The aging process causes many different negative symptoms, but sometimes aging isn’t solely to blame for all of your symptoms: your hormones are. If you live with low hormone levels and they are causing you to live a life defined by symptoms instead of balance, we can help. At Cady Wellness in Newburgh, IN, we offer HRT, also known as hormone replacement therapy, that can help restore balance to your body, mind, and soul.
Is 62 Too Old for HRT?
Suppose your age is keeping you from considering hormone replacement therapy as a way to improve your overall sense of well-being and find relief from the symptoms associated with insufficient hormone levels. In that case, we want to let you know that the age of 62 does not disqualify you from treatment.
Age and Hormone Replacement Therapy
Age is a factor when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. At a certain age, men and women start evaluating their symptoms and inevitably seek out hormone replacement therapy to alleviate those symptoms and experience vitality.
Men, Women, and Hormone Deficiencies
Generally, this happens once women begin menopause. For most women, this happens in the forties or fifties, and hormone levels begin to plummet.
The result is a series of unwanted symptoms, including mood swings, low libido, weight gain, night sweats, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness.
Most men begin to experience hormone deficiencies in a stage called andropause, which is also referred to as male menopause. Andropause also takes place in the 40s or 50s and is defined by a decrease in testosterone levels. Low testosterone negatively impacts every area of a man’s life, including physical and sexual functioning, mental awareness and clarity, and emotional stability.
The Determining Factors for Treatment
For HRT, the most common patients are men and women whose lives have been defined by the symptoms of menopause or andropause. However, age is not the primary determining factor. If you are 62 years old and suffer from the effects of hormone imbalance or insufficient hormone levels, you are not too old for treatment.
Age Isn’t the Only Factor
Your physical state, hormone levels, and symptoms are the most important factors in determining whether this treatment is right for you, not just your age. Just like most conditions, there is an average treatment age, but there are also many outliers who will qualify for treatment.
Men and women in their 20s and 30s can experience the symptoms of hormone imbalance due to lifestyle factors, genetics, and health conditions. In the same way, men and women over the age of 60 can also benefit from hormone replacement therapy.
Determining Your Candidacy
If you are 62 years old, or if you fall out of what would be considered the standard treatment age in the realm of hormone replacement therapy, you do not need to be discouraged. We can help determine whether you are a candidate for this treatment during an initial consultation at our office. We won’t just discuss your age during this consultation, but we will discuss your concerns and symptoms and review your medical history.
We will perform the necessary diagnostics to obtain your exact hormone levels to have a starting point from which we can then make a treatment plan and help you experience balance as soon as possible.
The Benefits of Beginning Treatment Later in Life
If you are over 60 and qualify for this treatment, you will experience many benefits once you begin the treatment process. The aging process takes a toll on the body. Aging, combined with insufficient hormone levels, can lead to many unpleasant symptoms that define daily life. However, sometimes insufficient hormone levels can masquerade as the signs of aging.
For many patients, their symptoms are just another one of the many signs of aging taking claim on their life. Yet, they find themselves pleasantly surprised at how many of those symptoms dissipate once they begin treatment. They experience increased energy that they thought was reserved for their younger counterparts. Their sex drive increases and they experience all of the anti-aging benefits that hormone replacement therapy can bring.
What Is HRT?
Hormone replacement therapy, also known as HRT, is a treatment designed to balance hormone levels in men and women that have become imbalanced due to age, genetics, lifestyle, or medical conditions. The hormonal system affects many other bodily systems, so an imbalance can cause symptomatic conditions that you may have never even thought to relate to your hormones.
This therapy aims to diagnose an imbalance, measure the hormones, and then supplement the necessary hormones to achieve optimal hormonal balance within the body. HRT uses bioidentical hormones to do this, and in doing so, balances the body. Bioidentical hormones come from plant sources like soy, yams, and cactus. They are created in a pharmaceutical lab and contain compounded hormones, typically estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
These hormones are safe, effective, and natural ways to increase hormone levels in the body because they are bioidentical matches to the hormones that your body produces naturally. Once you begin treatment, your body will respond well to these hormones because they mimic the function of your natural hormones.
How Does It Work?
This treatment is unique because we can use different methods to increase hormone levels. We will choose the method based on your needs, your hormones, and your lifestyle. Ultimately, the choice is up to you.
