Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) in Beckley, WV
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) helps to maintain a balance between estrogen and progesterone. At Beckley Internal Medicine, our board-certified internal medicine physician Dr. Elizabeth Thompson Nelson, MD offers hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy treats symptoms associated with menopause such as hot flashes, skin aging, vaginal dryness, and osteoporosis. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 2401 South Kanawha Street, Ste 100, Beckley, WV 25801.
Table of Contents:
What are the signs that you need hormone replacement therapy?
What is the best form of hormone replacement therapy?
What does hormone replacement therapy do?
Who is a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy?
When is the best time to start hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy, also known as HRT, is a form of medical treatment used to supplement or replace hormones. It is primarily used to treat the symptoms of menopause in women, which can include hot flashes, night sweats, and other discomforts. It can also be used to treat other hormone imbalances in both men and women, including low levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. In some cases, it may also be used in the treatment of infertility.
Hormone replacement therapy is used to treat a variety of hormone-related problems, so if you are experiencing any signs of a hormonal imbalance, such as the following, you may need hormone replacement therapy:
– Hot flashes
– Night sweats
– Vaginal dryness
– Pain, itching, or burning during intercourse
– Bone loss
– Low sex-drive
– Mood changes
– Sleep problems
Other conditions caused by hormone deficiency may also benefit from hormone replacement therapy, so if you have any questions about your condition, please contact our office and we can help you further.
The best form of hormone replacement therapy can look different from one person to the next, however numerous clinical studies show strong evidence for the therapeutic benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) differs from hormone replacement therapy in that it utilizes biochemically identical hormone molecules, so they are more readily used by the body and also come with a much lower chance of risks.
BHRT also comes in a variety of forms, most commonly a subcutaneous pellet that slowly releases hormones over an extended period, oftentimes several months.
Hormone replacement therapy works to replenish depleted hormone levels, such as testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. This therapy works to restore hormonal imbalances by mimicking the form and function of natural hormones.
Because these hormones function the same as the ones that naturally occur in our bodies, when administered in a clinical setting, they are highly efficacious at relieving many types of hormonal imbalances and their associated symptoms.
Ideal candidates for hormone replacement therapy typically include men and women between the ages of 45 and 55 who are experiencing the signs of a hormonal imbalance. With age, the body’s hormone levels naturally decline, and hormone replacement therapy can help minimize some of the unwanted side effects, such as temperature dysregulation and emotional turbulence.
However, patients for hormone replacement therapy must be properly evaluated because if the therapy is misused, such as treating issues unrelated to hormonal imbalances, it could result in unforeseen complications.
You may be a good candidate if:
– You are experiencing andropause symptoms, like:
– Chronic fatigue
– Muscle loss
– Lack of libido
– You are reaching menopause or premature menopause
– You are experiencing memory problems/cognitive decline
– You have mood swings due to menopause
– You experience hormone-related physical discomfort
– You no longer have the same stamina
It is often recommended for women to begin hormone treatment when they begin to experience the symptoms of hormone decline, which typically takes place during perimenopause (a few years before menopause). Due to a significant decline in estrogen and progesterone, menopause is often responsible for symptoms like irritability, fatigue, night sweats and migraines. Hormone therapy can resolve these symptoms caused by hormone decline, and restore hormones to their natural levels.
Men may experience testosterone decline more gradually, with symptoms such as weight gain, lack of energy, low libido and chronic fatigue slowly occurring as men enter their 50s. By undergoing hormone therapy during andropause, men can restore their ideal testosterone levels and boost vitality.
The medical professionals at Beckley Internal Medicine can help you find the best treatment for your hormonal imbalance. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy has helped countless people improve their quality of life; call us today to book an appointment for bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 2401 South Kanawha Street, Suite 100, Beckley, WV 25801. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Beckley WV, Bradley WV, Daniels WV, Shady Spring WV, Sophia WV, Macarthur WV, Mount Hope WV, Lester WV, Stanaford WV, Baylor WV, Beaver WV, and surrounding areas.