Hormone therapy changes the balance of different levels of hormones for uses such as anti-aging, menopause treatment, or disease management. This is often employed to correct hormone imbalances which can lead to complications and the development of medical conditions.
What is hormone therapy?
Hormone therapy, also referred to as HT, is a treatment that is used to supplement the body with hormones to promote the proper balance and homeostasis. The primary hormones used are either estrogen alone or estrogen and progesterone in combination. Just as is the case in menopause, when the ovaries no longer produce sufficient amounts of these hormones, hormone therapy can be provided to supplement the body with adequate levels and the proper balance of estrogen and progesterone. Relieving some of the symptoms of menopause and helping to prevent osteoporosis, hormone therapy helps to replenish the levels of estrogen in the body.
What are the symptoms of hormone imbalance?
Hormones play an integral role in your overall health, so it is important that they remain in proper balance. When they are not, there is a broad range of signs or symptoms that could signify a hormonal imbalance. The signs and symptoms you experience will depend on which hormones or glands are not functioning properly.
Common hormonal conditions that affect both men and women can produce any number of the following signs or symptoms:
- weight gain
- unexplained and sudden weight loss
- muscle weakness
- muscle aches, tenderness, and stiffness
- pain, stiffness, or swelling in your joints
- a hump of fat between the shoulders
- increased or decreased heart rate
- increased sensitivity to cold or heat
- frequent urination
- constipation or more frequent bowel movements
- increased thirst
- increased hunger
- decreased sex drive
- nervousness, anxiety, or irritability
- blurred vision
- thinning hair or fine, brittle hair
- dry skin
- puffy face
- rounded face
- purple or pink stretch marks
How do you treat hormone imbalance?
There are several different treatments available to remedy hormone imbalances, including:
BHRT — Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been used for decades to help women relieve symptoms of menopause. This form of hormone replacement therapy is derived from natural compounds and contains an identical molecular structure to the hormones found in the body. The body uses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in the very same way that it uses hormones that are naturally produced in the body. Hormones work as vital messengers inside your body that provide communication between different body tissues. When hormone levels diminish and become out of balance, they can leave you feeling irritable, exhausted, depressed, and wear on the capacity of physical and mental abilities. They can lead to greater health risks if they stay unbalanced for too long, including osteoporosis, cognitive ailments, cardiovascular disease, and certain forms of cancer.
HRT — Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a type of hormone therapy that replaces or replenishes the depleted or imbalanced hormones. It is commonly used to treat symptoms of menopause, to improve levels of testosterone and for birth control.
Holistic — Holistic hormone replacement therapy requires an understanding of the natural factors that can potentially trigger or exacerbate hormone imbalances. It enables the body to naturally heal and balance hormones.
If you or someone you know believes their hormones are out of balance and are experiencing symptoms of such, come to Wellife Center today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in hormone therapy and can help restore balance to your life. For more information on our hormone treatments and how they can benefit you, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment for hormone therapy, visit our website or speak with us over the phone.