Aging affects you externally through your appearance, and internally, affecting your daily life. Internal changes can stem from hormone changes, deficits, and the symptoms that accompany a decrease in hormone levels. At Cady Wellness in Newburgh, IN, we want to let you know that you don’t have to deal with these changes. You can reverse the aging process with HRT to improve your appearance and the overall quality of your life.
Can I Take HRT for Life?
Hormone replacement therapy has been around for years, but only in the past several years has a newer, natural form been introduced that has changed the way that the medical world views HRT. HRT has evolved over time, and synthetic hormones have been replaced with bioidentical ones, hormones that are identical to those the body produces naturally.
For that reason, there is far less risk or a chance of unfavorable outcomes. With bioidentical hormones, we can address your concerns, adjust your levels as needed for as long as necessary. Many men and women begin this therapy to:
- Find relief from their symptoms
- Experience the anti-aging effects
- Improve the quality of their lives
Evaluating Safety Concerns
Many studies have been done on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. The conclusions are the same: you are safer while undergoing this therapy than you are living with low hormone levels. A hormone imbalance can put you at a higher risk for some life-threatening diseases. It also increases your risk for breaks and fractures as low hormones can lead to poor bone mass.
BHRT helps protect your body from osteoporosis by balancing your body and strengthening your bones. HRT unmonitored is unsafe, which is why when you choose our office for treatment, we’ll walk with you each step of the way.
- Test hormones to identify your particular imbalance
- Administer treatment hormones at the lowest possible dose
- Follow the treatment for the shortest time needed
As to whether you can remain on HRT for life, that question must be answered on a patient-by-patient case. Each patient has different needs, hormone levels, and goals. During your initial consultation, we’ll measure your levels and help create a treatment plan, as well as provide you with a recommendation for how long you should undergo treatment.
Andropause vs. Menopause
Men experience hormone imbalances just as often as women do; you just may not hear about it as much. Andropause is the male equivalent to menopause and typically affects men after they turn 40. However, hormone imbalances occur as early as the 20s in some men due to genetics, health issues, and other reasons.
The difference between menopause and andropause is that not all men experience this condition, but all women go through menopause. Men can still reproduce during and after andropause, but menopause signals the end of a women’s reproductive years. Andropause doesn’t have a specific start and end date; menopause does. Its symptoms aren’t quite as severe as the symptoms of menopause, but they are still real and affect a man’s everyday life.
Andropause and Its Symptoms
The primary cause of andropause is a decrease in testosterone production. Low testosterone levels lead to some very telling symptoms, including:
- Chronic fatigue
- Mood changes
- Inability to gain lean muscle mass
- Brain fog
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
Menopause and Its Symptoms
Menopause begins at different times for different women, but it usually takes place sometime in the 40s or 50s. Menopause begins 12 months after a woman has stopped getting a regular period. Menopause takes place when the ovaries are no longer producing healthy or functioning eggs. At birth, females have one to three million eggs; by age 12, she has 400,000 eggs.
Menopause signals that there are no eggs left. Changes in the body and changing hormone levels lead to different symptoms, including hot flashes, mood changes, cramping, weight gain, and poor sleep. Menopause can last from 7 to 14 years in total.
No one wants to experience symptoms for seven to fourteen years, which is why HRT can make such a difference. Not every woman experiences the same symptoms during menopause, but the symptoms do come, and they do affect everyday life. Some of the most common symptoms of menopause include:
- Cysts in the breasts
- Heart palpitations
- Panic attacks
- Poor complexion
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Poor quality sleep
- Hot flashes
- Poor sex drive
- Ovarian cysts
- Brain fog
- Trouble concentrating
- Vaginal dryness
How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Change Everything
Before treatment begins, we will test your blood levels to get an exact number regarding your hormones and what needs adjustment. The most common hormones that require supplementation include:
What Happens During Treatment?
HRT comes in many different shapes and sizes, and there are different methods to deliver hormones to the body, but in our office, we use pellet therapy. Pellets are made of bioidentical hormones from natural sources, particularly plant-based sources. These pellets contain the exact dosage of hormones that you need. During treatment, your doctor will make a tiny incision in the fatty tissue of your hip or buttocks.
He will then insert the pellet and close the incision. The entire treatment is painless and takes five to ten minutes to complete. The pellet dissolves and absorbs directly into the bloodstream. It gives you the right hormones at the right time exactly when you need them. When you are under stress, your body will provide you with the hormones you need to achieve balance.
You can expect a change in your symptoms within one to two weeks of beginning treatment, but the best results will come from undergoing treatment for several months. The benefit of pellet therapy is that you only need a few treatments each year to achieve balanced hormones year-round.
Addressing Low Testosterone
- Relief from fatigue, anxiety, depression, and irritability
- Greater sense of well being
- Increased sexual performance
- Decreased fat mass
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Restored muscle mass and strength
Addressing Menopause Symptoms
Hormone therapy can solve a multitude of issues stem from menopause. It is one of the most effective therapies to help treat hot flashes and vaginal dryness. We will create a treatment of customized hormones based on your needs in your levels. Once you begin treatment, you can target and treat specific symptoms that have negatively impacted your life for years. Some of the symptoms that change quickly after treatment include:
- Hot flashes
- Mood changes
- Night sweats
- Hot Flashes
- Skin issues
- Frequent UTI’s
- Vaginal dryness
- Sleep problems
Additionally, treatment can protect you from developing certain diseases and health conditions, including:
The benefit of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is that the body doesn’t view these hormones as foreign substances once you begin treatment. The formula is 100% bioidentical, meaning it is almost a perfect match to the hormones that your body creates naturally. Your body will use these hormones the same way that it uses the ones it produces naturally without the unwanted side effects often caused by synthetic hormones.
When you lack the energy to make it through each day, it affects every area of your life, from your ability to exercise to your ability to perform well at work. Low energy can make it hard to perform activities that you used to love. Hormone therapy helps treat chronic fatigue and, in doing so, increases motivation, alertness, and physical drive.
Better Sex Drive
One of the most common signs of imbalanced hormones is a low libido. Once you begin treatment, you will notice a positive change in your sex drive which will improve your relationships and help promote intimacy.
Improved Quality Sleep
A hormone imbalance leads to poor quality sleep. Whether it’s the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or the fact that you constantly wake up with night sweats, poor sleep negatively affects your life. This treatment will help you sleep well so that you can rest well and feel renewed you wake up in the morning.
Improvements in Men’s Health
Disease Prevention in Women
- Increased blood flow in the body
- Possible Alzheimer’s prevention
- A 37% decrease in the chance of developing colorectal cancer
- The potential drop in blood sugar levels
- A 37% decrease in the chance of hip fractures caused by osteoporosis
Am I a Candidate?
If you can relate to any of the symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance, you may qualify as a candidate who will benefit from hormone replacement therapy.
Take the First Step Today
You don’t have to live with imbalanced hormones. HRT gives you a choice, and it will change your life. You will feel better, look better, and have the kind of energy you didn’t think was possible anymore. Contact us today at Cady Wellness in Newburgh, IN, to learn more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and how it can positively impact every area of your life.