Have you ever wondered how hormones work, or how they may contribute how you are feeling? From puberty through the rest of your life, hormones play an important role in helping us achieve optimal health and wellness. Both men and women produce sex binding hormones such as Testosterone, Progesterone and Estrogen. These hormones can affect many different processes in the body, including reproduction, sexual function, metabolism, growth and development, and even mood.
What Are Hormones?
Hormones are complex molecules produced within the human body to regulate its functions. Men and women have a different hormonal makeup – the primary male hormone is testosterone, while women have estrogen and progesterone.
Male hormones are produced in the testes, while most female hormones are produced in the ovaries. At puberty, both men and women develop a high concentration of hormones. In early adolescent stages, the body starts producing an adequate amount of healthy hormone, and as we continue to age we may notice a decline in energy, changes in sexual desire, growth and development which is caused by a natural decline in hormones.
How Do Hormones Work?
Hormones serve as “chemical messengers” that tell the cells in your body to take certain actions. They facilitate communication between the brain and other organs by binding hormone receptors to other cells. Hormones are involved in every aspect of your body and health.
Everyone experiences a gradual reduction in sex hormones over time. However, your levels can dip low or decrease too quickly due to many different factors. When this happens both men and women of any age can experience a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms.
Interestingly, the effects of low testosterone and low estrogen are fairly similar.
Symptoms of Low T
Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of the ability to concentrate, focus on tasks and remember things
- Loss of physical strength and stamina, often accompanied by weight gain
- Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or regulating temperature at night
- Decrease in overall sexual satisfaction, performance, interest or sensation
- Ongoing fatigue, muscle pain and other discomfort with no obvious source
These and other symptoms can arise at any time of life. They generally persist until a person receives treatment. Once the body’s hormone levels decline, “healthy habits” like a balanced diet and exercise often become more challenging and do not provide the same results as they used too.
How Hormone Replacement Therapy Works
You may have heard about hormone replacement therapy for women facing the effects of menopause. However, hormone replacement therapy for men is also increasingly popular. At any time of life, both men and women benefit from a healthy hormonal balance.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) introduces bioidentical replacement hormones to the body. These hormones come from healthy, natural plant sources and are identical to the hormones produced by your own body. As a result, they are processed more effectively and have minimal risk compared to synthetic alternatives.
Hormone replacement therapy is an age-management treatment that can dramatically improve the negative symptoms associated with aging in men and women. Our medical specialists use a multi-tiered approach to achieve the optimal benefits. To learn more on our effective and customized treatment options for HRT, contact the biostation.