Your hormones play a significant role in bodily functions related to weight, sleep, mood, and appetite. Hormone levels tend to decline naturally with age, but can often be maintained with healthy lifestyle behaviors such as regular exercise and good nutrition. However, healthy behaviors alone sometimes aren’t enough to keep our hormones at optimal levels and ward off signs of aging, illness, and disease.
If you’ve been experiencing problems related to hormonal imbalance, you may be an ideal candidate for hormone replacement therapy. Here’s a closer look at how hormone treatments can revitalize your life and help you correct imbalanced hormone levels.
Reduce Menopausal Symptoms
In women, levels of estrogen and progesterone decline with age, triggering unpleasant menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, sweating, and irritability. Balancing estrogen and progesterone can help reduce these symptoms, and may even delay menopause for another several months or years. Hormone replacement therapy can provide a woman with the amount of estrogen and progesterone she needs to stave off menopause.
Treat or Prevent Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid, which occurs when the thyroid gland fails to produce the amount of thyroid hormones needed to maintain optimal health and ward off disease. An underactive thyroid has been linked to serious health conditions including fatigue, weight gain, depression, hair loss, and muscle aches. Thyroid hormones can decline naturally with age, but hormone replacement therapy can help balance your hormones to reduce the risk of hypothyroidism.
Improve Sleep Hygiene
Imbalanced hormone levels and poor sleep hygiene are closely related due to the way lack of sleep can throw off your hormone balance, and how certain symptoms of low hormones (such as hot flashes and night sweats) can contribute to a poor night’s sleep. Hormone treatments can balance your hormones so you can sleep better and feel more productive and energetic during the day. Hormone therapy also improves your sleep quality by boosting melatonin—a hormone produced at night while you sleep that helps fight cancer and other diseases.
Achieve Younger-Looking Skin
Estrogen plays a role in your skin’s production of collagen and hyaluronic acid—both of which are critical to maintaining smooth, clear, and young-looking skin. Having lower estrogen levels can contribute to fine lines, wrinkles, and loose, sagging skin. Hormone treatments may be used as an anti-aging and skin rejuvenation therapy to help you achieve healthier and younger-looking skin.
Feel More Energetic
Declines in testosterone and estrogen can make men and women feel sluggish, tired, and fatigued, which is partly why older populations tend to be less active. Hormone replacement therapy can boost testosterone and estrogen levels to help older adults feel more energetic and vibrant, which indirectly reduces the risk of weight gain and obesity.
Restore Sexual Libido
Reduced levels of estrogen and testosterone can greatly reduce your desire to have sex, and cause problems in the bedroom such as vaginal dryness, pain during sex, and the inability to achieve or maintain an erection. Hormone treatments can revitalize and restore your sex life so you can get back to being more intimate with your partner.
Improve Your Mood
Fluctuations in testosterone can lead to spikes in the stress hormone cortisol, causing depression and other mood disorders. Irritability, depression, and moodiness are common symptoms associated with imbalances in hormone levels for this reason. Hormone treatments can deliver the needed amount of testosterone your body needs to improve your mood and ward off serious mental health disorders.
Restore Low Levels of DHEA
The adrenal gland naturally produces dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), which plays an important role in the production of other hormones including estrogen and testosterone. Low levels of DHEA can upset your body’s hormonal imbalance to cause problems including fatigue, depression, and loss of sexual libido. DHEA can decline naturally with age, and as a result of eating lots of foods high in sugar. Hormone replacement therapy can help you restore and balance DHEA, which in turn, can help balance other important hormones.
Avoid Weight Gain
Weight gain and obesity can make you feel extremely uncomfortable, which can make you less likely to stay active. Excess weight can also lower your immunity and increase your risk for diseases including various cancers. Hormone imbalances are a risk factor for weight gain; therefore, hormone therapy can help you avoid or shed extra pounds that can affect your quality of life.
Where to Find Safe, Effective Hormone Replacement Therapy
Ww, at EnteBella Medical, offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area of Arizona, to help you restore low levels of estrogen, testosterone, and other hormones essential to good overall health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about whether you’re an ideal candidate for hormone replacement therapy.