Are you a Washington, DC resident who is dealing with hormonal issues that are negatively impacting your quality of life? Problems like menopause and hypogonadism can be an unnecessary burden, often occurring just when you have more time to enjoy life. Let’s look at some common hormonal issues and how something called bio-identical hormone therapy may help if you are suffering from any of these conditions.
Menopause is a term referring to the halting of menstrual cycles, which normally occurs around the age of 50 in women. Menstrual cycles may also be irregular in the preceding years, which is known as perimenopause.
As the levels of sex hormones begin declining, a variety of symptoms may manifest, including hot flashes, fatigue, sleep disturbances, decreased sex drive, irritability, depression, and vaginal dryness. If the estrogen deficiency is long-term, osteoporosis may develop. Menopause is usually determined using blood tests. Bio-identical hormone therapy may be used to treat the symptoms.
This term refers to the lowered production of the male sex hormone testosterone. The condition can be caused by the inability of the testicles to produce enough testosterone or a problem with the pituitary gland.
Low testosterone levels can cause men to have decreased sex drive and energy, thinning of the bones, and erectile dysfunction. The size of the testicles may also decrease along with a decrease in sperm count.
A Look at Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy
Bio-identical hormone therapy at our office in Washington, DC seeks to replace depleted hormones to correct symptoms of hormonal imbalance. The hormones used are identical in a chemical sense to those your own body produces. This therapy intends to balance or replace hormones like those linked to youth and reproduction, such as estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone.
You may make a good candidate for bio-identical hormone therapy if you have symptoms like irregular menstrual cycles, thinning hair on your head or body, weight gain, lowered sex drive, fatigue, dry skin, difficulty sleeping, or cognitive changes. Bio-identical hormone therapy may be able to help you reach a healthy weight, enjoy improved sleep, protect you from bone loss, and improve your sex drive and function.
You can get all the facts about hormone replacement therapy during a consultation with our team at Potomac Rejuvenation Center in Washington, DC. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and get started!