Since we know the ins and outs of each of these methods, we will explain them in detail so that you know what kind of treatment plan you were signing up for.
Then, we will give you the space to ask any questions you may have regarding each method and help you choose the right one for you. Different options include injections, patches, creams, orals, and tablets.
One method growing in popularity among both men and women with hormones and balances is called pellet therapy. The benefit of pellet therapy is that it takes the guesswork out of treatment so that all you need to do is schedule three to four treatments each year as needed, and we will take care of the rest.
How Does It Work?
Hormone pellet implants are smaller than a grain of rice yet contain all of the hormones you need for hormone optimization. During treatment, we will make a tiny incision in the fatty tissue on your buttocks or hip. We will then insert the pallet and suture the incision, and your treatment will be complete. This treatment begins working immediately as the body begins absorbing the hormones in these pellets directly into the bloodstream.
Over time, the hormonal system gradually achieves a perfect balance. As the effects slowly begin to wear off, we will schedule follow-up treatments to measure your hormone levels and adjust them as needed. Most patients only need three to four pellet insertion appointments each year to maintain optimal hormone levels.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are the Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance?
Your symptoms will cue you in to the fact that your hormones may be imbalanced. A diagnostic evaluation and a comprehensive panel are the best way to determine that your hormones are imbalanced and require treatment. Men and women experience some similar symptoms as well as those that are unique to each gender. Some of the most common symptoms that indicate you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance include:
- Brain fog, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate
- Low libido, vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction, painful intercourse
- Weight gain, inability to gain lean muscle mass
- Anxiety, depression, mood swings, irritability
- Changes in the menstrual cycle, hot flashes, night sweats
- Insomnia, poor quality sleep, inability to stay asleep
- Acne, dry skin, premature aging, poor quality skin
- Bone loss, fractures, and breaks
- Hair loss, thinning hair, poor quality hair
- Bone and joint pain, inability to recover from workouts, extreme muscle soreness
- Chronic fatigue, energy loss
What Are the Benefits of HRT?
One of the primary benefits of HRT is that we have the high-quality, pharmaceutical-grade hormones that you need to achieve optimal balance. Our hormone delivery methods are stronger and more effective than any product you can get over the counter or on the shelves of a drugstore.
Plus, the difference with hormone replacement therapy instead of taking a few pills on your own at home hoping that you can balance your hormones is that you will get constant attention and monitoring. We will walk with you each step of this process and schedule follow-up appointments as needed to check your levels and ensure that your prescription gives you the best possible results.
Not only will you get constant care and attention, but you will experience a decrease in the symptoms associated with hormone imbalance as well as all the benefits that balanced hormones bring. Your mood will improve, and you will experience emotional stability. Emotional instability will help positively impact your relationships, both personal and professional.
Physically, you will feel stronger, it will be easier for you to lose weight, and you will be able to increase muscle mass and definition. Your sex drive will improve, and if you are an older patient, many of the symptoms that you thought were just normal signs of aging will be reversed, and you will experience increased vitality and rejuvenation.
Is It Safe?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is completely safe. It is nothing like synthetic hormone replacement therapy, which uses sources like the urine of pregnant horses to create synthetic hormones. Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones do not cause side effects or put you at risk for serious diseases. In fact, they protect your body from disease and reduce your risk of developing certain health conditions.
This treatment is carefully administered and monitored during the entirety of the treatment. You will be under constant supervision and care, so you can rest assured that while you are getting optimal hormones, you will also be receiving a safe and clinically proven to be an effective way to improve the symptoms of an imbalance.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The total number of treatments you will need to achieve optimal hormone balance depends on the method you choose during your consultation. Once we decide on the best hormone administration method for you, we can give you a better idea of what your treatment plan will look like and entail.
How Soon Will I Notice a Change in My Symptoms?
It is not safe to deliver significant amounts of hormones into the body all at once. That being said, this process gradually and safely increases your hormone levels to what would be considered optional. Most patients notice a positive change in how they feel within the first two weeks of treatment, but it can take up to six months to experience all of the benefits of completely balance hormones.
Make HRT a Part of Your Life
If you have been suffering from insufficient hormone levels, there is a solution, and we can help. Whether you’re 22 or 62, we can determine whether you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy and then begin administering the necessary hormones to help you look and feel your best regardless of age. Contact the experts at Cady Wellness in Newburgh, IN, today and schedule your initial consultation.