The natural decline in hormone levels that people experience is even more pronounced among those who have HIV. This happens because HIV affects the levels of the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA, and because some medications for the disease may also lower levels of these hormones. Some people with HIV experiencing hormone-related symptoms may benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) at our office.
What’s the Connection Between HIV and Hormone Levels?
Hormone-related symptoms are most often associated with aging. Studies show that people who have HIV often experience these symptoms earlier than the average age range of 45 to 55. They may also experience more severe cases of the symptoms.
Why Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy?
As people age, many men and women experience discomforts such as weight loss, headaches, depression and mood swings, fatigue, sleep problems such as insomnia, weakened bones, vaginal dryness, a lower sex drive, and inability to conceive. Replenishing the levels of reproductive hormones with HRT can often relieve these symptoms. This also holds true for people experiencing the symptoms associated with HIV. We may recommend hormone replacement therapy if your hormonal symptoms interfere with your activities and/or relationships.
How Does Hormone Replacement Therapy Work?
Hormone replacement therapy is an effective treatment that basically raises certain hormones to appropriate levels, alleviating many symptoms. After consistent HRT treatment, you should begin to feel more like yourself again. While this obviously won’t cure your disease, it can help to alleviate the symptoms associated with low or fluctuating hormone levels.
While HRT is the most effective way to treat symptoms related to dropping hormone levels, home remedies and lifestyle changes can also have a positive impact. These include regular exercise and avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Our team can tell you more about this during an in-person consultation.
Contact Our Office Today
Fortunately, a lot of people living with HIV also experience unbalanced hormone levels to the point where it negatively affects multiple aspects of life. If you are noticing unpleasant symptoms, make an appointment with us at Potomac Rejuvenation Center. Together, we can explore the possibility of hormone replacement therapy for symptom relief. Our hormone replacement clinic is conveniently located in Washington, DC. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for hormone replacement therapy!