Hormone Replacement Therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Understanding Hormone Replacement Therapy

Women going through menopause and men dealing with low levels of testosterone can both benefit from the use of hormone replacement therapy.

Menopause causes lower levels of estrogen in your body. Consequently, the reduction in estrogen can lead to hot flashes, vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping, and other issues. Healthcare providers can prescribe low levels of estrogen to combat these symptoms.

Some men experience low levels of testosterone either from aging or other factors. This can cause low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, loss of muscle, and other issues. Healthcare providers can prescribe extra doses of testosterone to eliminate these problems.

Signs You May Need Hormone Replacement Therapy

Women may benefit from hormone replacement therapy, if you…

  • Have severe menopausal symptoms.
  • Want to prevent bone loss and fractures.
  • Are experiencing early menopause.
  • Have an estrogen deficiency.

Men may benefit, if you have…

  • Issues with sexual performance.
  • Low sperm count.
  • Mood swings/irritability.
  • Depression and anxiety.

Risk Factors of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Although hormone replacement therapy has many benefits, it also comes with some risks.

Women may be more at risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Breast Cancer
  • Blood Clots

Men may experience:

  • Worsened sleep apnea
  • Skin reactions
  • Prostate growths
  • Decreased testicle size
  • Increased red blood cells

Treatment with Hormone Replacement Therapy

Healthcare providers prescribe estrogen in a variety of ways to treat low estrogen levels in women. Specifically, treatment can include pills, creams, sprays, vaginal rings, or other methods. Talk to your provider to find out the best treatment method for you and your body.

For men, your healthcare provider may suggest a few options for testosterone doses. You can receive intramuscular injections, apply patches, or apply topical gel to combat symptoms of low testosterone. With this in mind, consult your provider to find out the best method for you.

Insurances We Accept

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  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare
  • Tricare
  • Medicare
  • TennCare

Experiencing Symptoms of Low Estrogen or Testosterone?

Magnolia Family Medicine & Wellness is here to help you get your levels back to normal, so you can get back to living your best life.

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