Hormone levels change naturally over time. But if you are experiencing upsetting symptoms associated with aging and changing hormone levels, you might want to consider hormone replacement therapy in St. Augustine. Anti-Aging and Regenerative Associates can work with you to create an individualized treatment plan. Call us at (386) 366-7418 to learn more and to make an appointment.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone and Hormone Imbalances
What are hormones, anyway? Without getting too technical, the National Cancer Institute defines them as substances that control different aspects of your body and even your behavior.
There are several different types of hormones. You probably recognize the names of the most famous ones: testosterone and estrogen. All humans have some amount of both, though testosterone is associated with “masculine” traits and estrogen is associated with “feminine” traits. Each type of hormone serves a different function.
What Hormones Do
Testosterone is responsible for things like:
- Facial hair
- Increased muscle mass
- Bone strength
- Sex drive
Estrogen is responsible for things like:
- Breast development
- Bone strength
- Sex drive
As long as hormone levels remain at stable, healthy levels, there is no problem. But certain health problems can affect your hormones, and as you get older, so can your age.
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Andropause and Menopause
When testosterone, estrogen, or any other hormone decreases or gets out of balance, it can cause various disruptive symptoms. These may include:
- Insomnia or other sleeping problems
- Memory problems
- Weak bones
- Changes in mood
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Decreased sex drive or function
Age-related drops in testosterone are sometimes called andropause. Unlike menopause, which is a sudden drop in estrogen, andropause occurs slowly over time at a rate of about 1 percent a year after a person hits a certain age. Despite their differences, menopause and andropause can both leave you feeling weak, unwell, or just not like yourself.
It is normal for your hormone levels to change as you age, and this is not necessarily a cause for concern. But if problematic symptoms accompany your hormonal changes, or if you suspect something other than natural aging is causing your symptoms, it may be time to get professional help. One potential treatment is hormone replacement therapy.
How Bioidentical Hormones Can Help
The Cleveland Clinic defines bioidentical hormones as “man-made hormones” used to replace the natural hormones that your body is no longer producing. These are the hormones that Anti-Aging and Regenerative Associates uses in our hormone replacement therapy treatments.
You can take bioidentical hormones in different ways, including in pill form and as injections. The dosage level can be altered mid-treatment to reduce side effects and potential risks.
While risks are associated with using bioidentical hormones, with proper monitoring and other forms of treatment, they can go a long way to diminishing or even eliminating many of the symptoms described above. Testosterone treatments can:
- Boost muscle mass
- Make weight loss easier
- Increase sex drive
- Increase energy levels
And estrogen treatments, according to the Mayo Clinic, can:
- Ease hot flashes
- Relieve vaginal dryness or itching
- Help prevent osteoporosis
- Improve sexual function
In short, they can make you feel better and help you live life to the fullest.
If you are considering hormone replacement therapy, make sure to do your homework. This should include talking with a medical professional who can provide advice tailored to your personal needs and symptoms. Call Anti-Aging and Regenerative Associates today at (386) 366-7418 if you would like to make an appointment.
What We Can Do for You
Instead of letting your symptoms get worse, take action. Anti-Aging and Regenerative Associates takes a holistic approach to treatment that will target not only your hormones but your entire body. Hormone replacement therapy is just one part of an overall treatment plan designed just for you.
Here is how our St. Augustine hormone replacement therapy can help improve your health and your self-image:
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The first thing your treating physician will do is talk to you about your symptoms and conduct an examination. This includes taking blood samples to test your hormone levels. These tests will ensure your symptoms are not caused by something else and determine if you are a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy. Tests will also tell us what other treatments you may benefit from.
Combining Hormone Replacement Therapy with Other Treatments
We offer a wide range of treatments as part of our St. Augustine hormone replacement therapy program that can improve your hormone levels and your overall health. These may include chiropractic services, a doctor-supervised weight loss program, and other treatments. Your treating physician will recommend treatments based on your personal needs.
As you may have guessed from this discussion of other treatments, hormone replacement therapy is no cure-all. A single round of injections or pills will not reverse all the signs of aging. Rather, our anti-aging doctors will develop one aspect of a treatment regimen to help you feel better.
We will monitor you throughout your treatment. This way, we can detect any warning signs and adjust your treatment as needed. It will also enable us to keep you updated about your progress.
Give Us a Call Today
We understand that starting a new treatment can cause some anxiety. Your treating physician will be happy to explain the treatment process to you and alleviate the concerns you may have. If you ever have any questions or concerns, just give us a call.
Like every other medical treatment, hormone replacement therapy is not right for everyone and carries some degree of risk. The professionals at Anti-Aging and Regenerative Associates will work closely with you every step of the way to make your St. Augustine hormone replacement therapy experience as effective and low-risk as possible. Give us a call at (386) 366-7418 today to get started.