As men and women age the production of hormones slowly starts to decline. This usually beings in the late 30s and continues into the 40s and 50s. For women, this hormone decline results in menstruation stopping as well as a host of uncomfortable side effects like hot flashes and mood swings. For men, the hormone decline is called andropause, also known as “male menopause.” Men going through andropause often complain of low sex drive and fatigue. Both men and women suffering from hormone imbalance should consider bio-identical hormone replacement therapy as a treatment option.
Bio-identical hormones are manufactured using a compound found in plants like soybeans and wild yams. The compound is altered to exactly match the chemical makeup of hormones produced naturally in the body. This “match” helps the body use bio-identical hormones in the most effective way possible. Bio-identical hormones can be used to treat an imbalance of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and human growth hormone among others.
Men going through andropause can experience symptoms like low libido, erectile dysfunction, mood swings, tiredness, night sweats, decreased muscle mass and problems with memory and concentration. The hormone depletion causing these symptoms can be corrected with bio-identical hormones. Once hormones are balanced again, patients can see an increase in energy levels, hair re-growth, higher sex drive, improved muscle tone, better sleep and decreased muscle and joint pain.
For women, bio-identical hormones replacement therapy can treat menopause symptoms like night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness and hot flashes. Bio-identical hormones are also beneficial for treating other female hormone issues like fertility, premenstrual syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
The method in which the hormones are introduced to the body is also important. Bio-identical hormones are most effective when they are taken transdermally. They can be applied through creams, gels, patches or pellets. Pellets are becoming more and more popular due to their simplicity in gradually releasing hormones as they dissolve under the skin.
To learn more about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy call Dr. John R. Woodward at (972) 566-7870.