Hormone replacement therapy can sound daunting and down right scary if you aren’t sure what it is. At Balanced Body MD our hormone specialists find themselves answering the same questions again and again. So we thought we would create a post to give you those answers all in one place!
First, let’s start with the most simple question about hormone replacement therapy to make sure we are on the same page. Then we’ll dig into the details.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Just as the term may imply hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is the process of bringing back into balance your body’s optimal hormone levels. An imbalance of hormones can come on due to many different reasons but some of the most common symptoms are mood swings, low libido, foggy thinking, depression, low energy and weight gain.
As you reclaim a balance of hormone levels the most common benefits cited are increased energy, enhanced libido, increased muscle mass, decreased fat mass and a better sleep.
Now onto the three most common questions surrounding hormone replacement therapy:
1. How often is a hormone replacement treatment necessary?
Women typically only need a hormone treatment 3 to 4 times a year while men are even less with a typical twice per year treatment schedule.
Keep in mind that this infrequency of treatments is a benefit of the particular hormone replacement therapy offered at Balanced Body MD called SottoPelle.
2. Are there different types of hormone therapy?
Yes, there are 4 major types of hormone replacement treatments. They are:
By far the preferred approach both for effectiveness and ease are the pellets. Pellets are also highly recommended because they are the only form of treatment that will allow you body to control when additional hormones are released based on need. With the pellets, you also receive a more steady dose in the optimal range. When using pills, injectable, or cream’s your body goes through peaks and valleys with the levels of hormones.
3. How can I know if my hormones are imbalanced?
While symptoms like hot flashes, weight gain, fatigue and others can be indicators of a hormonal imbalance the only way to know for sure is through a hormone evaluation completed in the form of a blood test.
4. Is hormone therapy just for women?
No, this is likely the biggest misconception people have when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. Men suffer just as often from deficient hormone allocation but often go untreated.