early and to ensure your hormone levels stay well-balanced.
To learn more about your options with hormone therapies, schedule an appointment online or by phone.