Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is a process of supplementing the body when hormone levels are low. It can restore physiological functions arising from aging or genetic factors. Dr. Moghadam from Modern Aesthetica applies a comprehensive approach and in-depth evaluations. The process generates a tailored treatment plan to attain optimal outcomes for the patient.
Hormonal imbalance causes and risks
Your body relies on chemicals from the endocrine system to signal physiological processes when to start or stop. These chemicals are hormones that control critical functions such as metabolism or reproduction.
As we age, hormone levels may fluctuate unpredictably, posing various health risks. Even minor variations may have a considerable impact on your body.
The symptoms of hormonal imbalances may differ depending on the specific hormone in your case. Generally, patients of all ages and gender experience the following symptoms:
- Muscle weakness and bouts of fatigue
- Uncharacteristic nervousness or lethargy
- Frequent night-time urination
- Unusual weight gain
The symptoms may indicate an underlying chronic condition like depression or diabetes. Therefore, one indication does not confirm your hormones are imbalanced. Before developing the diagnosis, your practitioner must thoroughly assess your medical history and symptoms.
HRT for women
Menopause and perimenopause can impact a woman’s productivity and quality of life. HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) seeks to replenish hormones women lose as they age.
A dip in hormone levels may cause insomnia and irritability. The hormone progesterone produced by the ovaries promotes sleep and has anti-inflammatory effects.
Estrogen also plays a critical role in the female reproductive system and in regulating the menstrual cycle. HRT supplementation can address mild to moderate cases of vaginal dryness and hot flashes. Many therapies employ both estrogen and progesterone for the best outcomes.
HRT for men
Hormone replacement therapy can also benefit men with hormonal imbalances due to aging or genetics. Testosterone is the principal male reproductive hormone produced by the testicles. Insufficient testosterone levels can affect the development of sexual organs or trigger sexual dysfunction.
Testosterone also promotes muscle mass and bone density. Low levels may lead to a loss in muscle volume or increase the risk of joint injuries and inflammation. Coupled with the lack of motivation and drive, developing muscle volume through exercise can be challenging.
Hormone replacement therapy can boost levels of testosterone to address erectile dysfunction. However, unusually high levels may trigger side effects such as chest pain and frequent urination. Severe side effects may include breast enlargement and a rise in cholesterol.
Is HRT right for your condition?
Your provider must administer the proper prescription to avoid risks and side effects. The process could worsen the symptoms of patients with liver or heart disease. HRT is also not suitable for patients with vaginal bleeding or a history of blood clotting disorder.
Nonetheless, the latest treatment protocols are much safer than traditional HRT therapies. The process may involve using amino acid chains to boost hormone levels. Additionally, your provider will monitor your recovery to address complications as they crop up.
Contact Modern Aesthetica to schedule an appointment with a specialist today.