People who suffer from hormone imbalances can benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) at any age. At the biostation, our hormone therapy is bioidentical – meaning that the hormones used are the exact same match to your body’s hormones and work successfully with the brain’s hormone receptors. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is preferred as it usually means safer, more efficient and effective results for the patient.
Male & Female HRT Treatment Options
There are several different types of HRT treatments available to men and women. Since everyone is different with a unique biochemistry, it’s important to work with your doctor to determine the treatment that’s right for you.
Women have two major sex hormones – estrogen and progesterone.
While both are important, estrogen levels are more likely to become imbalanced. A woman’s body produces a high volume of estrogen during puberty to generate breasts and start menstrual cycles. During menopause, the level of estrogen drops before reaching a new balance.
Women suffering from hormonal issues might experience these symptoms:
- Reduced energy and frequent feelings of fatigue
- Problems concentrating and remembering things
- Reduction in sexual desire and sexual sensation
- Difficulty regulating moods, including depression
Bioidentical hormone replacement is the most common treatment. Before treatment starts, it’s important to measure current hormone levels. Then, a customized, comprehensive, and scientific course of treatment can be designed.
Depending on patient needs, hormones can usually be administered through intramuscular injection or implantation of a time-release “pellet” that gradually and optimally introduces hormones into the bloodstream. In some cases, hormones are available as a pill or patch.
Women also have a small amount of testosterone, a male sex hormone, in their bodies. In some cases, it may be necessary to supplement the body’s testosterone. This can sometimes combat symptoms related to concentration and physical stamina.
Like women, men have a vital sex hormone – testosterone.
It is produced in large quantities in the testes, though both sexes produce testosterone through the adrenal glands, near the kidneys.
Testosterone is the “secret ingredient” enabling men to build muscle tissue relatively faster than women. It is also involved in physical strength, stamina, and libido.
Testosterone isn’t just for bodybuilders: it’s as important to men as estrogen is to women. In fact, men with low testosterone can suffer all the same symptoms as women, listed above. One of the most common symptoms of low testosterone is erectile dysfunction. If you suffer from “ED” and cardiovascular issues are ruled out, hormonal imbalance is a very likely the culprit!
Men can receive hormone replacement therapy using intramuscular injection, time-release pellet, or topical cream. The type used depends on the specific type of testosterone needed. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is another type of hormone men may need to supplement.
What about female hormones for men or male hormones for women? Generally, men should minimize exposure to external sources of estrogen and progesterone, while women should do the same for testosterone, as this can cause health complications.
Have More HRT Questions? Ask the biostation!
At the biostation, we have successfully treated thousands of men and women with our custom hormone replacement therapy programs designed for each individual patient. To learn more, contact us today. We look forward to helping you!