Hormone imbalance is a common problem, and it can occur at a younger age than most people realize. Nearly 40% of men age 45 and older have low testosterone, and many men experience a significant decline by age 35. A decline in estrogen typically strikes women in their 40s, but hormones can start to dip naturally in a woman’s 30s.
Changes in hormone levels can have a profound impact on how you feel and function in your day-to-day life. If you’re struggling with low estrogen or lack of testosterone, or if you suspect your symptoms are caused by hormone imbalance, hormone replacement therapy is a safe and effective treatment option.
At A New You Health & Wellness-The Woodlands, board-certified endocrinologist Jonathan C. Cheng, MD, uses the latest research, knowledge, and expertise to help men and women lose weight, balance their hormones, and fight the signs of aging so you can look and feel your best.
Here, we discuss how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore your hormone levels so you feel well.
1. Restoring proper hormone levels
Unlike synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones your body naturally makes. When your body no longer produces an optimal level of hormones, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an effective option for restoring your hormone levels.
Hormone production naturally declines with age. When this happens, you may experience a host of symptoms that can interfere with your daily life:
- Changes in mood
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Problems losing weight
- Trouble concentrating
- Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Reduced libido
- Hair loss or thinning
Once you begin treatment, your body has access to these hormones again. Overall, you start to feel more like yourself again.
2. All-natural, customized hormone replacement
It’s common to be concerned about using synthetic hormones in your body. Our bioidentical hormone replacement therapy uses all-natural hormones, and the quality of the hormones sets this treatment apart from traditional hormone replacement therapy.
Synthetic hormones are produced in a one-size-fits-all predetermined set of strengths. Bioidentical hormones are derived from plants and allow for more precise dosage and personalization.
3. Eliminating bothersome symptoms
There’s no need to struggle with bothersome symptoms related to low hormones. Lack of hormones doesn’t go away on its own. While symptoms may decline after two years, they most often last several years. In fact, for women, menopause misery can last up to 14 years. What’s more, men can also experience ongoing symptoms as well.
You may be saying to yourself that you don’t think you could stand a decade of troublesome symptoms without some kind of help. The good news is, bioidentical hormones can eliminate these symptoms.
4. Treating more than night sweats
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy not only minimizes common symptoms of low estrogen such as night sweats and hot flashes. It can eliminate many uncomfortable symptoms you may experience as a result of lack of hormones.
Once hormone balance is restored you may notice:
- Weight loss
- Improved sleep
- Better mood
- Improved cognition
- Increased sex drive
Women who’ve struggled with symptoms of low hormones often report feeling generally happier and healthier.
5. Offering positive effects for men and women
Men often begin to experience symptoms of low testosterone around the time women start to experience menopause. These symptoms include:
- Reduced muscle mass
- Lack of stamina
- Low libido
- Increased body fat (especially in your abdomen)
- Low energy
A common and sometimes embarrassing issue that affects men during these years is erectile dysfunction. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has a positive effect on male sexual health.
While more research is needed, some studies also indicate that this therapy may help with other seemingly unrelated issues — like tooth loss, cataracts, and diabetes. Put simply, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offers a myriad of potential positive effects for both men and women.
Feel like yourself again with bioidentical hormone replacement. To learn whether hormone therapy with bioidentical hormones is right for you, call our office or request an appointment online to schedule a visit with Dr. Cheng.