Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Right For You?
In each stage of our lives, we face difficulties within our bodies. As we age, we become more susceptible to health risks and challenges. Because of this, it is essential for us to be aware of our bodies’ needs. One particular issue for both women and men revolves around the decline of hormone levels. When we reach a stage of menopause and andropause, the effects of our decreased hormone levels are ever more prevalent.
For men, andropause symptoms may include: Irritability, fatigue, insomnia, decreased sex-drive, depression, confusion and a drop in cognitive function, heart disease, muscle loss, and more.
For women, menopause symptoms are better known and may include: Weight gain, depression, hot flashes, insomnia, loss of energy, depression, anxiety, mood swings, vaginal dryness, headaches, night sweats, etc.
So how do we increase hormone levels when we are facing such aggravating symptoms?
In recent years, there has been an increase in popularity for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Hormone replacement therapy is commonly provided through bioidentical hormone pellet supplements that are injected into an area of fat, typically in the abdomen region. Bioidentical hormone pellets are a type of HRT that are more natural and healthy for the body than certain synthetic drugs which have been known to improve hormone performance. Initially, bioidentical pellets were created from yams and soy but in recent years, due to the demand for mass production, there have been lab advancements aiding the delivery of pellets to the health market. Bioidentical hormones are created to match the same hormone chemicals that our bodies create.
Health benefits from bioidentical hormones have been widely reported and show improvement in weight loss, energy and mood levels, skin, hair and nail growth, sex drive, sleep, amongst many others. These effects can last up to four months.
Hormone levels are known to peak in our late 20s and early 30s. Due to this fact, HRT is not only used for those undergoing menopause and andropause. In many cases, women and men in their mid 30s require supplemental boosts in progesterone, estrogen or testosterone.
HRT has held popularity in California and the West Coast but in recent years, it has been making its way across the nation and growing in recognition. For those on the East Coast, it has been gaining favor in the New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and D.C. regions. While it is still difficult to find professionals who specialize in this area, men and women are urged to speak to their gynecologists or general practitioners to learn where they can seek services and treatment.
Often, many of us who are undergoing symptoms of hormone deficiencies aren’t aware of the source. This is why it is important to speak with a specialist to determine whether your hormone levels are balanced or require attention. Do your research. Informative websites like menaupause.org or womens-health-concern.org may be helpful in getting you started. But regular visits with a doctor will directly address your concerns and find a healthy solution for you.
Achieving a balanced body and satisfying its fundamental needs is not only crucial to our overall health but to our happiness as well.