Can Hormone Replacement Therapy Increase My Estrogen Levels?
While most of us know that hormones play a role in puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, you may be surprised to learn just how many other natural processes and functions are controlled by hormones. Everything from weight control to hair growth to sleeping patterns can be impacted by a person’s hormone levels, making hormonal imbalance a particularly disruptive issue. To help men and women feel more like themselves and enjoy a fulfilling life once again, award-winning physician and anti-aging expert Dr. Jeff Semel is committed to offering the most advanced hormone replacement therapies available at Atlanta Medical Institute in Atlanta, GA. Read on to learn more about how hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help restore certain hormones, including estrogen and progesterone, to the normal physiologic range for dramatic and long-lasting symptom improvement.
Do I need hormone replacement therapy?
If you are in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or beyond and have unpleasant or unwanted symptoms caused by declining hormone levels, you may be a candidate for hormone replacement therapy. Some of the most common signs and symptoms that may mean your hormone levels are low or unbalanced include:
- Weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes (women)
- Thinning hair/hair loss
- Loss of muscle mass (men)
- Loss of bone density
- Low energy levels
- Low libido
- Sexual dysfunction
- Vaginal dryness
- Erectile dysfunction
- Acne/skin changes
In some cases, declining hormone levels are related to menopause, andropause, and other expected events. However, some men and women experience hormone fluctuations due to an underlying condition, certain medications, excessive stress, and other factors.
How is hormone imbalance diagnosed?
To determine whether your symptoms are related to a hormonal imbalance or another hormone-related condition, Dr. Semel will perform a comprehensive hormone evaluation. During this visit, Dr. Semel may order lab work, perform a physical examination, take a thorough health history, and have you complete a detailed questionnaire. Based on this information, Dr. Semel will determine the likeliest cause of your symptoms and recommend the most appropriate course of treatment for you. In most cases, patients can achieve dramatic and reliable symptom relief through synthetic hormone replacement therapy or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), each of which has its own set of unique benefits and features.
Can HRT help estrogen levels during menopause?
For women who are specifically concerned about low estrogen levels and the resultant symptoms, hormone replacement therapy may be recommended to restore estrogen levels to the normal range. When estrogen levels are rebalanced with HRT or BHRT, women often report an almost immediate and noticeable improvement in their menopause symptoms.
For men who are struggling with symptoms of low testosterone or andropause, hormone replacement therapy can also be a highly effective tool for boosting testosterone levels and providing long-lasting symptom relief.
Live life to the fullest for even longer with advanced hormone replacement therapy in Atlanta, GA
Aging and low hormone levels go hand-in-hand, but hormone replacement therapy offers patients the opportunity to look and feel younger for longer. To learn more about the anti-aging benefits of HRT and BHRT in Atlanta, GA, call Atlanta Medical Institute or complete our online appointment request form to schedule your one-on-one consultation with expert physician Dr. Jeff Semel today!