Hormone Replacement Therapy
Aging is not always easy. Sometimes our bodies betray us even though we do our best to care for them, making the natural transition of growing older a major health challenge instead. As women approach and go through menopause, they can experience extreme side effects. Men can fight unwanted symptoms as they age too. Hormone irregularities and imbalances are often to blame. At Swetech Family Medicine, we offer natural hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help you into the next stage of your life and, most of all, give you your life back.
Recognizing and Treating Hormone Problems
Pop culture likes to make fun of menopause, showing female characters experiencing hot flashes or major mood swings. But there is nothing amusing about these physical and mental challenges for a woman who is experiencing them. Men often escape the microscope of society when it comes to hormone imbalances, but that often leaves this gender to suffer silently.
Hormone imbalances, however, are very real and nothing to be laughed at or ignored. They can strike women and men, though in different ways, and suck the vibrancy out of their day-to-day life and the things they have always enjoyed.
Symptoms of Female Hormone Imbalance
Women can experience a variety of symptoms when they’re in menopause that affect not just their reproductive organs but their entire well-being. Hormone imbalance symptoms include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Reduced libido
- Weight gain
- Irregular periods
- Sleep difficulty
The endocrine system requires balance, and when hormones are changing, they might need a boost to shift in the right direction and make the transition to menopause far less taxing.
Symptoms of Male Hormone Imbalance
Men who pride themselves on their strength and vigor may be faced with the reality that they’re not as strong and energetic as they once were. Hormone imbalances in men could present as:
- Decreased libido
- Lack of energy
- Decreased endurance
- Lack of strength
- Mood changes
- Difficulty getting and maintaining an erection
When testosterone levels fluctuate, the male physiology suffers. Hormone and neurotransmitter activities are negatively affected, which means a man will not have the same kind of vitality he once did.
The Natural Way to Conduct Hormone Therapy
Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) view healthcare differently than other doctors. Instead of automatically prescribing a medication or assuming you’re just like every other woman, the approach is personalized. Hormone level testing is important, but so is your unique health history, current symptoms, concerns, goals, and more.
In many cases, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an ideal path for a woman in menopause, but it can also work for women with ovarian dysfunction and men with low testosterone levels. If this type of hormone therapy is right for you, it will be developed specifically for your body and adjusted as needed to provide the greatest benefit and the fewest risks.
Ultimately, your DO at Swetech Medical Center in Clinton Township is looking at you and you alone. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to any sort of medical care, especially hormone therapy. We respect your body’s unique needs and will treat it singularly.
Schedule your appointment to find out whether a hormone imbalance is behind your feeling of unwellness. You can get back to normal again, you can enjoy the next decades of your life. Allow us to help you find that path and stay on it.