WHAT IS HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY?
At Concierge Medicine of Columbus, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is used primarily to replenish hormones lost during menopause or after a hysterectomy. In either of these life-changing situations, the body's stores of estrogen and progesterone rapidly drop, causing fluctuations in how the body regulates itself. This can lead to changes in mood, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sexual dysfunction, and many other symptoms. Dr. Linda Jill Moore and Dr. Ronald Hudson also prescribe hormone replacement therapy in other instances when men or women experience radical fluctuations in their hormone levels.
Am I A Candidate For Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Candidates for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) at Concierge Medicine of Columbus include women and men, typically over the age of 40, who may be noticing changes in their body's functioning and want to restore their energy and youthful vitality. Typical body changes include:
- Low sex drive
- Performance issues or erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Low energy levels
- Hair loss
- Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
- Loss of muscle mass
- Difficulty concentrating or mental fog
- Menopause symptoms (hot flashes, insomnia, sexual issues, night sweats, etc.)
- Feeling tired all the time or fatigued
- Gaining weight and having trouble losing it
- Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression
- Reduced libido and sex drive
- Sexual dysfunction (vaginal dryness, pain, etc.)
- Mental fog, problems concentrating
- Loss of bone density
BENEFITS OF BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE REPLACEMENT
Hormone replacement therapy adds back hormones to combat the effects of low hormone levels. This can help reduce symptoms, such as fatigue, sleep issues, vaginal dryness, erectile dysfunction, hot flashes, night sweats, and pain during sex. It can also help with weight loss, allow for greater muscle gain, improve memory, sharpen your thinking, and stabilize your mood.
What can I expect after BHRT?
Considering that BHRT is an exclusive therapy, it's critical to keep up with any post-care rules supplied by Dr. Moore. Patients might possibly encounter implications such as tenderness, acne, hair growth, and fluctuating moods while the body adjusts to the newfound hormone numbers. During the development of your treatment, our team will check in with you to investigate your advancement. The prescription and treatment plan can moreover be tweaked as necessary. Some patients become aware of the soothing results of BHRT over several days consecutive to the first phase of their therapy.
Hormone Replacement Therapy FAQ
What does hormone replacement therapy do?
As we age, the levels of hormones that regulate nearly every system and function in our bodies drop. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) uses a bio-identical replacement to raise the levels of these hormones back to a more optimal level. With your hormones in a healthier balance, a host of positive health effects can be experienced, from more energy and weight loss to better sexual function and improved mood.
Does hormone replacement therapy (HRT) help you lose weight?
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) helps stabilize your hormones and, in turn, can increase your metabolism closer to where it was when you were younger. This can have a positive effect on reducing fat and improving weight loss, especially for fat located around the belly. Several studies have shown that people on HRT can lose up to three pounds of fat and score up to a point lower on the BMI (body mass index) scale.
Can anyone use HRT?
No, hormone replacement therapy isn’t for everyone. While hormone replacement therapy can benefit both women and men, women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, have a history or family history of certain cancers (breast, ovarian, womb), are prone to vaginal bleeding, or men and women a history of blood clots, stroke, or DVT (deep vein thrombosis), may not be candidates for HRT. During your consultation with Dr. Moore or Dr. Hudson, they will talk to you about your medical history to determine if HRT is right for you.
Can hormone replacement therapy make you look younger?
Because HRT helps stabilize your hormones, some patients may see improved results in their skin and hair. HRT can improve the production of collagen and elastin which may help to improve fine lines and wrinkles and promote healthier hair growth.
BALANCE YOUR HORMONES
Reach out to Dr. Ronald Hudson or Dr. Linda Jill Moore today for a consultation on how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help you. Concierge Medicine of Columbus offers hormone replacement therapy to all members of our concierge service as an included portion of our annual membership package, serving Columbus, GA and residents of the surrounding region.
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